Telugu star Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's latest investigative thriller Devil made its OTT debut just two weeks after its initial theatrical release to coincide with the Sankranti festival.
If you're in the mood for an investigative drama set in a historical period, you are in for luck. Telugu star Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's latest movie Devil: The British Secret Agent made its streaming debut on Sunday. You can stream the film from the comfort of your house on Amazon Prime Video.
Typically, the new Telugu movies take about four weeks before they arrive on the streaming platforms. However, Devil made its OTT debut just two weeks after its initial theatrical release. The film first came out in theatres on December 29 last year and received mostly favourable reviews from critics. However, the film didn't make a dent at the box office.
The so-so box office performance of Devil could be one of the reasons behind its expedited release on OTT. Also, the filmmakers may have wanted this film available for streaming to Telugu audiences to coincide with the Sankranti festival. The harvest festival is celebrated with much gusto and fervour across the globe by the Telugu-speaking population. And the festival, which signifies the end of winter and the beginning of longer days, is marked traditionally by whipping up great feasts, flying kites and watching movies.
The cast, plot and controversies of Devil
Controversy erupted around the movie Devil when director Naveen Medaram was denied the directing credits. Expressing deep sentiment, Naveen penned a heartfelt note, asserting that he dedicated over 100 days to shooting the entire film. He raised objections to the producer's decision, accusing them of unjustly removing his directorial credits from the project.
"Although I am deeply disheartened by the absence of my directing credit in my own film, I retain the invaluable experience, skill and confidence. I have always remained focused, composed and persistent throughout my career and I am determined to come back even stronger," Naveen Medaram said in a statement ahead of the release of Devil.
Officially, producer Abhishek Nama has also been credited as the director of Devil.
Judging from the trailer, Devil seems to be set against the backdrop of the British Raj. Instead of showing the hero taking on the might of the imperial forces in the fight for India's freedom, the film seems to tell the story of an investigative officer, who thrived under the British Raj. The film also stars Samyuktha Menon, Malvika Nair and Elnaaz Norouzi among others.