Karthi and Rakul Preet shine in a predictable movie
Dev (Karthi), who hails from a wealthy family, wants to be adventurous and live life on his own terms. But, his friend sets up with Meghna (Rakul Preet Singh), who is a career-driven woman. To be specific, she is a CEO who doesn't have time for love in her life. Dev and Meghna go on trips to work out their relationships.
The film starts off with Vigneshkanth narrating his friend Dev's story in a stand-up comedy show. What happens in the life of Dev and Meghna? Will they be able to work out their differences? Will Meghna leave her career? These questions are answered in an entertaining way in the film.
Karthi plays an adventure junkie in Dev and he is quite convincing as a bike racer and a mountain climber. But, it would have been more memorable if they delve deep into what's going on Karthi's mind when he chooses different adventure stuff.
Rakul Preet Singh is shown as a workaholic and for most parts, she manages to put out a good performance. But, sometimes, she lacks the conviction that a CEO has.
Though Prakash Raj and Ramya Krishnan play pivotal roles, their screen-time in so minimal that they do not impact the story penned by debutant director Rajath Ravishankar.
RJ Vignesh (aka Vigneshkanth) and Amrutha Srinivasan of Kallachirippu fame have given neat performances as Dev's friends and they might land up in more films after this flick.
Dev is just another love story by director Rajath Ravishankar, but with an updated sense of relationships. It is modern and talks about one's point of interest in life. But, Dev also has its flaws.
The film gives more screen space to Dev's friends Amrutha and RJ Vignesh and it is commendable of Karthi to share his screen space with young actors like them.
Velraj's cinematography is on point and the use of colours in every frame is just fulfilling to watch on screen. Since the film naturally travels to many picturesque locations, it has helped Velraj to showcase the beauty of nature.
Since Rajath has gone for a predictable story, it needs some twists and turns to make the audience engrossed in the story. But, it doesn't have anything that excites you and travels in a straight line.
Harris Jayaraj's music and the album doesn't make an impact and is almost forgettable. He really needs to up his game to survive in the industry.
Dev doesn't categorise itself into a single genre and glosses itself as an adventure film, love story, action- flick and a relationship-drama as well. If the director had managed to concentrate on a particular genre, the film would have turned out to be more nuanced.
Dev has a predictable story, but it also has certain fun moments that will keep you hooked. Overall, it is a film that can be watched once says our review on Dev.