hot off the cold press – Dev D movie review!

ok, so i FINALLY watched Dev D, and it was way better than i expected it to be, though i already high hopes. The standard Devdas story has been rewritten to be more relevant in this day and age with wholesale substance abuse replacing the plain old alcohol abuse and a more grungy, seedy (i hate to use the term realistic cause i have no idea) brothel setting for the latter parts as oppssed to the much more romanticized versions in the previous versions. I dont want to go over the story too much, but the performances by everyone are amazing. Mahi Gill broke my heart as Paro, and Kalki Koechlin made me fall in love with Chanda, which is as it should be. The surprise, again, is Abhay Deol who brings out in me a smidge of compassion for Dev(as opposed to thinking the jerk deserved what he got). Abhay is possibly among the best actors in commercial cinema these days, leaving his more famous cousins in the dust in terms of acting chops.

the use of the soundtrack (previously gushed about here), as well as plenty of visual effects never before seen in an indian movie combine to make the movie a very good experience overall.

overall lesson – life doesnt always offer a second chance, but do take it when it does…

3 thoughts on “hot off the cold press – Dev D movie review!

  1. 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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