Dev D – A review! :)

01 Mar

Everything seemed right about it. I could very well relate to it. Not that I had experienced it myself, but everything seemed so right and so much in place. I was happy and carried a smile as I came out of the theatre watching the Hindi movie Dev D.

As per legends, creative ideas mostly generate when one is parked on a pot-e!! πŸ˜‰ The disclaimer to this movie stated that it was “loosely” inspired by the story of Saratchandra’s DevDas!! It was indeed and must say very well adapted to the current era. To Anurag Kashyap – the writer/director, I must say – an idea well thought and executed.

Those who haven’t watched it, stop reading right here unless you don’t mind getting to know a gist about the storyboard. Rest can read, and agree. Disagree as well…after-all a democratic country we are in! πŸ˜€


How many of you call you dad by his pet-name…forget first name, but pet name???? Our hero, Dev does. πŸ˜€
He gets slapped.
Fine humor is blended in such a serious situation too. Dev asks his dad “why you slapping me…tell me that…for smoking a cigarette or for calling you by your pet-name?”
He is sent to England for higher studies as an acknowledgement to his query! (I wonder if my dad would have sent me too, if I had called him by his pet-name! ;))!

The young Parvinder alias Paro loves Dev, her father’s employer’s son…a love, which is never acknowledged.
But times have changed. Paro doesn’t cry over Dev’s departure to London. She keeps in touch with him through mails, phone and chats.
She doesn’t even think twice over his request of a picture of hers…wearing nothing.

*Note* The director here missed a trick. He forgot that digital pics (The camera she uses, didnt seem analogous to me) could be uploaded and directly sent via e-mail. Instead he makes the heroine, click – develop – scan and send the picture.

Paro keeps asking “Kab aaoge Dev? (when you coming, Dev?)” only to get no solid answer.
On seeing her picture, “Main aaraha hoon Paro (I’m coming Paro)” he calls her up to convey. This may sound utterly butterly vulgar and pervert-ish…but it’s handled well in the movie, and actually makes the audience laugh out loud.

Dev is a hypocrite character, who acts out more than he thinks. He loves Paro, knows Paro loves him but is unable to admit it all out. He goes out with women, but is unable to bear a lie that a stranger of a man says about his liaison with Paro. Sloshed by the innumerable pegs and chain smoking, he puts it across to Paro that she’s not worth to be his wife.
Paro ends up marrying a rich widower with 2 kids and moves to Delhi. The “Emosional Athyachaar” song sets the right mood at this very moment in the story!

Years ago, there was an MMS scandal related to a girl who was a student in DPS (Delhi Public School). The very story forms the backdrop of Lene alias Chandramukhi alias Chanda, the third angle in the movie. Unlike the Delhi gal whose family moved abroad in real life, Lene’s family fails to deal with all that occurred. Her father commits suicide, mom abandons her and she’s left to feed herself. Being beautiful and open-minded, no wonder she’s drawn into the world of commercial sex trade under the acquaintance of a pimp, Chunnilal.
But these are the times when multitasking is the name of the game. So Lene, who is now known by the name of Chanda…goes to college like any other gal of her age during the daytime, and at the end of the day, gets back to business!

Dev, in search of Paro lands in Delhi…and is devastated to find her happy in her new household. He takes more strongly to alcohol than ever before, taking cartons of booze each night to his hotel room. He finally lands in the lap of Chanda, thanks to Chunni.
His straightforward talks, his love for Paro – makes Chanda fall in love with Dev. But Dev, can love none being the way he is.
A high moment in the movie is when Dev asks Chanda, as to how Lene became Chanda. Chanda explains, “No TV channelΒ showed my MMS, no newspaper carried my picture…everyone downloaded the MMS and watched it…they enjoyed it and then called me a slut.” How true.

The story is then about how Dev gets involved in a BMW rundown case (plot taken from a real incident); how he loses his dad, his only ATM; how he fails to understand his failure; how he comes over Paro and booze and lets both of them go; and how he finally gets to be with Chanda.
The Dev of this modern day version doesn’t give up due to circumstances and die. This Dev is open to face life as it comes.

The music is awesome. 18 tracks throughout the movie…the best being “Emosional Athyachaar” and “Mahi Mennu”…also loved “Nayan tarse” and “Saali khushi”!! πŸ˜€
The actors – Abhay Deol as Dev, Mahi Gill as Paro, Kalki Koechlin as Chanda and Dibyendu Bhattacharya as Chunnilal – have done awesome justice to the characters they have portrayed! πŸ™‚
I also wonder how the censorship board was so kind to this movie when it comes to dialogues. Times have indeed changed.

Times of India gave it a rating of 5/5, so shall I! πŸ™‚

PS: On the way back home, the traffic police inspector stopped and asked me to blow on his face to check if I had consumed alcohol. Co-incidence? πŸ˜› I must confess, its disgusting to blow on someone’s face. I wish they are provided with an alcohol detecting instrument. Amen! πŸ™‚


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22 responses to “Dev D – A review! :)

  1. Pavithra Vijay

    March 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Sree,

    Nice review. Will watch it tomorrow itself and let you know my comments. πŸ™‚

  2. Mike

    March 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

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  3. karismatickk

    March 1, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    good post!! gives me enough reason to watch the movie [;)]… i liked the PS better though.. [:D].. Lolz… keep writing!!! [:)]

  4. Sree

    March 1, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    @ Pavi,

    Sure…lemme know your thoughts about it! πŸ™‚
    Thanks buddy!! πŸ˜€

    @ Mike,

    Thanks a lot!! πŸ˜€

    @ KK,

    Hehe…watch it…achcha hey…fits to our pervertish times! πŸ˜‰
    PS was a true fact…I blew on his face…thankfully for him, I had brushed my teeth! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks buddy! πŸ˜€

  5. iselldreams

    March 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    as i didnt watch the movie yet, i stopped at the point you adviced me to do πŸ˜€

  6. Sree

    March 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Lolz…that was just for my safety…lolz…you can read ahead if you promise not to beat me till I reach the heaven! πŸ˜‰
    Waise, dont read….instead watch the movie…Its cool..!! πŸ˜€

  7. cutestangel

    March 3, 2009 at 2:07 am

    umm not really that seriously in to bollywood movies unless srk is in it.Maybe will watch it!! Thanks for the review.

  8. aparna

    March 3, 2009 at 9:00 am

    wat was so gud abt the movie btw?

  9. Sree

    March 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    @ C-A,

    Watch this…the movie of modern times!! πŸ˜€
    Thanks buddy! πŸ˜€

    @ Aparna,

    It was very close to reality…dont look at the individual details, but at the bigger picture! πŸ™‚
    Thanks buddy! πŸ˜€

  10. amrita

    March 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    now i REALLY wanna watch it !!!!!

  11. iselldreams

    March 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    At last i got a chance to watch this movie…it was both catchy but somehow irritating at the same time…and i couldnt help comparing Devdas and Dev-D…but yea overall (in its own frame) this one deserves a 5/5 too πŸ˜€

  12. iselldreams

    March 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    At last i got the chance to watch this movie…it was both catchy and somehow irritating at the same time…and i could not help comparing Devdas (SRK one) and Dev-D all through the movie…but yea this one deserves a 5/5 as well πŸ˜€

  13. iselldreams

    March 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    btw i dnt know whts wrong with my comment section<<<first i couldnt publish any…now i got all published… πŸ˜†

  14. Sree

    March 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    @ Aparna,

    Go watch it!! πŸ˜€
    Thanks buddy! πŸ˜€

    @ Isd,

    Awesome…ya there’s lots to compare…but it gets a 5/5 for being bold as well as for the way its shown! πŸ™‚
    Am surprised u gave 5/5 for a non-SRK hindi movie! πŸ˜›
    Thanks buddy! πŸ˜€

  15. Ebrahim Kabir

    March 8, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Must say the movie is watchable but not the masterpiece everyone seems to be labeling the film to be.

  16. Sree

    March 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    @ Ebrahim,

    I agree to an extent with you as far as the story is concerned…but it was a technical beauty!! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

  17. Rishi

    March 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Cool man sree… I couldn’t have put the review in better words! πŸ™‚

    I watched the movie the saturday of the week it was released.. I loved the movie as is and liked the freedom of the Indian filmmakers these days… at last they are up from the usual love stories! Several scenes were like you wouldn’t dare take ur dates to the movie hall (I had an idea of this fact so i didn’t… lol) but they were equally hillarious!

    I am in total awe with Anurag Kashyap, and recently, Abhay Deol has become my favorite actor! πŸ™‚

  18. Sree

    March 24, 2009 at 12:06 am

    @ Rishi,

    Hey thanks a lot buddy!! πŸ˜€
    I guess I almost wrote the script!! πŸ˜‰

    Oh yeah…you cant take your dates to this movie, unless she’s the “bed-on-cycle-to-wherever-you-are” types!! πŸ˜†

    Thanks for your comments!! Abhay Deol yes…loved him in “oye lucky, lucky oye” too!! πŸ˜€

  19. Sourav Roy

    June 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    The story of Devdas is a ready-made platform for endless psycho-analysis and study of contemporary social framework. The original tale relied on the notions of platonic love whereas Dev D is about physical love. It relies on on-face shock value! Devdas is a coward who is defeated by the social prejudices and carries the guilt throughout his life. He drinks in order to forget his cowardice. Dev D and all the other characters of Kashyap’s tale aren’t influenced by the social norms. Both stories thereby reflecting their specific era.

    The character sketching is unique. Dev is played to near perfection by Abhay Deol, whose performance is quiet and confident. Paro (Mahie Gill) is no more the sacrificial damsel who lives physically and mentally with different men. Kashyap also maintains the audience’s distance from the characters using the brilliance in script and smooth editing. He never allows us to sympathize with the characters, thereby shifting the focus from one to the other- a rare work of imagery, indeed!

    I strongly feel Kashyap could have gone with a better actress for Chanda (Kalki Koechlin). Chanda’s part was not exploited well. The psychological impact of the whole mms incident on her which leads to the suicide of her father never showed up. It was a perfect opportunity to tell the world about the feelings of a girl, and all the hardships she goes through because of one mms!


  20. Sree

    June 14, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Hey Thanks Sourav…that was very well put πŸ™‚


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