It was 23 years back, the very same day, that Malayalam cinema witnessed the arrival of one of the most powerful male characters ever seen. Yes, we are talking about Mangalassery Neelakandan of Devasuram.
Even now, the film Devasuram has a cult fan following
which probably no other film enjoys. Here are some of the reasons
for why we still love Devasuram.
Mangalassery Neelakandan is an iconic character. Not before and
not after that, we have seen such a character which is an
embodiment of absolute manliness. The character has been inspired
from a real life person named Mullassery Rajagopal.
Bhanumathi – The Iron Lady
Bhanumathi played by Revathi is one of the strongest female
characters in Malayalam cinema. She is the girl who stood by her
decision and at the same time remained the biggest strength and
support for Neelakandan during his tough times.
A Powerful Villain
Less often we get to see a villain character with an identity.
Mundakkal Sekharan was one such character. An able foe to the manly
Devasuram had some brilliant characters. Be it Warrier played by
Innocent or the gang of friends of Neelakandan. Each character had
an identity of its own.
Craftsmanship Of The Master
The film really required someone of the caliber of I V Sasi to
helm the project. He, being a master craftsman, did the best for
the script by Ranjith.
Devasuram brought Ranjith to limelight as one of the
most valuable scriptwriters of the industry. The film had a tight
script which had the soul of the story. The dialogues of the film
had that element of mass and class mixed in right
Devasuram is one of the most aired films in the
Television channels. This alone shows the popularity the film has
among the masses.
The film which released in the year 1993 was one of the biggest
hits of that year with the film completing 100 days of run in many
Scripted by Ranjith, the film has some well-written moments and
power-packed poetic dialogues, something which was fresh to
Malayalam cinema those days.
It was through Devasuram that Ranjith and IV Sasi
joined hands again, after their first project Neelagiri which had
Mammootty in the lead role.
Years later, Ranjith wrote a sequel to this film and titled it
Raavanaprabhu. Ranjith made his debut as a director
through this film.
Much like its prequel, Raavanaprabhu too, became a huge hit. The film went on to appeal the masses.