Devaraagam is a 1996 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by Bharathan and starring Arvind Swamy and Sridevi. It also had KPAC Lalitha, Kozhikode Narayanan Nair, Zeenath, and Nedumudi Venu in supporting roles. The film was famous for its music which was composed by M. M. Keeravani. All the songs topped the hit charts. This was the movie in which actress Sridevi came back to Malayalam Industry after a long gap, as she was concentrated on her Bollywood Carrier. A Tamil and Telugu dubbed version of the film was also released.
|Story by||S. S. Mani|
Nedumudi Venu Narendra Prasad
|Music by||M. M. Keeravani|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
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The film opens with a young child climbing into a bullock cart and insisting that he also go with the cart to pick up the 'Shavundi' - a person who performs funeral rites and lives amongst the cremation grounds. Though essential to the funeral ceremonies, he is often considered frightening or unlucky. He certainly looks that way too - covered in ash and grime, sleeping in a bat-infested grove, and given ominous background music. The 'Shavundi' and child begin talking in the cart ride to the funeral, and then a flashback takes us to meet Lakshmi.
Life for Lakshmi (Sridevi) turns head over heels when Vishnu (Aravind Swamy) the new priest's son and priest-in-training, shows up in her village. Lakshmi is instantly intrigued by the new young man in town, and strives to start a relationship with him. Certain antics and innocent clashes follow and both of them fall in love. Later, problems arose due to Vishnu's status in society; i. e. he is a bramhachari and cannot marry,later lakshmi visits a jolsian who says that both lakshmi and vishnus life together in full of defficulties and he also suggests a solution that if lakshmi and vishnu vishnu a specialtemple all their sins in this life ends and it is belived that a new life begins so as he suggested the both go ahead while vishnu and lakshmi secreatly get married witnessing fire and they also get intimate with each other as they are married secreatly now and they return back to the village. Meanwhile lakshmi aunt visits her and she decides to fix her marriage with her son and Lakshmi's marriage is fixed with her cousin, Parthasarathi(Rajiv Krishna),.eventhough lakshmi opens up about her love to vishnu to her father the blackmailes her killing himself and also ask vishnu to helo him get lakshmi married as he decided and it was supposed vishnus father perform the ritules as he is ill he forces vishnu to perform the marriage rituals eventhough vishnu hesitates his father unknowingly forces him and hence vishnu is forced to perform marriage rituals of ths wife whom he secreatly married seeing this lakshmi is heartbroken and helplass and she has to go through the ordeal. After marriage, Lakshmi's husband is informed by her that she loved Vishnu and he says its not a problem for him. Later Lakshmi becomes pregnant.lakshmi ask her husband to forgive her and she will inform the others later Lakhsmi's husband says to her that he is impotent and so he doesnt want anyone else to know the truth that lakshmi is preagnent with another persons child Later vishnu with a disturbed mind leves his home and travells to many temples and now visits his fathers old student and stays in his house, he is intrested in marrying this daughter kokila to vishnu, kokila an advertisment actress also likes vishnu but viahnu is unable to forget lakshmi and does not want to marry anyone else, due to illness kokilas father ask vishnu to perform a puja which he was to perform eventhough hesitated vishnu agrees to go.the sudden view of kolam in front of the house reminds vishnu of his lakshmi and when the door opens he sees non other than lakshmi itself he performs the puja for the child without knowing that it is hos son, later due to grief and pain he returns to his father he yells him about his journey and allabout lakshmi learning that vishnu had perform the mangalyapuha for his own wife his father a true brahmin curses that let vishnu be unfit to perform any pujas and let him become a shaundi whih ia consider an sinfull duty and due to his guilty feelings vishnu leaves and becomes a shaundi.
At present due to some circumstances, it is shown that Lakshmi's husband is dead and Vishnu is the one who is performing funeral as Shavundi. Seeing this, Lakshmi becomes furious and reveals the secret that her only son cannot perform the last rites as his father is alive and he is none other than Vishnu the one who blessed her son once as a pugari for long life. Hearing this everyone is shocked. Knowing the truth, Vishnu refused to become the shaundi and take Lakshmi and his son away from society to lead a happy life.
- Aravind Swamy as Vishnu
- Sridevi as BhagyaLakshmi (Voice-over by Revathi)
- KPAC Lalitha as Alamelu
- Nedumudi Venu as Shankaran
- Chippy as Indhu
- Janardanan as Harihara Subramanya Iyyer
- M. S. Thripunithura
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair
- Narendra Prasad as Ramadhanapadikal
- Priyanka Anoop
- Ravi Menon
- Zeenath as Malathy
- Ravali as Kokila
- Rajiv Krishna as Parthasarathy
Kasthuri was initially considered for the lead role, before the makers chose Sridevi. The reason that Sridevi accepted the role was because Sridevi's mother, Rajeshwari Ayyappan, had told Bharathan that Sridevi would act in one of his films.
The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani and the lyrics were penned by M. D. Rajendran.
- Malayalam version
|1||"Devapaadam"||K. S. Chithra||M. D. Rajendran|
|2||"Entharo Mahaanu Bhaavulu"||Arundhathi||Tyagaraja|
|3||"Karivari Vandukal"||P. Jayachandran||M. D. Rajendran|
|4||"Shashikala Chaarthiya"||K. S. Chithra, M. M. Keeravani, Master Don Vincent||M. D. Rajendran|
|5||"Shishirakaala Meghamidhuna"||P. Jayachandran, K. S. Chithra||M. D. Rajendran|
|6||"Thaazhampoo"||Sujatha , Sindhu||M. D. Rajendran|
|7||"Ya Ya Ya Yadava"||K. S. Chithra, P. Unnikrishnan||M. D. Rajendran|
- Tamil version (Dubbed)
|1||"Entharo Mahaanu Bhaavulu"||Arundhathi||Tyagaraja|
|2||"Chinna Chinna Megam"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha||Vairamuthu|
|3||"Azhagiya Karthigai"||K. S. Chithra|
|4||"Karuvanna Vandugal"||P. Jayachandran|
|5||"Ya Ya Yadava"||K. S. Chithra, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|7||"Kadhal Ganam"||K. S. Chithra|
- Telugu version (Dubbed)
|1||"Neela Varna"||M. M. Keeravani||02:28|
|2||"Prema Raagam"||K. S. Chithra, Chorus||04:19|
|3||"Sravanala Meghamaala"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, M. M. Srilekha||05:04|
|4||"Kannula Karthika"||K. S. Chithra, P. Jayachandran & Chorus||04:55|
|5||"Sirimalle Mogga Meeda"||K. S. Chithra & Chorus||04:29|
The film was not well received at the box office and was mostly panned by film critics. However, the film's music was universally praised and the lead cast received mostly favorable reviews. The last Malayalam film of late Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor as heroine, it was a return to form for Sridevi, who started her career as a child star in several Malayalam films. Sridevi's performance in the film, her look (especially her effortless, glamorous song and dance routines) was well appreciated by the audience. Sridevi dubbed for her character in the Tamil version, while Revathi dubbed for Sridevi in the Malayalam original.
- "Devaraagam". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
- Sanjith Sidhardhan (25 February 2018). "Sridevi worked in Devaragam to keep her ailing mother's promise: KPAC Lalitha". Times of India.
- "Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala" (PDF).