Dev D

    
     I have seen a few movies this week, which include two oscar nominee movies “Precious”,”The Blind Side” and the “The Departed”,”Dev D”, among which those last two stood out, while the departed was a crime and thriller genre movie, Dev D was one of it’s kind drug and other real life incidents based movie.
      The Departed was good but Dev D was excellent, people might wonder how people watch these kinda movies, but i like them, i have seen movies on drug abuse, prostitution etc etc before in the likes of “The Basketball diaries”, “Requiem For a Dream”, “Fight Club” etc there are a lot more which i don’t remember presently, all of them were excellent movies and DD is surely one of the best, it was very original when compared to other Indian movies which easily copy the screenplay, story and music, this movie stands out in that aspect and even better than a hollywood movie. The style maybe slightly inspired but not like a straight copy at all.
     This movie mainly is about three characters Dev, Paro ,Chanda/Leni. Dev is spoiled young man, who returns from London for his bro’s wedding and wants to marry his childhood lover Paro, but he hears rumors of she having an sexual affair with someone and Dev insults her, Paro loves him but after the insult she moves on and marries another person, later Dev realizes that the rumors are false, but it’s too late, Paro settles in Delhi with her husband, Dev has a hotel in Delhi, he starts getting addicted to drugs and drinking, here Chanda comes in she is a teen who gets caught in a mms scandal, then her dad commits suicide, mom leaves her, she then comes to delhi and works as a prostitute by night and goes to college in the day and then the story goes on, i can’t write it completely.
     This movie has every thing, excellent direction, screenplay, cinematography, music , very good performances especially Kalki (Leni/Chanda) but the movie lacks a little bit of logic, like paro having good internet access, there is a lot of sex involved and in the first half they always seem to be doing it without getting caught, good english spoken like a lot of slum dwellers, people wearing hats,glasses etc inside an Indian slum,elvis presly styled wedding singers. But this movie is not that bad either, in fact other than those little  logical errors it’s an exceptional movie, with the music fitted the way it was fitted it’s just excellent, and this movie was not even selected for oscars list from India, if it was it might have stood a great chance cos it’s like one of their movies with a good Indian touch. It deals a lot with female sexual desires and how they are suppressed in our culture, Music was really really excellent i think i mentioned music twice earlier in this post but it needs that mention cos it was so good and the actress Kalki was again really good, she is an indo-french from pondy so she knows french, tamil, english fluently and she speaks too in all those languages in the movie!, she apparently learned Hindi for this movie(ha ha, truely south indian).
BOTTOMLESS: Must watch, few might never understand it but a really good movie some even call it a devdas satire.     

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~ by sidhuptdv on March 20, 2010.

One Response to “Dev D”

  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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