Title :DevaDas CBFC Rating :U/A Run-Time :2 Hrs 44 Mins Release Date :27-09-2018 Banner :Vyjayanthi Productions Cast :Nagarjuna, Nani, Aakanksha Singh, Rashmika, Vennela Kishore, Sathya, Brahmanandam, Kunal Kapoor Naresh, Rao Ramesh, MurliSharma, Naveen Chandra and Others Music :Manisharma Producer :Aswinidutt DOP :Shamdat Direction:Sriram Adittya
Deva (Nagarjuna) is a dreadful don who is in exile. No one knows who he is and how he looks like, not even police. A situation arises that Deva needs to come out and solve a problem. Knowing this Police tries to nab Deva and he gets shot in a shootout. Dasu (Nani) is a good hearted doctor who is struggling with his clinic. Dasu treats Deva who is hurt without knowing anything about him. Slowly a warm friendship develops between the two. What happens when Dasu tries to change Deva forms the rest of the film.
King Akkineni Nagarjuna truly breezes through the screen like a King. He is fantastic on screen with an aura that is unmatched. All his scenes with Nani are a delight to watch. The subtle variations that he brings to the character are a treat. It wouldn't be an understatement to say that he never looked this positively radiant in a movie in the past few years.
Nani is a parallel lead in the movie and never does one get a feeling that he has been downplayed. He has all the key moment's performance wise and Nani does them with aplomb. His chemistry with Nagarjuna is wonderful. The bromance between them is the highlight of the movie.
Aakansha Singh and Rahmika Mandanna provide the glamorous relief in the proceedings. They look wonderful with some of the best costumes to wear and make up done.
Apart from them, DevaDas has a number of characters who play minor characters but leave an impact. Vennela Kishore and Sathya immediately come to our mind. Naresh and Rao Ramesh do their supporting bits well. Murali Sharma and Srinivas Avasarala are decent. Naveen Chandra has a small but significant role. Kunal Kapoor is amazing screen presence wise in the few brief moments he gets. Special mention must be made for legend SP Balasubramaniam who appears in a movie after a gap.
Negatives:Parts of the second half
It is a very difficult job for any director to maintain equal footing without disappointment for either when there is a two-hero project. Director Sriram Aditya does a wonderful job in walking the tightrope of handling two stars and come up with an entertaining outing.
DevaDas is an all-out entertainer. Right from the beginning to the end it is clear what it wants to achieve. The goal is achieved by the two heroes who keep us engaged from the word go. The first half of the movie is a wholesome package of comedy, action, romance, and heroism. But, one additional caveat of bromance dominates them all and there is no complaint at all.
The second half maintains the moments until it decides to go sentimental where it wobbles a little bit. Apart from that brief moment, there is nothing to quibble about. It is a minor issue because the narrative gets uneven at that point. On the whole, there is entertainment galore to keep one rolling with laughter up to the end. Go and watch it with family.
Mani Sharma, a veteran in the field, has done a fantastic job with music and the background score. The songs too have been beautifully picturized. The cinematography by Shamdatt is amazing. It gives the movie a grand look. The editing is sharp and precise. Production Values by Vyjayanthi Movies are grand. Film looks colorful and lavish. And last but not the least, the producer's effort must be remembered for getting a big scale project like DevaDas on time. Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt have wonderfully coordinated the whole project and put in a plan of action to get the required output and be a strong pillar of support to father Ashwini Dutt.
Bottom line: The King Show With The Natural Star