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Entire team of Richter 7.6 came together through social media: Producer Sajith Kumar


The film, directed by Jeeva KJ, is about a father who realises how the ecological imbalance and exploitation of the land around them is influencing not just humans but all forms of life around them.

Manigandan KR

Richter Scale 7.6  is a film that highlights the intricate ways in which life, value systems and even the state of well being are all tied to the environment and the ecosystem they are part of. The film is about a father who realises how the ecological imbalance and exploitation of the land around them is influencing not just humans but all forms of life around them.

The film, directed by Jeeva KJ, starts off very slowly but ends with a flourish, winning the hearts of most of those who turned up for its screening at the Kazhcha Indie Film Festival (KIFF).

Although the director was not present for the screening, her technical team presented the film on her behalf.

Cinestaan.com caught up with one of the film's producer Sajith Kumar and its script writer Rejikumar K after the screening for a brief chat.

Even before we could ask why the director was not present, producer Sajith explained, "Director Jeeva is in an advanced state of pregnancy at the moment and therefore could not make it to the screening."

There is no doubt that the film makes a strong impact on audiences in terms of the message it conveys on interpersonal relations and the environment. But why the name Richter Scale 7.6, especially when there is no earthquake in the film?

The crew of Richter Scale 7.6 at KIFF 2017

"The pain that the father and the son feel in their hearts is like having an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 in their hearts. This is why we named the film like that," said scriptwriter Rejikumar.

The film is intense in nature. Asked if the film is based on a true life incident, Rejikumar said, "No, it is not based on any incident. But then, this happens in many places. There is nothing specific [inspiration], but then I have read about several such incidents in the newspapers."

Sajith added, "Usually, when you talk about the environment, only inanimate objects are shown. In this film, it is shown from the point of view of people. The whole story has been told in a cause and effect manner."

The producer disclosed that except for a few people who knew each other before, the entire team of Richter 7.6 came together through social media.

"This film has been produced by First Nation Combines and Campus Oaks. The scriptwriter and I have known each other for quite a while. He had this script and wanted to make it into a film for a long time. So, when the opportunity cmae by, we decided to make this into a film. Director Jeeva realised that she was pregnant after we began working on the film, but still went ahead and finished the project."

The producer and his team are confident about the film's success. "We are planning to take this film to all the festivals and intend to release it in January," he signed off.

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