Release date : September 27, 2018
CB Rating : 3/5
Starring : Nagarjuna, Nani, Rashmika Mandanna, Aakanksha Singh
Director : Sriram Aditya
Producer : C. Ashwini Dutt
Music Director : Mani Sharma
Cinematographer : Shamdat Sainudeen
Editors : Prawin Pudi
Das (Nani) is an honest doctor whose only ambition is to save lives. One day, he accidentally saves Deva (Nagarjuna) in the process. It leads to the formation of a formidable bond between the two. However, an incident separates them. What is the conflict and how its resolved is what the movie is all about?
Nagarjuna and Nani are the two leads in the movie. The former plays a star, larger than life role whereas the latter is supporting emotional anchor.
Akkineni Nagarjuna is a treat to watch in the movie. He is stardom personified. He hasn’t done anything new here that we haven’t seen before, but what he does onscreen he makes sure there is an unmissable aura and attitude around it.
Nani plays his usual middle-class guy types, but as always, he is in his elements. The contrast is important here for the narrative and that’s where Nani shines. As said before, he is the emotional anchor and for the movie to work, his act is important. His does his part well.
Direction by Sriram Aditya?
DevaDas is Sriram Aditya’s third film after Bhale Manchi Roju and Shamantakamani. As far as the story is concerned, it continues the wafer-thin plots of the previous outings. However, unlike others, DevaDas is weakest concerning the screenplay.
The movie starts interestingly, but one feels it is losing track as soon as the Deva track begins. It looks abrupt to the proceedings going on at that point. Still, one is ready to give it a pass as the narrative feels in sync when Deva and Das meet. As long as they are together, everything looks alright.
The issues start to creep with the various subplots that are part of the narrative. They feel like an add-on and increasing length. The Das and Pooja love story, for example, is so jarring. It is the same case with Deva and Janhvi love story.
The entertainment, however, is still alive and it helps things to move along and not make the whole narrative tiresome. And that’s how three-fourths of the movie takes place relying on comedy and one-liners. And suddenly, the need to conclude the whole thing raises and the cancer plot is introduced. It feels so contrived and fake. We know why its there and the purpose and the predictability makes the rest of the film boring and tiring watch.
So, there you have it, the bromance and comedy keep things afloat until a point the director realises it has to end. It leaves us with an unsatisfactory feeling when coming out. DevaDas is not a bad movie, but it could have been much better with solid writing and plotting. The subplots involving the syndicate, the love stories, they are all trash and leaves the narrative disjointed. If watching Nagarjuna and Nani on screen with little entertainment thrown around is all that you need then DevaDas has that in plenty. For others, it is an average fare at best.
Rashmika and Others?
There are two heroines in the movie, Aakansha and Rashmika, and both are wasted. They have nothing sort of roles and less screentime. The songs are a bit of relief but that’s it. Kunal Kapoor is terribly wasted which is the same case with Vennela Kishore. The rest of the cast is filled with usual faces, Sathya, Naresh, Venu, Murali Sharma, Prudhvi, and Rao Ramesh, who all do their jobs adequately in the given small parts. In the recent, DevaDas must be the only biggie where there is a presence of so many known faces and yet none make a lasting impression.
Music and Other Departments?
Music by Mani Sharma is alright with a couple of songs being really good. It is the background score where he stands out as is expected of him. The cinematography is neat. The editing is bad at times, otherwise, it is decent. The writing is alright.
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