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: * * *