Tuesday, February 10, 2009

devdas to dev d...

Dev D is a modern-day love story. Dev, Paro and Chanda of Dev D reflect the sensibilities, conflicts, aggression, independence, free thought, exuberance and recklessness of the youth of today. A generation that is jammed between eastern roots and western sensibilities.
Dev D is set in the rustic and colourful Punjab and also explores the dingy, morbid, dark underbelly of Delhi. It takes us from sprawling mustard fields to a riot of neon; from Punjabi ballads to mayhem in rock.

Anurag Kashyap manages entertain as well as deliver the idealistic changes in man. dev d, the modern day devdas has come to the point of no return. 

The days of those age old devdas's have long gone. What has replaced love is lust. Today, lust has overpowered that emotion of feeling and sacrifice for the other. There was no better way to potray this hairpin u-turn but to ride it to the super-sized curtains on the horse-back of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic love story Devdas.  Superbly including all those news items we generally talk about by saying - 'Why doesn't anyone do something about it? Are the authorities sleeping?' kashyap has proved the worth of the grand scale cinema and its influence. 

Turning around the classic novel into a sattire on the society Dev D brings forward the yet unexposed glossy picture of high-class-booty-filled Indian society. Keeping the tracks set as they were (with slight detours) Kashyap has managed to change the train plying on these tracks from the passenger Kolkata Express to the superfast Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi. The characters in Dev D - Dev, Paro, Chanda, Chunni weave together the main headlines of any newspaper in the last 5-10 years. 

It will not be wrong to say that Indian industry ha grown both in skill as well as tolerance for newer ideas. The direction is what they call 'Non-Linear'. 
This modern Devdas brings into light various mundane events that are getting common in India. Starting form disregarding parents, to the late night party culture, to the druggism, to the manipulative crowd around. Chunni here has been very cleverly replaced by the cunning pimp pushing the already not-in-balance people into the abysmal of sexism and nashabaazi. The story of DPS-MMS scandal has been used to build the character of Chandramukhi. 
The attempt to put everything together may have succeeded to some extent but the fact still remains that is the Indian crowd ready to digest this heavy storyline? Can such movies be upgraded from the B-grade cadre of movies (altough this movie was released as a main steam flick) ?  

The music of the movie is exceptional and is probably the only thing binding the people to their chairs (if the answer is NO for the above question that is). Yet, as a remake(yeah, yeah! Kashyao vey categorically says this is not a remake.. so lets put it as re-using the concept), this movie is sure to make a flag on the chronology of the development of cinema in India. The general thing with remakes is using the same storyline with a twist in the end. This on the other hand integrates the concept into the modern values, ideals, needs and hence gives out the DEV D instead of the DEVDAS.  

and please please please visit the official site ---- http://www.devdthefilm.com/


Arsenic said...

o forgot to mention ..

it is seriously emotional attyachaar!!

Nikhil said...

mehra !!!

it not emotional attyachar ...
its emosional attyachar .....

awesome watch