Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Produced By Ronnie Screwvala
Written by Kashyap and Vikram Motwane
Music by Amit Trivedi
Anurag Kashyap’s passion for insane cinema finally found the right answer in this modern day version of the epic Indian novel. He’s already made an attempt with ‘No Smoking’, but that flick had just gone crazy and nobody could make out the head and tail of it.
Talking of Dev D, the film will surely be an inspiration for most of the new age directors, especially for those out of film schools. Those guys would find great pleasure in relating themselves to such film making style – dark, quick and high end technicality (screenplay, music and the visual).
As given in the disclaimer of the film – the film is loosely based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadyaya’s classic Bengali novel of 1917. Dev (Abhay Deol) is rich kid back from London. But the reason why he comes back is very darkly played in this version of DD. Paro is played by the new comer Mahi Gill. However, over a small misapprehension of Paro’s previous affair the egoistic Dev gets mad at her and in the heated up mood fuddles into a physical relationship with a girl at a marriage.
The next few minutes of the film are Paro getting married to the guy of her father’s choice and Dev smoking weed and smashing himself over a few bottles of vodka.
The beauty of the film is the loose adaptation from the novel and how exquisitely it changes from Dev Das to Dev D. Chanda (Kalki Koechlin) is the Vijayanthimala or the Madhuri Dixit of this version. This is a girl whose story is based on the popular DPS scandal and how she ends up at a brothel.
My favorite part and the script writer’s masterstroke to the film is without doubt the characterization of Chunni Lal (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) who manages a whore house and meets a stoned Dev on the shady streets of Delhi.
The visual and the background score of the film are what might make this film a cult classic. In both these departments a Stanley Kubrick touch can clearly be traced by all Kubrick fans out there. And also the minimal use of dialogue and conveying more through the visual is the mark of an ace maker (just the way RGV was, in his early days).
The only less polished sequence which Kashyap should have taken care of is not overplaying the stoner emotions in the second half. Talking of Abhay, his performance is comparable to Graduate’s Dustin Hoffman. A spectacular performance.
Kashyap – The man’s movies have a sense of similarity with that of directors like Bala and Kubrick. A proud Indian asset.
Do watch the film. With Dev D India also has a trendy classic with a different version like the King Kong or The Star Wars of Hollywood. Thank you Kashyap.