Dev D (2009) Preview – A Modern Devdas

Dev D is a 2008 Romantic Drama film written and directed Anurag Kashyap as a modern day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic novel Devdas.Though Devdas has been adapted on screen many times and by some illustrious filmmakers like P.C.Barua and Bimal Roy DEV D will still appear as fresh and riveting a tale of love lost and self-destruction.The film was conceived by Abhay Deol, and then worked upon by Kashyap.United Television (UTV) Motion pictures started a production arm called UTV Spot Boy to make small to medium budget films. Dev D is the first film to be made by this company.The film is expected to be released on 9th Jan. 2009.

Classically Devdas has been hailed as the ultimate lover who drowns himself when he looses his love and goes into the path of self-destruction.DEV D on the other hand unabashedly proclaims Dev as the hypocrite who drowns in self pity and as a man who could not stand up for himself.

DEV D breaks all the typecasts of the original novel including it‘s principal characters. DEV D in essence is the tale of a man who goes into self destruction but the circumstances and the characters he meets are the people we meet and know and are of this generation.

Unlike prior endeavours by filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, DEV D is set in modern world where plastic money like ATM debit and Credit cards play more important role than hard cash, there is advance mode of communication like mobile, internet chatting instead of traditional means like telegrams. Globalization has expanded the horizon of technological availability.

DEV D has been shot in the winters of Punjab and Delhi. The backdrop to this saga oscillates between the rustic and colorful Punjab to the Foggy and Dingy lanes of Pahadganj, connaought place and Old Delhi.

Let’s wait and see, how much this movie will hit the box-office and the expectations of the audiences on 9th Jan 2009.

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