Dev D

Its different….! It is scandalous…..its funny….it is contemporary……it is watchable….but it is definitely not a movie worth the 5 star reviews it got…I guess they paid the critiques….or we went with high expectations of the movie…(and expectations reduce joy…..)

The best part about Dev D is that it is ‘contemporary’…it is interesting to see how the director has taken the old Devdas story complete with the heartbroken Dev….the love of his life…Paro…and the very happy call girl Chanda!

The story line is the same….. Dev is a rich guy…. has a childhood sweetheart Paro…Dev goes abroad to study…Paro and Dev continue their love affair on chat….( with all the frills….don’t want to write the funny scandalous tit- bits…you have to watch it to see the fun parts!) Dev and Paro have a fight….Paro gets married to an older but very handsome man with two kids….Dev is heart broken……and gets wasted on alcohol and drugs….

Bumps into Chanda (Aka Chandramuki!)……A happy young call girl…..who goes to normal college during the day…..and does interesting  colorful things by the night(again….you have to watch it to see the juicy tit bits…and the very funny phone sex routine!)

Lot more happens with the aamir baap ka bigda hua beta…and the movie stretches quite a bit in the second half and they could have done with better editing and made the second half crisper!

Someone in the group said is  it a very ‘guy’ type movie…which I think I agree..someone else said….that is  like soft porn…which I may not really agree…it is scandalous……but they don’t really show anything much…just say a lot of things…the dialogues are scandalous to a certain degree…and the rest is left to your imagination….

Overall verdict……it is a different….watch it… but be careful who you watch it with!!

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3 responses to “Dev D

  1. Kunal

    Scandalous!
    With whom did you watch the movie?

    And yes, If it’s Indian culture, It is a guy movie.. 😀

    Kunal

  2. Anurag Kashyap movies are like work of art. Many would never like them and those who watch them draw their meanings and interpretations. I have known many females who watched Dev D and liked it even more than I did.

    he has been where he is through lots of grind and would be last person to “pay” to reviewers as you suggest. BTW, dont trust Rajiv Masands or Taran Adarsh or their ilk. Why even go by movie reviews! Go and watch for yourself not because some reviewers says so and award some stars to movies.

  3. 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!

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