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Devdas Review

Kiran Nadella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
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D se Dil (Soul) + D se Deewanapan (Passion) + D se Dard (Pain) + D se Daaru (Liquor) = Sanjay Leela Bhansali's D-D-D-D-Devdas, plainly the most expensive Indian movie ever made at Rs. 52 crores. Now, if by any chance you are thinking "Ae shaane... Hata saawan ki ghata (I don't care about it much) aur bas itna bata ki aakhir mein Devdas tapakta ki nahin?", then for you Mr. Tapori Bhai, the answer is "Yes". For the rest of ladies and gentlemen, here's the flick.

"Devdas" sets into motion with a jaw-droppingly picturesque palace,

and no wonder it is the humble dwelling of Devda. In no time the ambience splits open with joy and energy - Kaushalya (Smita Jayakar) is wild with excitement that her son Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) is returning home after ten years in London. Devda's back in India.

Begin sizzling love between Devda and cute Paro (Aishwarya Rai). Alas, but the course of true love is never smooth... Devda's parents put up an objection to their love and marriage. Worried about the consequences, Paro plans to elope with Devda, but the idea only results in the humiliation of Paro by Devda's parents.

Furious, Devdas leaves home and then writes to Paro, asking her to forget him as their marriage might destroy his family. Devastated, Paro gives in to her mother's pleas for a marriage elsewhere.


Paro's marriage shatters Devdas. He turns to liquor and a brothel dancer Chandramukhi (Madhuri). Even though at first he turns her away, increasingly he begins to like her. Later on he admits his love for Chandramukhi. But liquor takes its toll on Devdas and he kicks the bucket, still yearning for the love of Paro.

The performances by Aishwarya and Madhuri are first-rate. They are totally engrossed in their characters. Shahrukh somehow manages to re-establish himself as a t-t-t-talented artiste. Jackie's character in the movie appears to be pointless, though. The choreography by Birju

Maharaj's leaves you awestruck. And the plush settings by Nitin Desai are stunning and simply superb.

Devdas is a lengthy but classic silver-screen rendition of the sweetness of first love and sincerity of true love, and is derived from a novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay of the same name. Shah Rukh and Aishwarya play the lovers with a sincerity that is not only appealing but refreshing in this era of raunchy and raw movies. It is recommended only to the patient and the non-taporis.
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ANAND KARNAMADAKALA on 19th Jul 2002, 9:26pm | Permalink
the movie is not that bad, as i have seen both dilip kumar and kundal lal saigal's versions.

the film is canvassed in big settings, the red color is used in very erotic and exotic way. the songs and choreography are very good, the performances are good but still something is missing.

there is no sadness, dard in the movie.u do not have empathy for the characters. u do not feel sad and u do not find the charcters sad though it is supposed to be tragic story.only ego or ghurooro comes out
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8
Biryani on 19th Jul 2002, 3:49pm | Permalink
I understand everyone is entitlede to their opinion about a movie, but I don't think anyone has a right to comment on others by saying 'Suckers will not like this movie' - it's time people grew up and understood that everyone may not share your views about certain subjective things like a movie, a book, etc.
Anyway, horrible movie except for a few good scenes with strong dialogues and Madhuri's superb acting with her eyes, voice modulation and body language. SRK gives another repetitive and stale performance - a mixture of DDLJ as a lover and Darr as a drunkard.
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4
Julie on 19th Jul 2002, 3:42pm | Permalink
The movie hits your senses -negatively. The bursts of colour and gusts of backgroud misic proves harmful for the eyes and ears, unfortunately everything leaves your heart untouched.The melodramatic acting of DEVDAS and Paro's motheer, and Devdas's bhabhi is ludicrous and totally theatrical. Moreover, if Snjay Leela Bhansali really wanted to give the movie a Bengali flavour by introducing irrelevant Bengali words in between, he should have at least made the sets look Bengali. No rich Bengali, at the time when Devdas existed, had such horrible blue walls like Paro's husband, and no poor Bengali could afford those stained glass windows...Paro's husband's palace looks more like a cross between a fort and a Muslim Gumbaz, and Chandramukhi's kothi tells us that dance girls were extremely rich ..wow!!
By the way, in reply to Mirza Ahmed's review, the author's surname is rightly 'Chattopadhyay'. The British converted it to 'Chatterjee'. It is one of the many Bengali surnames(others being Banerjee, Mukherjee, etc.) to be shortened by British. That was for your information from a Bengali, i.e. myself.
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4
Mirza Ahmed on 18th Jul 2002, 10:11pm | Permalink
The one reveiw has no knowledge of the writer's name itself. It is Chaterjee not Chitopadhaya. Le other have been writing on in Rediff also.

The movie is excellent. The acting is marvellous and nothing could be said about it further. The box office result is going to prove it.
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8
Raj on 18th Jul 2002, 6:51pm | Permalink
money wasted of nothing.
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2
Wajid on 18th Jul 2002, 6:49pm | Permalink
boring movie.
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2
Sara on 18th Jul 2002, 6:48pm | Permalink
well its nothing.
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2
* * on 18th Jul 2002, 6:45pm | Permalink
simply dumb movie.worst of its cost.needless settings.sleepy songs.aish looks aged.over action by every actor/actress.saving factor is.. nothing.
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2
Movie Lover on 18th Jul 2002, 2:42pm | Permalink
This will be a all-time classic. There is never a dull momemt in this movie. Folks who appreciate good music, decent charecterization, good script and lyrics,.. will like it. All other suckers will hate it.
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10
Bert Schells on 17th Jul 2002, 11:24pm | Permalink
Suckers will never understand this marvelous movie!
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10
Syed Ahmed on 17th Jul 2002, 11:23pm | Permalink
Best of SRK & Ash. MD also very good. Very good movie. Definitely a grand success, definitely will be the best movie, best actor, best actress, best director for every award for 2002.
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10
Rajesh Reddy on 17th Jul 2002, 10:58pm | Permalink
The movie sucked big time. I think it's time for Shah Rukh to hang up his gloves
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2
V on 17th Jul 2002, 10:36pm | Permalink
Thanks for the tip. Although I am no tapori, I dont think I will see this movie.
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4
Mrs Vas on 16th Jul 2002, 11:18pm | Permalink
Movie chuusi Nenu DASH (Vanthi vanthi...) chesukunna....
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2
811 on 16th Jul 2002, 11:17pm | Permalink
I think SRK is gone mad... doing this movie.. I walked out of the theatre after 45mins...
SRK please stop giving such stale performances...
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2
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