DEVARAYA Movie Review
Cast: Srikanth, Vidisha, Meenakshi Dixit and others
Directed by : Nani Krishna
Produced by : J. Kiran
Banner : Sunray International Cinema
Music : Chakri
Release Date : 2012-12-07
Srikanth has been struggling to find form from many days. All his recent movies were mere disasters at the box office. His new film Devaraya released today amidst zero expectations.
What is it about?
Rangababu (Srikanth) who has many bad habits fall in love with Swapna (Vidisha). He changes himself for her, but her grandfather disagrees for relation with him or his family. Rangababu realizes that he has connections with King Sri Krishna Devaraya. And then he will have a goal to achieve in his life.
Srikanth has given a neat performance as Sri Krishna Devaraya and Rangababu. He is believable in both the roles. Vidisha is okay and Minaxi is alright. Both the heroines have nothing much to do in this film. MS Narayana and others did their assigned job.
On the Technical Front:
Dialogues are okay. There are many bookish dialogues and the writer's choice of words is nice. Cinematography is alright for a low budget movie. Art and Editing departments did an average job.
Music by Chakri is horrendous. None of the songs are catchy or worth listening once. Bad compositions from Chakri. Director Nani Krishna knows how to handle a film, but didn't do sufficient work on the script. It is too early to write him off but needs to brush up his skills before attempting another one.
Devaraya is an attempt to create curiosity among people by publicizing that it is a film based on an unknown story of Sri Krishna Devaraya. Proper publicity is not done and the film opened to poor reception in most of the centers. Films like these need to pick up with word of mouth. Unfortunately Devaraya doesn't have any of those elements that makes it a must watch.
Comedy in the first half is mostly mediocre. There would be very few people that would smile for these jokes. Second half starts off on a promising note and the director failed to maintain the pace. Placement of songs is also bad. Only thing that is noteworthy about this film is the climax. This is not usual for a Telugu film.
Srikanth's bad luck continues as Devaraya too ends up as damp squib. Maybe it is time to take a decision to move forward in his career. People are not willing to see him as a solo hero anymore, or might be his choice of films that has been the reason for audience to ignore his movies.
Verdict: Devaraya - Waste of time and energy