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NGK, Devi 2 movie review and release: Highlights

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans said about Suriya starrer NGK and Tamannaah Bhatia starrer Devi 2.

By: Entertainment Desk | Chennai |
Updated: May 31, 2019 4:53:01 pm
NGK movie review It is NGK vs Devi 2 down south.

Prabhudheva and Tamannaah Bhatia starrer Devi 2 and Suriya-Sai Pallavi starrer NGK have finally hit screens. While horror comedy Devi 2 is being pitched as the dark horse of the race, all eyes are on NGK, which is all set to mint gold at the box office. However, there is one thing in common in both Devi 2 and NGK – the films feature some of the biggest names of the entertainment industry. While Devi 2 has Prabhudheva, Tamannaah Bhatia, RJ Balaji, Yogi Babu and Nandita Swetha playing pivotal roles in the Vijay directorial. Holding the other end of the fort at the ticket windows is Suriya, Sai Pallavi and Rakul Preet Singh among others in Selvaraghavan’s political drama NGK.

NGK, which stands for Nandha Gopalan Kumaran, has been produced by SR Prakashbabu and SR Prabhu. It has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Its screenplay has been written by Selvaraghavan himself.

NGK also has everyone’s attention since the film is director Selvaraghavan’s first in six years. So in a way, NGK marks the filmmaker’s comeback to cinemas.

Earlier, at the audio launch of NGK; Suriya had said that being a part of NGK has enriched him cinematically.

“Even before the release of Kadhal Kondaen, I remember telling Selva that we should work together. It has happened with NGK. The film is a dream come true thing that materialised after 17 years. After working with Selva, I realised I have fallen more in love with cinema,” Suriya had said at the audio launch.

However, it was not only Suriya who had good words to say about his director. Selva returned the favour by saying, “Suriya was keen to improvise all the time even though certain shots demanded more than 20 takes. That was the huge strength of NGK. Suriya is a director’s actor.”

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16:41 (IST)31 May 2019
Our verdict: Watch NGK for the rock solid performance by Suriya's S Subhakeerthana gave NGK a two-and-a-half-star review. She wrote, "The best moments in NGK are those where Kumaran doesn’t exactly play the ‘hero’ but a sidekick. It is in these instances the drama unfolds and that the film manages to touch the bar of a Selvaraghavan film. Suriya delivers a sincere performance, undoubtedly, though it takes some time to warm up to his character. Kumaran isn’t like Selvaraghavan’s typical heroes. He is less psychic and predictable. There is only so much an actor can do."

Also read: NGK movie review: Works to some extent, elevated by Suriya’s performance

16:27 (IST)31 May 2019
Krishna wished Devi 2 and NGK

Tamil actor Krishna wished the teams of Devi 2 and NGK over a tweet. He wrote, "Wishing both teams of #NGK @Suriya_offl na @selvaraghavan sir and #devi2 #alvijay sir @PDdancing na. All the very best #KillPiracy"

15:56 (IST)31 May 2019
Our verdict: Devi 2 ticks some right boxes when compared to the recent Kanchana 3's Manoj Kumar gave Devi 2 a two-star review. He wrote, "Devi 2 signals a drastic change in the filmmaking style of Vijay. In the film, comedy scenes are very loud, song lyrics are lurid, fight sequences are very dramatic and it has little signs of the director’s subtlety that we have seen in his earlier films. Simply put, Devi 2 feels like a film made by a sober-version of filmmaker Raghava Lawrence. However, unlike Kanchana series, we are not treated to large-scale blood and gore in this film. That’s a major relief."

Also read: Devi 2 movie review: A sober version of Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana

15:34 (IST)31 May 2019
'Vijay delivers another shallow, run-of-the-mill film'

"#Devi2 - Might appeal to the undemanding family audience & kids who enjoy horror comedy. PD has the main role as the man who's possessed by 2 ghosts (for the sake of love). In the 2nd half, many popular scenes are conveniently, randomly referenced, in an attempt to entertain us!" tweeted Kaushik LM.

He added, "#Devi2 -@tamannaahspeaks has a key role as the homely wife who earnestly tries to help her possessed husband. She looks grt! @Nanditasweta looks stylish in an urban makeover. KovaiSarala is up to her usual hyper antics! Dir ALVijay delivers another shallow, run-of-the-mill film!"

15:08 (IST)31 May 2019
'Devi 2 is another wishy-washy film'

"#Devi2 - Another wishy-washy film from director Vijay. Only @RJ_Balaji 's cameo provides laughter here and there while @tamannaahspeaks' provide the sentimental angle. Despite having two ghosts, the film fails to provide 50% entertainment of #Devi," film journalist Rajasekar tweeted.

14:45 (IST)31 May 2019
'Devi 2 is time pass'

Film trade analyst Ramesh Bala in his review of Devi 2, tweeted, "#Devi2 : A sequel with all the elements and stars from 1st part.. @PDdancing is good @tamannaahspeaks looks gorgeous and has a meaty role.. She justifies the title role with her performance.. @RJ_Balaji scenes r funny.. @Nanditasweta looks gud.. A Time Pass outing.."

14:26 (IST)31 May 2019
'I waited to work with Selvaraghavan since early 2000s'

“NGK was a very complex character,” Suriya had said. “You don’t know what’s there on his (Selvaraghavan) mind. Most of the time he himself acts out scenes, putting actors to shame. It is a treat to watch (him doing that). He is a fantastic actor and I really enjoyed following his act. I saw my character through Selvaraghavan and I did what I did.”

Also read: Suriya: NGK is a turning point for me

14:00 (IST)31 May 2019
'Tamannaah looks gorgeous'

Film journalist Kaushik LM wrote about Devi 2. He tweetd, "#Devi2 1st half - Rendu Pei.. PD in multiple roles with very minimal variations. @tamannaahspeaks looks really gorgeous and plays the homely/hyperactive wife Devi. In the enjoyable #ReadyReady song she unleashes her glam, dancing side. Trademark loud Kovai Sarala is there too"

13:39 (IST)31 May 2019
'Tamannaah rocks with her performance'

Film trade analyst Sathish Kumar M tweeted, "#Devi2 #Devi2FromToday -#Prabhudeva has done 3 Characterisations with little variation. @tamannaahspeaks rocks with her performance throughout the movie @Nanditasweta has done the role well as a modern girl. Comedy works in parts. 2 scenes of @RJ_Balaji has come out well"

13:26 (IST)31 May 2019
Rakul Preet on playing Vanathi in NGK

Talking about her character, Rakul Preet Singh had shared with, "Nobody gets to know about what is going in Vanathi’s mind. She is somebody who understands the business well. She is strong headed and very independent, empowered woman. So far in my career, I have never played such a character."

Also read: Rakul Preet Singh on NGK: I have never played such a character

13:10 (IST)31 May 2019
'Respect their work, stop piracy'

Actor-dancer Varalaxmi Sarathkumar tweeted her wishes to both the teams of NGK and Devi 2. She wrote, "Wishing both teams of #NGK @Suriya_offl sir @selvaraghavan sir and #devi2 #alvijay sir @PDdancing @tamannaahspeaks All the very best from our team #chasing..Please do go watch it theatres..I’m sure a lot of work has gone into the films.. we should respect their work #stoppiracy"

12:49 (IST)31 May 2019
'Super excited for NGK'

Actor-filmmaker Dhanush took to Twitter and wrote, "#NGK from today !! Super excited. Good luck to @Suriya_offl sir , @Rakulpreet @Sai_Pallavi92 and @selvaraghavan. Looking forward for the wonderful actor and genius director combo just like you all."

12:29 (IST)31 May 2019
'Great response for NGK'

Writer-director Pandiraj twetted, "Great response for #NGK #PostiveReviews 😍👍💐 All the very best to @Suriya_offl sir @selvaraghavan sir @thisisysr bro @DreamWarriorpic @prabhu_sr sir & team #NGKFire 🔥"

12:11 (IST)31 May 2019
'Selvaraghavan has done a good job'

"Seeing so many negative and mixed reviews for #NGK.But to be genuine @selvaraghavan sir has done a good job. He has explained politics in his way. Few scenes where he explains the power of politics are hitting hard. And @Suriya_offl sir performance, his expressions vera level," @Ganeshsrini2 tweeted.

11:58 (IST)31 May 2019
'Suriya killed it'

@vidyakrithi95 shared on Twitter, "#NGK ...totally a non- #Selvaraghavan movie. @Suriya_offl killed it. You totally captured all the eyes. A decent attempt by #Selvaraghavan after a long time."

11:41 (IST)31 May 2019
NGK leaked by Tamilrockers

Suriya and Sai Pallavi's political thriller NGK hit the screens today. Within a few hours of its release, the film was leaked online by piracy website Tamilrockers.

11:22 (IST)31 May 2019
NGK audience review

@9ac522d017dd45f tweeted, "#NGK 3.5/5: GOOD watch. A neat entertainer from @selvaraghavan on how a common man becomes successful politician by turning everything in his favor with talent&skills. As a political movie it satisfies the target audience @Rakulpreet"

11:06 (IST)31 May 2019
'NGK had something which was very unpredictable'

In an interview with, Suriya said, "NGK had something which was very unpredictable. In this film, you can't predict what will happen next or how the characters are going to talk and emote? At the same time, the story is not restricted to any particular region."

10:54 (IST)31 May 2019
NGK brings out the best in Suriya

Haricharan Pudipeddi posted on Twitter, "As a political thriller, #NGK doesn't hit the sweet spots but it brings out the best in @Suriya_offl in a role that has so many shades. A performance you won't mind betting your money on. However, the film never realises its full potential."

10:31 (IST)31 May 2019
Please do go watch NGK and Devi 2 in theaters: Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar wrote on Twitter, "Wishing both teams of #NGK @Suriya_offl sir @selvaraghavan sir and #devi2 #alvijay sir @PDdancing @tamannaahspeaks All the very best from our team #chasing..Please do go watch it theatres..I’m sure a lot of work has gone into the films.. we should respect their work #stoppiracy"

Whereas the Prabhudheva starrer Devi 2 is a sequel to the beloved Devi. The ghost Ruby has returned, but in a new avatar, ready to enthrall the audience a second time around.

Devi, which had released in 2016, had done well at the box office. However, it remains to be seen if the sequel will be able to repeat the magic or not.

The Vijay film has been produced by K Ganesh and R Ravindran, with a screenplay by the director himself. It has music by Sam CS and will be simultaneously released in Tamil as well as Telugu.

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