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Dev D – A review! :)

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!! 😉 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! 😀

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How many of you call you dad by his pet-name…forget first name, but pet name???? Our hero, Dev does. 😀
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 channel 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”!! 😀
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! 🙂
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! 🙂

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? 😛 I must confess, its disgusting to blow on someone’s face. I wish they are provided with an alcohol detecting instrument. Amen! 🙂

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