Dev (2019 film)
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|Directed by||Rajath Ravishankar|
|Produced by||S. Lakshman Kumar|
|Written by||Rajath Ravishankar|
Rakul Preet Singh
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
Murali Cine Arts (Tamil Nadu)
|139 minutes (2 hours and 19 minutes)|
The film stars Karthi and Rakul Preet Singh in the main lead prominent roles, while Prakash Raj, Ramya Krishnan, and RJ Vigneshkanth play supportive and pivotal roles in the film. Harris Jayaraj has been roped into score music for the film while cinematography is handled by R. Velraj and editing is done by Anthony L. Ruben. The film marks the first collaboration between Karthi and music director Harris Jayaraj. The film was earlier scheduled to have its theatrical release on 21 December 2018 on the eve of Christmas, and later scheduled to 10 January 2019 post Thai Pongal but was postponed to have its theatrical release on 14 February 2019 on the eve of Valentine's Day to tight race at the box office.
The first half of the film is shown via narration by Dev's friend Vicky, who is a stand-up comedian. Dev is an adventure-loving young man who is always in pursuit of new adventures. However, Vicky feels that Dev does not have an aim in his life. Dev always takes his friends with his adventures. Vicky wants to have a different life than Dev's. He wants a normal office job than following his passion. Vicky wants Dev to be distracted so that Dev will not go for any more adventures and drag Vicky with him. Dev is encouraged to love a girl. Dev stopped Vicky from attending an interview for an office job. Dev made Vicky realize his talent in stand-up comedy and pursue it. Dev sees Meghna, a CEO from a startup in San Francisco on Facebook and sends her a request. He gets disappointed when she does not respond. Later, he understands that she is a big businesswoman who made it big on her own. Dev is reluctant to stalk a girl in this day and age. His clueless friends encourage him to stalk her anyways as it is a manly thing to do. As fate has it, he eventually sees her in India and throws away his ethics to try and win her heart. Meghna finds it difficult to trust men due to the childhood trauma she experienced when her father left her and her mother. Meghna lives in the USA. Dev's family and his family's business is in India. Will Dev win Meghna over? Will the relationship sustain or not?
- Karthi as Dev Ramalingam, an adventure-loving young man
- Rakul Preet Singh as Meghna Padmavati, an Indian entrepreneur based abroad in USA
- Prakash Raj as Ramalingam, Dev's father
- Ramya Krishnan as Padmavati, Meghana's mother
- RJ Vigneshkanth as Vicky "Samosa", the narrator and Dev's friend who is a stand-up comedian
- Amrutha Srinivasan as Nisha
- Santhosh Prathap as Harish
- Renuka as Geetha, Dev's aunt
- Mahanadi Shankar
- Rethika Srinivas
- T. M. Karthik as Stand-up comedian
- Karthik as Ashok (guest appearance)
- Nikki Galrani as Krithika (guest appearance)
The film titled Dev was announced by debutant Rajath Ravishankar who previously served as the assistant of Anurag Kashyap, as his maiden directorial project in March 2018 and it was revealed that Karthi and Rakul Preet Singh would play the main lead roles in the film for the second time in a film after Theeran Adhigaram Ondru. The film went on floors from 8 March 2018 with the shooting being commenced at Chennai. The first look poster of the film was unveiled by Karthi's brother Suriya on 25 October 2018. It was evident that Karthi playing the titular role with the lead actor returning to act in a road film after 9 years since Paiyaa in 2010 essaying a prominent role and lead actress Rakul Preet Singh as Meghna, an Indian woman entrepreneur.
The film director revealed that the film's plot is inspired from the life of former Indian cricket captain and star all-rounder Kapil Dev. Most of the portions of the film include bike stunt sequences with lead actor Karthi playing the role of a bike lover/enthusiast and they were shot in the roads across India and Nepal especially at the Mount Everest. The scenes of the film were extensively shot in areas such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kullu, Manali, Himalayas, Gulmarg, Ukraine and Carpathian Mountains. The shooting was wrapped in around early November 2018 in Ukraine. The climax portions of the film were revealed to have shot in a place called Sisu in the Himalayas mountain range.
The film had its theatrical release on 14 February 2019 and was panned by some critics with the film being rated as a tiresome love saga with a complete expensive misadventure. The movie was simultaneously dubbed in Telugu language.
The original version of the film had a run time of 159 minutes but later the film was trimmed by 15 minutes due to poor reviews.
The official teaser of the film was released on 5 November 2018, post Diwali and received positive reviews from the audience. The official trailer for the film was unveiled by actor Suriya on 31 January 2019. The Tamil Nadu theatrical rights for the film were sold to Murali Cine Arts.
The first single of the official soundtrack titled Anange was released on 14 December 2018 by the filmmakers and was confirmed by the music director Harris Jayaraj in his Twitter account, marking his first association with Karthi. The first single of the film received highly positive reviews from critics and was trending during its release. The reports revealed that six playback singers were roped into croon the song. The remaining songs of the album were launched on 12 January 2019.
Behindwoods rated the album three stars out of five.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||12 January 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
|Singles from Dev|
|1.||"Anange"||Thamarai||Haricharan, Tippu, Krish, Arjun Chandy, Bharath Sundar, Sharanya Gopinath||5:59|
|2.||"Oru Nooru Murai"||Thamarai||Sathyaprakash, Sakthisree Gopalan||5:43|
|3.||"She Is My Girl"||Rajath Ravishankar||Haricharan, Mahathi, Blaaze||3:54|
|4.||"Dai Machan Dev"||Vivek||Naresh Iyer, Velmurugan, Malavika Manoj, Deepika||5:00|
|5.||"Engade Nee Pone"||Kabilan||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:45|
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