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Review: Dev D

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Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

Written by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Motwane

Starring: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahi Gill, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Release Date: 6 February, 2009

Times have changed and so have the interpretations of the classic Bengali novel Devdas. This movie is the 9th movie based mostly on the novel and though I haven’t seen any other, I can say that this one surely would be one of the best. Devdas, the immortal lover, was so long depicted in the classic form but Anurag Kashyap (Black Friday, Hanuman Returns) took him to be a more modernized person, caught in the twists and tangles of love.

Abhay Deol plays the role of Dev, the son of a rich Punjabi businessman while Mahi Gill plays Paro, Dev’s childhood sweetheart. As a teen, Dev goes to London for his studies and upon returning, re-unites with Paro. Thier love story comes to a halting crash when Dev rudely ditches Paro after he is fed misinformation about her by an ill-wisher. Paro is then married off to another guy and Dev finds himself at emotionally torn apart when he realizes his wrong doings. The movie also tracks the story of Chanda (after the character of Chandramukhi), a girl who takes up prostitution after losing her place in society when she is caught in a nasty MMS Scandal with her boyfriend. It is as a prostitute that she meets Dev and the two fall in love. But the troubled lives of both continue to tear them apart and the resulting drama forms the rest of the story. And believe me, all three characters have put in a stupendous performance, especially Abhay.

Now, Anurag Kashyap does a great amount of justice to the character of Chanda, who is inspired by a Delhi schoolgirl infamously caught in an MMS Scandal a few years ago. He portrays her as the girl shunted by every single person who once cared for her due to just one mistake of hers. Even though she grows wiser and vows not to repeat her mistakes, she fails to find a place in anyone’s heart. She understands that those who watched her clip were as much at fault as she herself, as she says in the movie, half the nation got off on that video, and they turned around and called her the slut.

Whats good about the movie is that it breaks quite a few taboos in the Indian Film Industry. Drug use and sexual content have been portrayed in the movie, though not extensively, but more than any Hindi movie I can remember ever has. And these portrayals are part of the character building of the characters, and aren’t wasted as might have been by most directors.

The music is in the movie is awesome! Boasting of 18 tracks, each one is quite different from the other! So many genres have been mixed together in this movie. And the song ‘Emosanal Attyachar’ sounds even better when watching the movie!

The movie is at times a bit boring. The story either proceeds too slow at those moments or the emotional quotient is too high for the situation. Anyways, all in all its a very good movie. Don’t miss it.

I’d give it 8/10.


February 19, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , | 5 Comments