Devudu Chesina Manushulu

Devudu Chesina Manushulu

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Directed by : Puri Jagannadh

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Devudu Chesina Manushulu is an upcoming Telugu film written and directed by Puri Jagannadh, starring Ravi Teja and Ileana D Cruz in lead roles.


“Great performances by Ravi Teja, Ileana and Prakash Raj salvage the somewhat flat storyline. Although the music falls short of expectation, the comedy works enough to make it a one time watch.”

Devudu Chesina Manushulu Credit & Casting

Ravi Teja


Cast (in credits order)

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One ticket, Two movies!!

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Tokkalanti cinema... Kaadu Kaadu... Tokka nadipina cinema


A film without story is akin to a body without soul. No one likes a dead body. Director Puri Jagannadh is also aware of this fact. He's created the much needed hype around the movie saying it as an experiment without a story, and he also walked the extra mile saying that successful movies can be made without a STORY. In Devudu Chesina Manushulu, he does the same. Albeit the movie starts on a story-telling note where Lord Vishnu narrates/shows a love story of two orphans to Lakshmi Devi, this movie lacks the STORY. In the end, everyone tries to give their version of climax and makes it hard to stomach.


The screenplay is different but not new to Telugu/Southern cinema. There's a 90s movie, Adrustham, starring Naresh, with the same screenplay. In Tamil there are some movies with such a screenplay. Pawan Kalyan starrer Kushi directed by S J Surya, and Prabhas starrer Darling directed by A Karunakaran, more or less fits in the shoes of this type of screenplay. In Hollywood we've got many distant cousins who use such a snowball effect that leads to some unrelated events falling under the ambit of the movie's screenplay and drive the plot further. I hope John Woo's Paycheck (*ing Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman) started ringing in your mind.


Puri Jaganaddh's secret of success is SPEED. May be right from his school days, he's thrown the quote “Slow and steady wins the race” in a trash bin. He shows lightning speed in everything: scriptwriting, casting, execution, wrapping up shooting schedules etc. But he should realize that story development and screenwriting takes time or else what come out of his stable are half-baked bricks such as DCM.


The movie starts with a note from the director - “Devudunnadani poorthiga nammi ee cinema choodandi...” Avunu sir meeru kuda Devudunnadani, Ilaanti cinemani HIT chesthaadani poorthiga nammi ee cinema teesinatlunnaru..!! DCM moves at a rapid pace but leads to loads of confusion. The movie's title has the word “Manushulu,” but none of the character behaves like a “Manishi.” The protagonist of the movie is the BANANA PEEL and is instrumental is showing the audience two movies for the price of one. The movie is haphazardly set around the series of events that follow - “What happens if you step on a banana peel and what happens if you don't?”


Ravi Teja's does the age old act of buffoonery for which he is known for, and Puri has reached saturation in carving a niche to his characters. One can see traces of Prabhas's character from Ek Niranjan and other past heroes of Puri's films in Ravi Teja's character in DCM. Ileana donned a new look but the beauty of Puri's Ileana can't be seen here. Again, her character is photocopy of her role in Nenu Naa Rakshasi. Surprisingly, Prakash raj was forced to emote and do a lot of over-acting esp. in the sister sentiment scene which was dragged to death perturbing the audience.


Bottom-line: In DCM, both the stories (tokka meeda kaalu vesthe, tokka meeda kaalu veyyakapothe) compete with each other on distastefulness. And the post interval pathetic “Story 2” wins effortlessly. Puri shines at places as a dialogue writer, but fails miserably as a director. Apart from the screenplay, that's partly engaging, and the comedy scenes between Ali and Lord Vishnu & Lakshmi Devi (Again Puri might land into trouble for touching the sensitive issue) there's nothing worth watching and everything is run-on-the-mill stuff. Watch it if you have nothing else to watch or take my advice and watch Julayi again!!