'Devasthanam' brings to life long forgotten old and traditional art form and makes the whole experience laudable.
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
The ensemble cast of K. Vishwanath, S.P Balasubramanyam and Aamani, led by director Janardhan Maharishi make 'Devasthanam', an ode to Telugu film industry. The simplicity of this film becomes the strongest reason behind this film's success. Here, when I say success, I'm only referring to its ability to make an impact in the audiences' mind but not its money spinning capability.
Vaguely based on Robert Duvall starrer 'Get Low', 'Devasthanam' is the story of lone Srimannarayna, who spends most of his time in temple, answering the questions of devotees. He realizes that he's getting older day by day and when finally his time comes, he may actually have nobody to perform his last rites. Sambamurthy comes in contact with Srimannarayana; the latter actually convinces the former to perform his last rites. Although Sambamurthy initially declines to participate in the last rite of the old man, eventually gives in. They both start spending more time together and in the process Murthy learns about new perspective of life. A reluctant poet, Murthy; hands over few poems to Srimannarayana, who likes and presents them in the form of 'harikatha'. The duo start making few additional bucks in this new found profession until tragedy strikes. What is the tragedy? That forms the rest of the story.
Boasting seasoned actors such as S.P.B and K. Vishwanath; one can't expect wholesome entertainment however some message through the film can be guaranteed. 'Devasthanam' subtly succeeds in highlighting one such gem of a message - doesn't matter when you will die, life in solitary is a pain and you need someone besides you always.
Cinematography is average and editing lacks the touch of a professional. Music by Swara Veenapani is passable. However, the director, who himself took the responsibility of penning the dialogues, screenplay, besides direction did complete justice to all the three departments.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
3 out of 5 (Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good