Verdict: Nag and Nani’s non-stop entertainer.

Telugu cinema has undergone metamorphosis in the past couple of years. There was a time when multi-starrer films were a rage, especially in 70’s and 80’s. Watching NTR, ANR, Krishna, Krishnam Raju and Sobhan Babu in multi-starrer movies was always a treat for the audience. As we know, history repeats itself, resulting in a slew of multi-starrers are gearing up for release in the coming days which includes the combination of Venky-Naga Chaithanya, Venky- Varun Tej, Ram Charan – NTR and now Nagarjuna – Nani. Helmed by Sriram Aditya, who earlier directed Bhale Manchi Roju and Shamanthakamani, Deva Daasu also has Rashmika Mandanna of the Geetha Govindham fame and Aakanksha Singh.

What’s Deva Daasu About:

The movie begins with Dada (Sarath Kumar) being chased by police. Young Deva (Nagarjuna) helps Dada escape the police. Impressed with Deva, an orphan, Dada takes the responsibility for his upbringing. Deva grows up to become a mighty don who is untraceable to the other criminals and police. No one knows where he is based. Deva reaches Hyderabad after Dada is killed by a syndicate formed by the rest of the criminal gangs to thwart Deva’s operations. Dr. Das (Nani) is a surgeon who runs a hospital in a mass colony after being booted by a corporate hospital for questioning his boss. Dr. Das rescues Deva after he gets shot by his enemies. Deva and Das become good friends. While Deva leaves no stone unturned to eliminate the criminal gang, Das is a man with a heart who tries to save any person who is on their death bed. How Das helps Deva transform is what the rest of the movie covers.

What Works:

Deva Daasu truly belongs to Nagarjuna and Nani. Their camaraderie is palpable and they hold the film together. The unusual gravitas and serenity that Nag and Nani bring to the table are too hard to miss. Nagarjuna parodies himself again, he mocks his mafia image and the result is hilarious and brilliant. Nani is also very funny as his shrink who is coerced into treating him. Rashmika and Aakanksha are adorable as the leading ladies while the rest of the cast do their best. Sriram Adittya adds dollops of humor to a seamlessly woven storyline. Shamdat Sainudeen’s camera work infuses an earthy feel that’s real and in tandem with the flow of the story. The magic of Mani Sharma’s music is apt and reflects the sounds of the heartlands where the movie is set. Though the pace is slow, the editing is sharp and neat. Produced by C. Ashwini Dutt under the Vyjayanthi Movies banner, the production values are at their best, as usual.

What Could Have Been Better:

Except for a few lags here and there, which are passable, Deva Daasu is a well-made entertainer.

Why You Should Watch:

Deva Daasu is a thumping multi-starrer with great performances by Nagarjuna and Nani. Laugh your hearts out and you can’t get better than this.