Bollywood is inundated with the stereotype of a rich, handsome, happy-go-lucky mid 20s man exploring the world and falling in love and then having ups and downs in love life prior to a happily ever after ending.
The guy also has a ‘hatke’ job – photographer some times. In most cases, the man’s machismo is shown in his ability to make the girl fall in love but when it comes to South Indian films, it is also imperative to have a healthy dose of his expertise in bashing up baddies too. This, sums up the film ‘Dev’.
Dev (Karthi) is that stereotypical man with a collection of classy vehicles that can make anyone jealous and while on a trip in search of adventure, his friends suggest him to try the biggest adventure of life – love. The person of his choice is Meghana (Rakul), a successful sophisticated businesswoman who rejects his advances (cringy ones at that) in a highly predictable manner.
What follows is a saga of cliched dialogues and cliched wooing scenes. The entire first half is filled with character establishment with a few predictable fights and songs thrown in for reasons best known to the film-maker.
One of the sad parts of this film is how it reduces veteran actors such as Prakash Raj and Ramya Krishnan to little more than props as they just smile and hug their respective kids for the most part. If the film had utilised these two actors to their maximum, it would have done a lot of good for the film.
About the performances, Karthi does a decent job portraying the 28-year-old adventure seeker. He suits his part well and also looks dashing. In fact, his acting in this film seems much better than his other films. Rakul also fits her role well as a successful CEO.
Camerawork is worth a mention, exotic locations have been well framed. With camerawork like that and with that cast, this is a film which had great potential but didn’t live up to it.