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…

2 in one music review – plus talk among yourselves!

Delhi 6 by AR Rahman and Dev D by Amit Bhattacharya

Delhi 6 is a solid Rahman album, with a lot of melding of genres into a very comfortable, friendly soundtrack. not his best work by far, but better than most of his projects in 2008 – quite a bit better than the slumdog millionaire soundtrack IMO. ‘Arziyan‘, a qawwali and ‘Genda Phool‘ deserve special mention. the original single ‘Masakalli’ is ok, but a little annoying due to heavy rotation.

Dev D is a bit of a musical rollercoaster ride. the music director in interviews prior to album release, promised a sampling of every musical style familiar to bollywood and he really doesn’t leave many stones unturned in this effort. from classical to bhangra to rock to the brass band emosanal attyachar posted earlier on this blog, there’s nothing significant that’s not there. LOT of fun for the bollywood buffs and even for those new to it. apart from the previously mentioned song, the classical infused ‘Paayaliya‘ and the surprisingly catchy ‘Nayan Tarse‘ are a lot of fun.

overall 2009 has had a great musical start, with amazing music from the above two as well as previously mentioned Luck By Chance

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