Richard Rishi

Richard Rishi is an Indian actor who predominantly appears in Tamil and Telugu films and few Malayalam and Kannada films. He is known for Koottu, A Film by Aravind and his controversial caste movies with director Mohan G, namely Draupathi and Rudra Thandavam.

Richard Rishi
Born (1977-10-20) 20 October 1977 (age 44)[1]
Years active1990 (child artist)
Parent(s)Babu (father)
Alice (mother)
RelativesShalini (sister)
Shamili (sister)
Ajith Kumar (brother-in-law)


Despite a relatively high-profile launch through Kadhal Virus, Rishi found it difficult to experience further success in the following years. After that he acted in the Malayalam film called Koottu released in 2004 which gave him a great success and improved his career. Koottu was a great nostalgic film. Films such as Thiru 420 by director duo Sekar Kumar and Sengattuvan, where he starred opposite former Miss India contestant Swetha Vijay, were stalled after production began.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Richard studied in Loyola Matriculation. He has two younger sisters, former film actresses Shalini and Shamili. Their father is from Kollam and mother hails from a Malayali family living in Chennai. The sole reason behind his father's shifting to Madras was to become an actor.

Actor Ajith Kumar is his brother-in-law.[3]


Rishi made his acting debut with Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari which is released in 1990.[4] He was cast as a child artiste in the Tamil film Anjali in the same year 1990. He first appeared as an adult actor in Kadhal Virus in 2002, playing the lead opposite Sridevi Vijaykumar. The film was released after some delay and fared poorly at the box office.[5]

His next movie was Koottu (2004), which tells the story of two college buddies. Koottu was a great success and the songs were hit, this film was great in Kerala which gave Rishi a good name to the malayalees and also this film is a nostalgia in everyone’s mind.[6] In 2005, Girivalam a remake of the Bollywood film Humraaz was released.[7] The movie A Film by Aravind (2005) made him famous.[8] In 2006, the Tamil movie Naalai was released.[9] The same year came another film, Yuga (2006). Richard had a lesser role to play, and the film received mixed reviews.[10] Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw, a Telugu film was released in 2007. It was the remake of Bollywood film Malamaal Weekly. It also had Rishi playing a side role.[11] Then came the movie Bangaru Konda (2007) with actress Navaneet Kaur.[12] Maharajasri, is another movie for 2007 came and lost at the box office.[citation needed] In 2008, came Veedu Mamoolodu Kadu with Rishi portraying as negative role,[13] then Geetha, a remake of the Hollywood film Phone Booth and Three in which Rishi was reunited with the director Sekhar Suri from A Film by Aravind.[citation needed] In 2009, he acted in Tamil movie Thamizhagam.[14] In 2010, he appeared in Telugu movie Dammunnodu.[15] His next movie Pen Singam (2010) failed at the content of story.[16] In 2011, Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action (2011) was received negative reviews.[17] Then came the movie Endukante... Premanta! (2012) where Rishi was in again in a small side role but the film was a commercial hit.[18] The film Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? (2012) was a Telugu socio-fantasy with Rishi in a small role.[19] In 2013, the only film that came was Kannada action-comedy film Benki Birugali, where Rishi was in the lead.[20]

His film Ner Ethir (2014), which was a remake of Across the Hall followed by Ninaithathu Yaaro (2014). Then came Avatharam (2014), with a devotional story.[21] The film Netru Indru (2014) and Sutrula (2014) and was not received well.[22][23] The Telugu film Adavi Kaachina Vennela (2014) was released to positive reviews.[24] In 2015, came the comedy-horror, Maharani Kottai and action film, Adhibar.[25][26] In 2016, he appeared in Telugu, Srimathi Bangaram followed by three Tamil films Kallattam, Pazhaya Vannarapettai and Andaman. His following films are Dr Chakravarty (2017) and Oollo Pelliki Kukkala Hadavidi (2018). Richard Rishi has joined hands with his 2016's political thriller Pazhaya Vannarapettai director Mohan G, to deliver a revenge drama stained with casteism in Draupadi (2020).[27] The film turns into a drama where message gains preference over storytelling.[28] He appeared alongside Trisha and Nandha in the political thriller film, Paramapadham Vilayattu (2021), portraying David, a goon who tries to strike fear with psychopathic tendencies.[29]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1990 Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Orphan Telugu Child artiste
1990 Anjali Tamil Child artiste
1999 Swapnalokam Telugu
1999 Bobbili Vamsham Telugu
2002 Kadhal Virus Deepak Tamil
2004 Koottu Harikrishnan Malayalam Hit Film In His Career
2005 Girivalam Giriprasad Tamil
2005 A Film by Aravind Rishi Telugu
2006 Naalai Justin Tamil
2006 Yuga Sri Tamil
2006 Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw Kittu Telugu
2007 Bangaru Konda Chandu Telugu
2007 Maharajasri Rajani Telugu
2008 Veedu Mamoolodu Kadu Rishi Telugu
2008 Geetha Rahul Telugu
2008 Three Sriram Telugu
2009 Thamizhagam Tamil
2010 Dammunnodu Bose Telugu
2010 Pen Singam Nagendran Tamil
2011 Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action Ettuveetil Ganeshan Malayalam
2012 Endukante... Premanta! DK Telugu
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Rishi Kumar Telugu
2013 Benki Birugali Chandu Kannada
2014 Ner Ethir Karthik Tamil
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Arun Tamil
2014 Avatharam Prasad Telugu
2014 Netru Indru Sathya Tamil
2014 Sutrula Johnny Tamil
2014 Adavi Kaachina Vennela Sekhar Telugu
2015 Maharani Kottai Sanjay Tamil
2015 Adhibar Karna Tamil
2016 Srimathi Bangaram Sriram Telugu
2016 Kallattam Mahendran Tamil
2016 Pazhaya Vannarapettai ACP Moorthy Tamil
2016 Andaman Thamizh Tamil
2017 Dr Chakravarty Arun Telugu
2018 Oollo Pelliki Kukkala Hadavidi Telugu
2020 Draupadi Prabhakaran Tamil
2021 Paramapadham Vilayattu David Tamil
2021 Rudra Thandavam Inspector Rudra Prabhakaran Tamil


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  28. ^ "Draupathi Movie Review: The film turns into a drama where message gains preference over storytelling". The Times of India.
  29. ^ "'Paramapadham Vilayattu' review: Trisha tries to save a sinking thriller". The News Minute. 14 April 2021.

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