Jeeva KJ’s ‘Richter Scale 7.6’ is a superb debut that folds its man-vs-nature message into pure cinema

Posted on June 16, 2021


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The dramatic title, Richter Scale 7.6, reminds us of an earthquake. But the film is as peaceful and placid as the surface of a lake. It’s a two-character drama between a father (Ashok Kumar Peringode) and a son (Murugan Martin). The father is a folk theatre artist, a singer and a dancer whose themes are Gods, ancestors and nature. We hear many of his songs in the film and one of them goes: “Where are we headed? All I have is the sky above and the earth below to protect me”. The son is a daily wage worker in a nearby quarry. This means that he is, through his work, helping destroy the very same nature that his father sings about. 

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