Devdas (2002)




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Set in the early 1900s, this film follows a young man named Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) on his way home to India after having spent the past ten years in London. As the news reaches Devdas and his ex-love Paro's (Aishwarya Rai) respective households, the family matriarchs remember when the young couple were still children. When Devdas' mother found out the two wanted to get married, she refused to give her consent, and in doing so, set off a sequence of events which would lead Devdas into alcoholism. Though Paro has agreed to an arranged marriage with a wealthy landowner, she still loves Devdas, and is determined to lure him away from his constant drinking. Devdas is based on a classic Indian novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhye, and is the third feature directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Art House & International , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Shah Rukh Khan
as Devdas Mukherji
Madhuri Dixit
as Chandramukhi
Jackie Shroff
as Chunnilal
Kiron Kher
as Sumitra
Smita Jaykar
as Kaushalya
Tiku Talsania
as Dharamdas
Vijayendra Ghatge
as Bhuvan Choudhry
Amardeep Jha
as Kalibabu's Mother
Milind Gunaji
as Kalibabu
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Critic Reviews for Devdas

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

It does what the movies were meant to do: move, dance and swirl in the popular imagination.

Full Review… | July 25, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's all vastly sumptuous, though the spectacle frequently overwhelms the dramatic impact.

July 14, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Aishwarya Rai's natural beauty anchors the film's three best musical numbers, which balance out the slower and heavier melodramatic parts. All in all, a classy production.

Full Review… | July 22, 2004
Window to the Movies

There's more to Devdas than extravagance; the emotion and passion of the story is felt just as strongly in every frame as the budget.

Full Review… | February 2, 2004

The entire film has an overwhelming hugeness to it that's hard to resist.

Full Review… | September 5, 2003
Combustible Celluloid

When a movie throws as much at you as Devdas does, it's easy to forgive minor disappointments.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002

Audience Reviews for Devdas

"Where will I find again my lost innocence... my lost dreams... my lost childhood? Where has the shade of trees gone, where I made myself a home?" -Devdas This is like the 3rd or 4th Bollywood movie I've seen. I gotta say it was absolutely spectacular. I'm a sucker for romances and this one delivers in all aspects. I couldn't get enough of it after watching it. I was going to go to sleep but I managed to stay up until 6am and watched it all the way through (3 hours+!!).

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Spectacular colors, sets, costumes, music... must have cost a fortune to produce. The lovely Aishwarya Rai is absolutely stunningly gorgeous. This is quite possibly one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen... I wanted to give it less stars because it is so tragic and hopeless but you can't deny its power, its message, and its lasting effect.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer


Really long, and I didn't feel anything for the characters. It is a beautiful film to look at, the colors are vivid.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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