DevD is not a movie for the prudes. Because it has an ‘A’ certificate, it is not a porn movie. It’s realistic. Despite knowing that DevD is modern day adaptation of Devdas, movie could hold me through all along. 🙂
Dev is a London-educated guy, who is in love with Paro, his childhood sweetheart. Dev is impudent to the core. His relationship with Paro does not work out, largely due to his fault. Paro, on the other hand, gives 100% to her relationship while she is at it. There are some hilarious instances that depict how far Paro can walk up for Dev. But she is certainly not in awe of Dev, she knows when to put him in place. Paro, after a rebuff from Dev, marries Bhuvan.
After Paro, comes in Chanda (chandramukhi). Chanda is regular rich kid until she gets into a MMS scandal. In a series of events that kick off after that, she finds herself abandoned. She continues her education, thanks to Chunni, but becomes a call girl by night. She brings alive all the fantasies for her customers that they might have come across in a Nancy Friday.
Chunni introduces Dev to Chanda. Why? Dev has loads of money thanks to his industrialist father. Dev seeks Paro again, who returns with unquestioned loyalty, yet Paro hasn’t lost her old spunk.
Dev is not your usual goody-two-shoes hero. His actions are not admirable and you don’t feel any sympathy for him. But he is not an anti-hero either. His plight to dungeons and relationship with Paro and Chanda is well-fleshed out. Both Paro and Chanda have been portrayed with flair, independence and dignity. :possible spoiler: Unlike Dev, she hasn’t been going through any emotional atyachar, she seems to have a good life with her Bhuvan. That is a masterstroke. :possible spoiler:
After you have watched the movie and introspect, you will laugh at Bhansali’s Devdas. Naah, this not to discredit Bhansali’ vision, only to credit Kashyap’s vision. To his credit, Anurag Kashyap has given his due to Bhansali. Chanda’s name in the movie is inspired after she watches Bhansali’s version of Devdas on television. Chunni’s character is interesting too, though Kashyap has used him mostly as a facilitator in the story.
I liked the movie because though in extremes, it was believable. I could believe a wayward, purposeless guy’s search for love. I believe that no matter how bad our circumstances, we make our choices. Dev chose to be a recluse. Chanda chose to be a call girl. Paro chose to be with Bhuvan. All of them had it hard, but none were forced to make the choice. They made their choices of freewill. This is true for our lives too. 😦 Dark humor in the movie was a plus.
Abhay Deol and Mahi Gill (Paro) were good. Kalki Koechlin who played Chanda was ok. (Kalki, by the way, is also Anurag’s live-in girlfriend.)
As for music, I couldn’t take too much to emotional atyachar song. To me, it was a disconnector in the movie. Instead I liked Amit Trivedi’s rock Saali Khushi, Nayan Tarse, and Dhol yaara Dhol. There were actually many more tracks in the movie, about 18.
All in all, go for it. You would hate it only if you are a prude and blind to the truth that is all around you.
My rating: 3.5 (Nikhat Kazmi’s rating of 5 in TOI is overrated. I was curious to see Khalid Mohammed’s rating, for Aunrag has taken him to task in past. Alas, I coundn’t find it anywhere.)
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