Review By : Movie Run Time : 1 Hour 50 Minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: CAST N CREW Cast: Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, Murugadoss, Natarajan Subramaniam, Nivin Pauly, Prakash Raj, Shraddha Srinath, Tulasi Direction: Gautham Ramachandran Screenplay: Gautham Ramachandran Story: Rakshit Shetty Music: Ajaneesh Loknath Background score: Ajaneesh Loknath Cinematography: Pandi Kumar S Dialogues: Gautham Ramachandran Editing: Athul Vijay Singers: Ajaneesh Loknath, Vijay Yesudas Lyrics: Velmurugan PRO: Suresh Chandra

Richie is a crime drama that talks about a journalist who attempts to discover the truth behind a murder through the perspectives of different people. It is a remake of popular Kannada film Ulidavaru Kandanthe, which performed both critically and commercially well. A pretty tough script to pull off for a debutante Gautham Ramachandran.


The film aces very well in the technical departments - music, set designs, and cinematography. Music director Ajaneesh Loknath rocks big time. His BGM accentuates the feel of every scene, be it a heavy duty emotional one or the mass moments. Pandi Kumar’s camera is brilliant and captures the dark rawness of the script beautifully. Athul Vijay’s skillfully trimmed cuts are worth a mention though some may blame him for the slowness in the script, few films deserve a poignant treatment as such. The narrative style is different from the ones we have witnessed all along. The film is more of dialogues driven than action, but few scenes with lengthy dialogues might test your patience.


Most of the cast turn in a good performance. As there are quite a lot of characters in the film, and with a run time of just 110 minutes, each actor gets only very limited screen time and have the challenge to perform within that stipulated time space. For an actor of Nivin Pauly's calibre, it is a cakewalk. Nivin has dubbed in Tamil for the first time, and his Tamil accent is good to an extent, but he could've worked more on the thuthukodi slang in detail. However, his mannerisms will be enjoyed by the audience.


A film that is high on emotional content may not be what people would have expected from Richie especially after seeing the stylishly cut trailer, which looked massy. Shraddha Srinath fits the bill of a journalist, who takes the story forward. Natty is natural and emotes with his share of subtlety. His romantic portions with Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli’s aren't strongly established, which is a concern. Aadukalam Murugadoss has done his role well. Raj Bharath’s performance is apt at places but has a little amount of artificiality, which fails to bring out the desired emotions. Kumaravel has a small but significant character that serves an important purpose for the climax.

On the flip side, the weak engagement added to the experimental narration may not work for a few set of audience. These problems actually make the audience distant from the characters and the emotions on screen. Gautham could have done smart changes to these factors to make it engaging overall.


Verdict: Richie is technically sound, but misses on nativity connect and a strong engagement.


2.25 5 ( 2.25 / 5.0 )






Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Nov 23,2017

Sollathan Nenaikirane
Singer: B. Ajaneesh Loknath
Lyrics: Velmurugan

An unusual melody based track that carries forward some dark shades. Sung by composer Ajaneesh himself, this track Sollathan Nenaikirane has a slowish folk beat with the use of instruments like flute and strings to perfection. Lyrics by Velmurugan are simple but suit the music. There is also a use of acoustic and bass guitars that add the proceedings and the tune is very different right from the start to the end. The chorus portions are also nice and it is a nice melody based slow folk number.

Thaayai Thedi
: Vijay Yesudas
Lyrics: Velmurugan

A very pleasant sounding melody delivered by Vijay Yesudas in the form of Thaayai Thedi.  The sound mix is outstanding for this melody and there is a beautiful tune composed for this number that has use of instruments like strings and bass guitars. The keyboard programming is top notch and carries forward the emotion that the song conveys. The latter half has the use of an instrument that sounds like a Shehnai and the tune picks up pace at a different level. The song’s theme is the search for ones mother as the name suggests and is very impressive from composer Ajaneesh Loknath.

Richie (Theme Music)

Another innovative theme that has a lot of rock based tunes and dominated by guitars. This BGM could very well be the backbone of some mass scenes in Richie and the music is on the lines of the Clint Eastwood film’s cowboy music. Bass and acoustic guitars flow in and attract the listener at the very first listen. A brilliantly blended theme music which has the use of a distorted electric guitar, backed up well by some amazing loops used by Ajaneesh. A clear winner this Richie theme.

Final Showdown  

The final showdown is the equivalent music of Ulidavaru Kandante’s final showdown music and has been kept haunting with its eerie tune that attracts the listener. Just like the Kannada compliment, this Richie Final showdown that is dominated by instruments used by two groups - Udupi Puliyattam and Arcot Thappattai has some really native tunes. It is a high intense and engrossing theme music which is a must listen.

Verdict: Ajaneesh’s instrument based innovative album for Nivin Pauly’s Richie is attractive and seems to have the use of really refreshing themes that walk on eerie lines.
( 3.0 / 5.0 )

Richie (aka) Ritchiee

Richie (aka) Ritchiee is a Tamil movie. Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, Murugadoss, Natarajan Subramaniam, Nivin Pauly, Prakash Raj, Shraddha Srinath, Tulasi are part of the cast of Richie (aka) Ritchiee. The movie is directed by Gautham Ramachandran. Music is by Ajaneesh Loknath. Production by CAST N CREW, cinematography by Pandi Kumar S, editing by Athul Vijay.