Devasuram (transl. God-Demon) is a 1993 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by I. V. Sasi and written by Ranjith. It stars Mohanlal, Revathi, and Napoleon, with Innocent, V. K. Sreeraman, Maniyanpilla Raju, and Augustine in supporting roles. The songs featured in the film were composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan, while S. P. Venkatesh composed the background score.
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|Directed by||I. V. Sasi|
|Produced by||V. B. K. Menon|
M. G. Radhakrishnan
S. P. Venkatesh
|Edited by||K. Narayanan|
Anugraha Cine Arts
|Distributed by||Anugraha Release|
The film depicts the rivalry between two spoiled heirs of two feudal families—Mangalassery Neelakandan (Mohanlal) and Mundakkal Shekaran (Napoleon). The character Neelakandan was created by Ranjith based on a real-life person named Mullasserry Rajagopal (died 2002). The film was shot at Varikkassery Mana in Ottappalam.
Devasuram was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the 1990s. It is generally considered as one of the best films in Mohanlal's and I. V. Sasi's career. The film ran for more than 150 days in the cinemas. It was followed by a sequel, Ravanaprabhu (2001), which was writer Ranjith's directorial debut. The film was remade in Telugu the same year as Kunti Putrudu.
Neelakandan is the spoiled heir to the rich and well-known Mangalassery family. He squanders away his father's largess, wealth and good name who served as a judge, but is loved by the people who know him well, mainly Warrier, his elderly right-hand man . He has been the arch-rival of Shekaran Nambiar of the Mundakkal family since childhood. During a minor ruckus, one of Neelakandan's aides accidentally kills Shekaran's uncle. This incites Shekaran to plan to avenge the death of his uncle.
Meanwhile, Neelakandan offends Bhanumathi, a talented and educated Bharata Natyam dance graduate, by forcing her to dance in front of him in his house. In retaliation, Bhanumathi quits dancing and curses Neelakandan for desecrating the art so dear to her. Later, he feels regretful and helps her family in many ways and tries to persuade Bhanumathi to take up dancing again, but she doesn't budge.
Meanwhile, Neelakandan visits his widowed mother intending to bring her back home, but she passes away after revealing a terrible secret; that he was born of another man, out of wedlock, without revealing the name of his real father. This fact crushes him, and only Bhanumathi finds out this secret when he curses drunkenly (at the car of his deceased "father") that the ancestral heritage which he is proud of, is actually not his. She is surprised by the vulnerable side of Neelakandan.
He visits Bhanumathi at her home to persuade her to take up dancing again, only to be refused like before, telling him that she will resume dancing only after his death. That night while returning home from the visit, Shekaran and his aide's ambush (by hitting him with a car from behind) and injure him seriously after also inflicting several wounds with swords, knives, iron rods, and wooden sticks.
Neelakandan survives the attack, but his left hand and right leg are badly injured and as a cure he undergoes Ayurvedic treatment to rejuvenate his legs. It is during this time that Bhanumathi falls in love with him (she is also regretful for having cursed him, feeling a bit guilty that the attack was somehow related to her curse). Neelakandan convinces Bhanumathi to dance and he arranges for a dance event for her at Delhi. He too loves her ardently, but he refuses to marry Bhanumathi considering her future, but in the end, she and Warrier persuade him to do so.
Neelakandan tries to forget all the past events and his rivalry with Shekaran, but Shekaran is not satisfied and wants to defeat Neelakandan in front of the whole village. For this, he kidnaps Bhanumathi and forces Neelakandan to take blows in front of the public during the annual village temple festival organized by the Mundackal family. Meanwhile, Neelakandan's friends rescue Bhanumathi and after this, Neelakandan mauls Shekaran badly and cuts off Shekaran's right hand, claiming "Shekaran, I want to live peacefully..." so that he will not again come up with revenge later. However, while severing Shekharan's right-hand, Neelakandan uses the backside of the sword, which shows the agony and power he had.
- Mohanlal as Mangalassery Neelakandan (Neelan)
- Revathi as Bhanumathi
- Innocent as Warrier
- Napoleon as Mundakkal Shekaran
- Nedumudi Venu as Appukutty Nair / Appu master, Bhanumathi's father
- Maniyanpilla Raju as Bharathan
- V. K. Sreeraman as Kuruppu
- Ramu as Kunjananthan
- Augustine as Hydrose
- Cochin Haneefa as Achuthan, Appu master's nephew
- Janardhanan as Mundakkal Kunjikrishnan Nambiar, Shekharan's uncle
- Chithra as Subhadramma
- Seetha as Sharada, Bhanumathi's younger sister
- Bharathi Vishnuvardhan as Neelakandan's mother
- Delhi Ganesh as Panicker
- Sankaradi as Kuttikrishnan Nair, Nambiar's assistant
- Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Peringodu Sankara Marar
- Bheeman Raghu as 'Kallan' Chacko
- Sreenath as C. S.
- Jagannatha Varma as Adiyodi
- Jose Prakash as Ezhuthachan
- Kozhikode Narayanan Nair as Vaidyar
- Jagannathan as Poduval
- Subair as S.I. Madhu
- Sathaar as Vasu
- Kundara Johny as Goonda
- Kollam Ajith as Goonda
- Vijayan Peringode as Neelan's uncle
The protagonist Mangalaserry Neelakandan (Mohanlal) is a real-life character sketch of Mullasserry Rajagopal (died 2002). Supposedly, some notable scenes in Devasuram are real-life incidents. Varikassery Mana near Ottappalam was selected to portray the ancient Mangalaserry house. "It was only after Devasuram became a hit that producers and directors began to queue up for this location. Until then only one film was shot here," says Murali, one of the managers of the mana. The climax scene of the movie was shot entirely in Pariyanampatta Bhagavathi Temple.
Mullasserry Rajagopal is known as an ardent music lover. "Music was the sole passion in his life. He was a good friend of mine, but we never discussed literature; we talked mainly about music and films," said renowned author M. T. Vasudevan Nair. M. T. was impressed by the way Rajagopal reacted to the setbacks in his life. "I was even more impressed by the way how his wife, Lakshmi, devoted her life to him; he would not have survived but for her." "I met him for the first time at K. J. Yesudas' bungalow in Chennai, way back in 1985," recalls playback singer G. Venugopal. "He was sitting on a wheelchair. I was told that his name was Raju. K. J. Yesudas, his close friend, had brought him to Chennai for brain surgery." "I will never forget the evening director and script-writer Ranjith took me along to meet Raju," says director Jayaraj. "When I went there, a ghazal programme was going on; I could sense music everywhere in that house. I could also feel the extraordinary warmth of the man. I was surprised he could take life so lightly, despite being bed-ridden for about two decades. We became very good friends. Ranjith had told me that he was planning to make a film on Raju (Devasuram). I believe that is the best work by Ranjith till date. Raju used to joke that Ranjith had not managed to show even half of what he did in his life." 
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||14 April 1993|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||M. G. Radhakrishnan|
|M. G. Radhakrishnan chronology|
The film includes songs composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan, with lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery. The background score was composed by S. P. Venkatesh. The songs were chart-busters. Mohanlal has rendered his voice for some songs as its introduction.
The song "Vande Mukunda Hare" is picturised on Oduvil Unnikrishnan, in one of the most dramatic scenes in the film. Unnikrishnan plays the role of a wandering Edakka musician who frequently visits Neelakandan. The Edakka featured in the background of the song is played by Tripunithura Krishnadas.
|"Angopangan"||K. S. Chithra||Raga: Lalitha|
|"Ganga Tharanga" (Bit)||M. G. Sreekumar||Raga:Bowli|
|"Kizhakkannam"||M. G. Radhakrishnan|
|"Maappu Nalku"||M. G. Sreekumar||Raga: Mukhari|
|"Maarimazhakal"||M. G. Sreekumar, Jaya|
|"Medaponnaniyum"||M. G. Sreekumar, B. Arundhathi||Raga: Kadanakuthuhalam|
|"Namasthesthu" (Bit)||B. Arundhathi||(Raga: Anandabhairavi) Traditional slokam by Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam|
|"Sarasijanaabha"||K. Omanakutty||Traditional keerthanam by Muthuswami Dikshitar|
|"Sooryakireedam"||M. G. Sreekumar||Raga: Chenchurutti|
|"Sree Paadam"||M. G. Sreekumar||Raga: Aarabhi, Anandabhairavi|
|"Sree Paadam"||K. S. Chithra||Raga: Aarabhi, Anandabhairavi|
|"Vande Mukundahare"||M. G. Radhakrishnan||Raga: Anandabhairavi|
|"Yamuna Kinaare" (Bit)||M. G. Sreekumar|
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