DEV D


Anurag Kashyap and Abhay Deol take the goold old premise of Devdas (the eternal idol of love who gives up life to drink in despair at not getting his love. Immortalized by the creation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhya) set it in the modern day stretching from the factories of Punjab to the grimy underbelly of Delhi, and produce an entertaining, believable story of 3 souls on a journey with inter crossing paths.

Dev (Abhay Deol) returns from London to his wealthy family in Punjab. He returns hoping to complete the sexual tryst with childhood friend Paro (Mahie Gill) who chatted with him and sent him her nude pictures while he was abroad. Paro is the duaghter of the Manager of the business run by Dev's family. Will Dev and Paro come together and consummate their passion ? Will this result in a never ending saga of love ?

Meanwhile a MMS  (Multimedia Message Service) scandal brings Chanda (Kalki Koechlin) to Delhi and into the midst of some foreigners who by night ply the world's oldest trade but by name are normal college going women. All this under the helpful guidance of Chunni (Dibyendu Bhattacharya).  Will Chanda make her way in this world and achieve the understanding , love and support that she seeks?

Dev, Paro and Chanda. Their paths come together after Paro gets married following a misunderstanding with Dev. In the resulting anger and frustration Dev takes to having bottles of Vodka, raw and moves to Delhi. In a continuing spiral of Liquor, Drugs and loneliness Dev is spotted by Chunni who is ever watchful for rich young men with a hunger that he provides solutions for. Dev meets Chanda.  Dev continues in his quest for love accompanied by his bottles of liquor and drugs. His downward spiral sets of a series of incidents that result in him being alienated from his family, ignored by Paro and distanced from Chanda.

Will Dev, in classic Devdas style go down in despair, drink and drugs ? Watch this awesome film if you haven't done so already. The music is breathtaking and plays a parallel role to the character Dev. The Twilight band who appear throughout the movie at all crucial junctures also put in a choreography for the song 'Pardesi' is quite cool.  The story has taken a few real live instances that happened in India like the MMS Scandal, death of footpath dwellers due to a drunken driver etc and made them key elements to the narrative in a seamless manner. Abhay Deol in his glasses, a jacket and a side bag plays the part to perfection and presents a version of Devdas you would find believable. Mahie Gill is brilliant as Paro and Kalki Koechlin as the foreign prostitute does a great job. All in all, a perfect film with awesome music. Dibyendu Bhattachya ethces a cool Chunni. He was in Monsoon Wedding. Black friday, Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal and a few more. You recognize him ? probably not, but after this you film you surely will. 

Produced under the banner UTV Spotboy and Bindass, directed by Anurag Kashyap, Music by Amit Trivedi (also did Aamir) the movie is one more from the stable of UTV Pictures that is low budget, high value. I love this movie and you can be sure I will buy the DVD when it come out. Is it worth watching ? You decide.

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