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Monday, July 18, 2011

Deiva Thirumagal - Tamil film reviews

Directed by AL Vijay of 'Kireedam' and 'Madraspattinam' fame, 'Deiva Thirumagal' has Vikram, Anushka, Amala Paul and Santhanam essaying lead roles. Sarah plays Vikram's daughter in the movie.

Rediff review

Deiva Thirumagal has its plus points, chief among them the work of Dr Chiyaan Vikram (the film opens, in fact, with his name and face displayed prominently). And in many ways, this is completely his movie. As the mentally under-developed Krishna who works in a chocolate factory in Avalanchi, Ooty, he establishes right in the beginning the helplessness, goodness of heart and deficiencies of someone whose mental age is only five.
As for the actors, Vikram obviously scores. Yet, you feel that after Sean Penn, Vikram has been given an acting template of sorts. Yes, he has done very well – but it's not really original. Anushka delivers what her role requires her to do, but the screenplay lets her down. The same can be said of Amala Paul, Sachin Khedekar, M S Bhaskar et al.

If you're a fan of sentimental tear-jerkers, and have not seen I am Sam, Deiva Thirumagal might impress. For the rest, it might provide a sense of déjà vu, and towards the end, the meandering, weak screenplay is largely dissatisfying.

Indian Express review

Actor Vikram has this penchant for playing quirky characters. Whether it was the mentally impaired ‘Sethu’, the psychologically challenged ‘Pithamagan’, the multiple personality-driven ‘Anniyan’, or the visually impaired ‘Kasi’, he can play any role easily.
Now he takes on yet another character of a mentally-handicapped man in ‘Deiva Thirumagal’. Vikram, as Krishna, is a man with the IQ of a five-year old. The relationship between Krishna and his six year-old daughter Nila, whose custody he fights for, forms the crux of the film.

Despite its glitches, ‘Deiva Thirumagal’ is a warm tale that touches an emotional chord at places, and is a different take for the audience

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