Richie actor Nivin Pauly: Gautham told me I wouldn’t look good without a beard

For someone who has acted in just one Tamil movie until now, Nivin Pauly is sure a star in Tamil Nadu. While he made his Tamil debut in the bilingual Neram, the love the good-looking actor has garnered was predominantly due to the blockbuster Premam. As the charming George, Nivin became a household name. The movie captured the imagination of Tamil audience at a level that surprised the actor himself, as he has mentioned earlier. The affable, charming Nivin Pauly is back with a straight Tamil film as the menacing, paan-chewing Richie. Continue reading “Richie actor Nivin Pauly: Gautham told me I wouldn’t look good without a beard”

Richie movie review: This Nivin Pauly and Prakash Raj starrer works in parts

There is a scene where Richie and his father (Prakash Raj) are having a conversation at the church. Prakash Raj is a pastor and Nivin waits for him to step out, his profile perfectly aligned with the spine of the Cross. As Prakash Raj steps in, they take the opposite sides of the cross — Richie on the right (pun intended). The scene, for me, is a clear example of the tone Richie takes, in contrast with Ulidavaru Kandante. While essentially both films document the story, Richie is a detailed version of Ulidavaru Kandante. There are several new angles added to the story in form of explanations as to why the characters do what they do. Unfortunately, they don’t sit well with the chaos the narrative style generates. The clash between wanting to be sure the audience understand everything and to also have a convoluted narrative dampens Richie’s effectiveness; something I had loved about the original. Continue reading “Richie movie review: This Nivin Pauly and Prakash Raj starrer works in parts”

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