Deiva Thirumagal

For Vikram fans

Reviews 15-Jul-2011 5:28 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Inspirations have been the centre of all factors in films of Vijay. Right from his maiden debut, Vijay has been constantly keeping other regional, Hollywood and international movies as his source of inspiration and it has worked out well. This time, he has some Hollywood movies for reference that goes with ‘I am Sam’, ‘My Left Foot’, ‘and Rain Man’ and few Iranian movies like ‘Color of Paradise’ as well.

For the audiences who have already watched these films, they might feel a sense of Deja vu, but for the fans of Vikram, they have something special to relish here.

‘Deiva Thirumagal’ completely belongs to Vikram for his histrionic performance as a man with 5-year old mental stage. Perhaps, he is the one best option and no could have done justice to this role. On the button, the actor leaves a brilliant impression and is almost near his goal of gaining of National honors.

Krishna (Vikram), a man with 5-year old mental capacity has been raising his daughter Nila (Sara) from her day of birth following the demise of his wife Baanu. But sooner, the relatives of his deceased wife take the child in their custody. Unaware about what’s happening around, Krishna approaches Anuradha (Anushka), who isn’t famous for her successful venture. What inspires everyone around Krishna is his unconditional love, affection for his daughter and his unique qualities that makes him a step ahead of ordinary people.

Right from the beginning, it was illustrious that the film completely belongs to Vikram and of course, it’s his show. The actor’s scrutinizing effort of sticking to the role of a mentally challenged character stands out as the major highlight. It’s very hard for any actor to perform such a role… For the first time, we have Anushka getting a meaty role and it’s nice to see her in a deglamorized role. She’s gonna make it bigger and prove herself different from other actresses if she keeps turning up with such roles in mere future. Amala Paul isn’t required for this role for she has as meager role to play here. Santhanam is the biggest relief as his comedy tracks act as refreshing element in this emotional drama. Cute girl Sara steals the show with her naturalistic approach to her character. Nasser is outstanding. MS Bhaskar and Black Pandi spell their best with comedy sequences.

Much alike his previous movies, director Vijay goes for a lengthy duration that consists of unwanted sequences. The film would have done better even without them. Instead of going for 165minutes of show,Vijay could have delivered it neatly with just couple of hours. The impressive element comes through the last 30minutes of the film and the climax is very much convincing.

G.V. Prakash’s background score is one of the major highlights of the film and his songs are splendid.

Nirav Shah’s cinematography brings us the exotic locales of Ooty in a natural way and the transition through Anthony’s editing is appreciable.

The film has a slow-paced narration and may appeal only to the interests of miniscule audiences. Barring the direct lifts of certain scenes from other movies, the film is worth watching for the performance of Vikram and other actors.

But commercially, the judgments can be made only after a week, but actor Vikram can expect some big honors for his hard work.

What works: Vikram, perfect casting, Santhanam’s comedy, Songs, Cinematography

What doesn’t work: Copycats from Hollywood and foreign films, lengthy screenplay that leaves audiences restless…

Verdict: For Vikram fans

Banner: UTV Motion Pictures, Rajakaliamman Medias

Production: Ronnie Screwvala, Dhananjayan, Mohan Natarajan, M. Chinthamani

Direction: Vijay

Star-casts: Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul, Sara, Nasser, MS Bhaskar, Santhanam and others

Music: G.V. Prakash

Cinematography: Nirav Shah

Editing: Anthony

Review by Richard Mahesh

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