“Devarattam”… This Muthiah-Gautham Karthik collaboration is a total underwhelmer

Posted on May 1, 2019


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/devarattam-movie-review-muthiah-gautham-karthik-manjima-mohan/

Inside the Devarattam that we currently have, there’s the Devarattam that could have been. Vetri (Gautham Karthik) is a lawyer, whose family wants to shield from violence. (In this hypothetical line of thought, let’s ignore the fact that the hero-introduction scene is itself a stretch of violent action.) But when Vetri, in a fit of rage, ends up murdering the son of the villain (Ganesan, played by FEFSI Vijayan), the latter swears revenge. And he means it. He butchers members of Vetri’s family, which is a little unusual for a Madurai-based masala movie. These films are all about the hero’s valour. But what if the hero’s methods of vigilante justice cost him his family? What if a lawyer had to resort to extrajudicial means? It’s a solid knot.

But almost every aspect of filmmaking is an abject failure. Gautham Karthik is convincing neither as a lawyer, nor as a “mass” hero. He has a tousled-hair look that says “I just got out of bed and I need to be on the sets of my next sex comedy”. The heroine who has nothing to do is played by Manjima Mohan. Her look says “Crap! I thought my career would be in a different place after a Gautham Menon movie”. The comedy duties go to Soori, whose look says “How much longer can I get away doing the same thing before the audience wises up”! The writer-director is M Muthaiah, who’s been insisting that this film does not glorify any caste. I suppose the fact that Vetri is found standing in front of a poster of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar is entirely coincidental. Had we been able to see Muthiah’s look, it might have said, “I know my audience, you English-review-writing urban idiot! After Kutti Puli, Komban, Marudu and Kodiveeran, don’t tell me how to do my job.”

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