Not just as a fan of Venu Nagavally but as an avid movie watcher, I have to admit that Sukhamo Devi is a path breaking Malayalam movie that influenced many youths in Kerala. By his own admission, Venu Nagavally called it a true portrayal of his own tragic love story.
The campus movie paved the way for a great shift in the realm of story telling, scripting, music and even the characterization of the protagonists. The way this movie reached out to touch and influence young minds cannot be expressed sufficiently in words. It changed our perceptions about campus romance, friendships, relationships and even the intimacy of our experiences in campus once we have come of the mould and learned to separate ourselves from those whom we once considered central to our happiness in life. The musical maestro of Malayalam cinema, the late Raveendran Master, gave such a deep treatment and feel to the songs in this movie, doing complete justice to the brilliantly creative lyrics penned by the O.N.V.Kurup. The songs from this movie are evergreen hits that every Malayali hums, enjoys and listens to, as if each time, a new meaning and sentiment is evoked just by listening.
This is also one of Mohan Lal’s best films, bringing out layers of acting skills as he became transformed into the happy-go-lucky, careless campus hero.