Devi 2 movie review: Prabhu Deva, Tamannaah's horror comedy is a big yawn with obvious plotholes

While Prabhu Deva can still dance, Tamannaah's act in Devi 2 is mostly over the top.

Sreedhar Pillai June 01, 2019 12:46:25 IST

2/5

For the last few years, Kollywood has been bombarded by horror comedies, with some of them working big time like the Kanchana franchise. Devi 2, directed by Vijay, with Prabhu Deva and Tamannaah in the lead, is a sequel to the team’s earlier film, which was an average grosser. There have been a large number of films in the genre which failed to work. However, a lot of directors funded by first time producers are able to sell the idea of horror comedies to actors desperately seeking hits.

Devi 2 movie review Prabhu Deva Tamannaahs horror comedy is a big yawn with obvious plotholes

Prabhu Deva and Tamannah in a still from Devi 2. Image via Twitter/
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It is obvious from the lack of a story that Devi 2 must have been written on location in Mauritius, after the producer got their lead actors' dates. The sequel starts where Devi ended - Krishna (Prabhu Deva) and Devi (Tamannaah) are happily married couple living in Mumbai with their child. Krishna is still worried by the spirit of actress Ruby and fears whether she will get back into the body of his wife again. So he takes a voluntary transfer at work and goes to Mauritius, taking his wife along. But this time, it is Krishna who gets possessed by two spirits, Alex and Ranga Reddy, both ex-flames of Ruby. The rest of this yawn is about how Devi tackles the two spirits with the help of her lawyer friend Lalitha (Kovai Sarala).

Kovai Sarala, who was part of all the three Kanchana films, displays same body language and style of talking. In fact, she tells another character in the film – "Don’t ask logical questions, enjoy the magic." That’s exactly what director Vijay tries to do through this sequel. Devi 2 also makes references to other hit films and tries to ride on their popularity. There is a parallel track involving Nandita Swetha and Dimple Hayathi, which has no relevance with the main happenings. The two walk-in special appearances by top comedian RJ Balaji and Bollywood actor Sonu Sood hardly create an impact.

While Tamannaah's act is mostly over the top, Kovai Sarala is typecast as the lady who lives in an eternal fear of ghosts and talks gibberish. That said, Devi 1 was far better than the sequel, as with a run-time of 125 minutes, the film feels stretched. Vijay, at the end of the film, hints at a part 3. There you go again...

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