Devi(L) movie review: Good performances make it an entertaining fare

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Oct 8, 2016, 8:11 pm IST
Updated Oct 8, 2016, 8:15 pm IST
Despite the film's heavy Hindi dubbed feel, good performances and neat presentation make it watchable.
Tamannaah and Prabhu Deva in a still from 'Devi(l)'.
 Tamannaah and Prabhu Deva in a still from 'Devi(l)'.
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Mumbai: Prabhu Deva returns to Tamil cinema as an actor after a gap of 11 years with the Devi (l), joining hands with director Vijay known for his emotional scripts which portrays human values for this horror-comedy.

Krishna’s (Prabu Deva) who hails from a village but works in Mumbai always dreams of getting married to a modern girl. Unfortunately, his family circumstances force him to tie knot with a rural belle Devi (Tamannah). He brings her to Mumbai and when they start moving to a new apartment, he notices strange things with his wife’s behavior. It is when we are told that the spirit of a dead model Ruby (Tamannah) who yearns to become a superstar possesses Devi’s body to fulfill her dreams of attaining star status. Now, the onus falls on Krishna to save his naïve wife.

 

Though Prabhu is back after a gap, his natural flair for comedy is intact and he shines and enthralls us when he wears the dancing shoes. Tamannah in a dual dimensional role (barring the initial clichéd village girl act) delivers brilliantly. Sonu Sood is apt as a popular actor Raj Kanna smitten by Devi. R J Balaji uses his limited screen time effectively. For a ghost movie, the scary moments are less. But Vijay was very clear and promoted it, as a film, which is not the run- of- -the- mill ghost movie. The creepiness is felt through Deva’s character when he realizes that a ghost possesses his wife.

Sajid-Wajid and Vishal Mishra’s songs are good but its high Hindi flavor puts us off. Manush Nandhan’s camera goes well with the mood of the film. On the downside, the film has a heavy Hindi dubbed feel. Nevertheless, good performances combined with neat presentation makes Devi an entertaining fare.

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