Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dev.D

Welcome to the new age version of the classic Sarat Chandra story, Devdas. Abhay Deol, much against my expectation, works out an edgy version of the tragic Devdas. Dev, a UK returned young yuppie, fucks himself up in more ways than 1 - first, spurns what turns out to be his true love and then disappears into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and depression. And of course there is the character of Chanda, brilliantly portrayed by Kalki Koechlin - a product of Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry in real life. On hindsight, the plot appears tiringly familiar but what makes the movie a must watch is the panache and style that Anurag Kashyap brings to the story telling - a level of edginess that one rarely comes across in a Bollywood film.

Rating: * * *

1 comment:

Kogi Kaishakunin said...

Constantine forces you to smoke while you watch it. This film makes you drink. Bottom line is that Anurag Kashyap is a deadly motherfucker. My first introduction to Devadas. I am going to make it my last.