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Movie Review: Daas Dev (2018)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel, Devdas has captured the imagination of filmmakers in the past and continues to do so even today. Set in contemporary times, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra’s Daas Dev borrows not just from this novel but also from William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, to tell a story that essentially tries to capture the dynamics of dynastic politics in India. In this retelling of the classic novel, Dev (Rahul Bhat) is a reluctant political heir who loves Paro (Richa Chaddha) immensely, but falls prey to the machinations of his uncle Avdhesh (Saurabh Shukla). Paro, doesn’t allow her love for Dev to blind her, she places her pride above all else and in the process locks horns with her beloved in the political circuit. Meanwhile, Chandni (Aditi Rao Hydari), ‘the other’ woman is a fixer who does the dirty job for politicians and is inexplicably drawn to Dev.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 ” Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Rahul Bhat’s Film Gives Devdas A Vigorous Contemporary Spin”
NDTV
3.5 “A soap opera classic.”
Rediff
3.0 “Daas Dev has its high points but in totality the film doesn’t grip you.”
Timesofindia
3.0 “Watch the film if you want to see a different version of Devdas, as also for the sly digs that Sudhir Mishra takes at dynastic politics.”
Filmfare
3.0 “The film appears rather densely plotted, plus populated, rather than calmly subtle, tightly simple, or even disturbingly real.”
Mid-Day
Average Reviews
2.5 “While the film boasts of decent production values, overall it fails to engross you.”
Sify
2.5 “The Sudhir Mishra film has lofty ambition but not enough impact”
Indianexpress
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Sudhir Mishra’s film, which stars Rahul Bhat and Richa Chadha, has a compelling set-up but the narrative doesn’t give the characters time to develop”
Filmcompanion: Anupama Chopra
2.0 “Sudhir Mishra’s film is messy political revenge drama”
Indiatvnews
2.0 “The film is shot rather interestingly, and the content could have been a political souffle but it takes itself so seriously, you just watch the souffle sink into an unpalatable glutinous mess. “
Nowrunning
2.0 “This Film Is Strictly Restricted To A Few Sips!”
Filmibeat
2.0 “An engaging storyline marred by shoddy execution and poor acting”
Timesnownews
2.0 “Nothing more than a brave attempt”
Deccanchronicle
2.0 “A messy cocktail of emotions and power games.”
Hindustantimes
1.5 “Worst of Both Worlds”
Filmcompanion: Rahul Desai

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