With even big names taking to it, horror-comedy seems to have gained a certain amount of respectability. It is another thing that a majority of such films did not deliver. Devi falls in that category.
A multilingual, (Tamil, Telugu, Hindi) Devi’s lazy screenplay and lacklustre treatment ensures the film has nothing much going for it, apart from generating curiosity around the lead pair.
After Baahubali, Tamannaah is at her alluring best here. Prabhu Deva returning to Tamil screen after more than a decade manages to infuse some humour with his inherent flair for comedy. Apart from this, genuine fun is lacking.
The plot revolves around a dilapidated apartment of a mansion rented by newly married Krishna and Devi. Events begin to unfold when Krishna finds his wife behaving strangely.
The apartment, he learns, is haunted by the ghost of Ruby, an aspiring actress who could not make it big. And her ghost finds a way to fulfil her dream. From here on, It’s a battle of wits between the husband and the ghost.
For those who have watched the American horror-comedy Maxie, Devi would lend a feel of Deja Vu. The original tweaked with its punch and fizz removed, it degenerates further. What is appreciable is that the usual flashback that would reveal the ghost’s past is given the go-by. We learn of Ruby from a brief narration to Krishna. Also, thankfully the film is without eerie sounds, noises and hovering apparitions.
Tamannaah’s ruby-act is commendable, and she sizzles with her sheer glamour. But the transformation of Devi from a traditional wife to a seductive woman, is never really brought out. Apart from the dressing and the uninhibited dances, one cannot find much difference between the two avatars.
Balaji pitches in as the hero’s friend. Sonu Sood has less to do as Raj, the top star who promotes the new heroine. Murali Sharma (who plays in all three versions) is aptly cast as Raj’s fawning manager.
When Prabhu Deva dances, as in the opening scene, it is sheer magic unsurpassed. One wished he had chosen a more worthy vehicle to make his come-back.