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Previously adapted for the screen by such revered filmmakers as P.C. Barua and Bimal Roy, Anurag Kashyap's Dev D is a contemporary take on author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's popular novel Devdas. Traditionally, the story of Devdas finds the eponymous character, a legendary lover, becoming so despaired at the loss of his true love that he begins to veer down a perilous path of self-destruction. Alternately, this version of the story paints Devdas as a self-pitying hypocrite whose will is so weak that he cannot even summon the fortitude to stand up for himself. The son of a zamindar (tax collector), Devdas longs to marry childhood sweetheart Paro. Unfortunately for the would-be couple, differences in status and caste make the prospect of marriage impossible. Sent to Calcutta as Paro is married off to a wealthy yet aged widower, Devdas meets the prostitute Chandramukhi (Kalki) and ultimately falls into a tragic cycle of excess due to an overpowering sense of remorse.


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Audience Reviews for Dev.D

  • Jul 24, 2011
    'Dev-D' is a modern retake of the much re-filmed classic Indian novel, 'Dev-Das'. This radical experiment from director, Anurag Kashyap, who completely reinvents the traditional musical drama, tells the story in a contemporary fashion defying almost every boundaries set by the traditional Bollywood, without overcooking it.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2011
    DevD is a movie about lust, sex, loyalty and love in all its imperfections and complexities. Abhay Deol stars as Dev, a spoilt rich boy who returns home to Punjab after a graduation abroad, but has little in terms of future plans, except for getting into the sack with his childhood friend Paro, with whom he's spent many a long night talking dirty on the phone. On learning from a local village sleazy scumbag that she might have had a promiscuous past, Dev rejects Paro and her advances, driving her to marry a man she doesn't love, and landing himself in a downward spiral of booze, drugs and prostitutes. As Dev and Paro part ways, a traumatized Chanda enters the equation, a teenaged girl who becomes ostracized by her family and friends due to explicit filming of her by her boyfriend. Of her own free will she becomes a hooker in Delhi's famous Pahar Ganj area and the one Dev hooks up with in his desperate, despondent phase. There is absolutely nothing likable about the narcissist Dev. It seems that women were intrigued by his bad boy vibe and he is portrayed as the ultimate spoiled brat but how can a viewer have any sympathy for a character who doesn't even have a single likable trait about him? I watched this movie not knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised at how it captured and held my interest throughout. I found it bold, brazen and at the same time dark and depressing but I think DevD has given a new meaning to Indian movie making and creativity.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2010
    The film is a freaking achievement in direction, cinematography, editing and audiography. Rich in content and presentation. Great performances. Sarat Chandra Chatterji would have been proud.
    Anoop K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2010
    Dev D is a modern-day interpretation of the classic novel "Devdas" by Sarat Chandra. Dev (Abhay Deol), Paro (Mahi Gill) and Chanda (Kalki Koechlin) of Dev D reflect the sensibilities, conflicts aggression, and independence. Free thought, exuberance and recklessness of the youth of today. A generation that is jammed between eastern roots and western sensibilities. Dev D is set in the rustic and colorful Punjab and also explores the dingy, morbid, dark underbelly of Delhi. From sprawling mustard fields to a riot of neon. Now we have come through various versions of the novel "Devdas", but "Dev. D" is way different than all the others. It's not actually the remake of Devdas, yet it can be said as it has been just inspired by it. There are minor similarities yet the characters are similar in a way. The new Devdas likes to have his vodka with Coke, asks Paro for some nude pictures of herself, chats with Paro through IM, likes to have sex, smokes even during pissing after waking up in the morning & does other various stuffs according to the current trend of Indian Youth. There are so many reasons why "Dev. D" strikes hard on it's viewers. It's a coming of an age cinema of Bollywood. Bollywood never did witnessed any stuff like Dev. D ever before. The soul of the movie lies within it's characters, specially "Dev.D" along with Paro, Chanda & Chunni. The movie also depicts Delhi in a superior way. Anurag Kashyap always trying to do something new & creative with each of his movies. First it was Black Friday, which portrayed some stunning reality behind the blasts in Mumbai in the year 1993, which also made it highly controversial & then it was "No Smoking", which was an attempt of a cult movie, though it failed to express the real message behind the movie. Anurag Kashyap this time does it in a Tarantino style. A love story in a Tarantino way. Now that's something really innovative! He gives an extra-ordinary direction, with keeping in mind to entertain the viewers. The humor of the movie with it's witty one liners keeps the viewers hooked during the first half. Though the second half looses it's momentum a bit, the movie still strikes in a powerful way. Now if we talk about the performances, Abhay Deol is one of the most talented actors in Bollywood. Not only he performs well, but what he did in this movie is called "Class Act". Top class act by Abhay. Also the performances by the two of the new-comers is refreshing & amazing. Adding to all the factors above is the music or the score of the movie. That's something different yet again for Bollywood. The track "Emotional Atyachar" is already famous. But the best tracks of the movie are "Ek Hulchul Si" & "Emotional Atyachar (Rock Version)". It would simply blow the mind of the lovers of rock music. Excellent songs & score by Amit Trivedi. The unusual cinematography of the movie gives the movie a different look, yet a dark look. Dev.D is a fantastic movie to be made in Bollywood history. A never before experienced love story with sex, drugs, drinks & lot many stuffs. A classic love story with fantastic performance by Abhay Deol.
    Abhilash S Super Reviewer

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