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|
|Edited by||Anthony L. Ruben|
|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 on the eve of Christmas but was postponed to have its theatrical release on 14 February 2019 on the eve of Valentine's Day post Thai Pongal due to tight race at the box office. The film was released on 14th February 2019.
The first half of the movie is shown via narration by Dev's friend Vicky (RJ Vigneshkanth). Vicky is an apparent comedian who was encouraged by Dev (Karthi). What a mistake it was. The life of Dev is shown eventually to us. He is encouraged to love a girl by using tactics of social media and stalking. This method exposes him to Meghna (Rakul Preet Singh), a big businesswoman who made it big on her own. Dev is a boy and gets attracted at first sight but 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.
- Karthi as Dev Ramalingam
- Rakul Preet Singh as Meghna Padmavati, an Indian entrepreneur based abroad
- Prakash Raj as Ramalingam, Dev's father
- Ramya Krishnan as Padmavati, Meghana's mother
- RJ Vigneshkanth as Vicky "Samosa", the narrator
- Santhosh Prathap as Harish
- Renuka as Dev's aunt
- Amrutha Srinivasan as Nisha
- Baby Dhaksha H. Arun as Meenakshi, a little girl seen with a Dora doll at the hospital
- Vamsi Krishna
- Karthik as Ashok (cameo appearance)
- Nikki Galrani as a media reporter (cameo 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 24 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, Himalayas, Ukraine. 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 movie 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 4 November 2018 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 29 December 2018. song "Dai Machan Dev" Becomes Most Popular Song Of The Year 2019.
Behindwoods rated the album three stars out of five.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||29 December 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
|Singles from Dev|
|1.||"Anange"||Thamarai||Hariharan, 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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