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Dev D (2009)

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Dev D (2009) is a 2009 Hindi-language romance film released on 6 February 2009. Written and directed by Anurag Kashyap, the film is a modern day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic Bengali novel Devdas., previously adapted for the screen by such revered filmmakers as P.C. Barua and Bimal Roy and more recently by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Dev D was embraced by the media, critics and public alike, and is considered to be amongst path breaking films in Hindi for the way it presented itself.

Plot

Dev (Abhay Deol) is the son of a rich Punjabi Businessman. He and Paro (Mahi Gill) are childhood sweethearts. But Dev, being an insecure narcissist, instead of acknowledging her affection and care, nudges Paro over frivolous things.

The movie is based in the contemporary Punjab and Delhi, where familial ties are negotiated by the traditions of patriarchy and marriages are reduced to a game of power and “honour“.

Dev is sent to London for higher studies when his father senses how spoilt his son is. But while separated by distance, Paro and Dev’s youthful love only blossoms more. Dev arrives in Chandigarh to meet Paro. Their endeavor to make love makes for some dark comic moments. The seeds of suspicion are sown here, which the couple will never be able to weed out for a lifetime. When Dev hears rumours about Paro, he immediately believes them and ditches Paro. What makes them fall apart is mutual suspicion and an essentially male vision of how a woman should conduct herself sexually. Paro turns her back on him when she hears him insult her, and agrees to marry whoever her parents choose. On her wedding day, he realizes that the rumors were false. But his ego doesn’t let him accept his mistake, and he lets her marry someone else.

Enter Chanda. This part has references to the notorious Delhi school sex MMS scandal. Her father commits suicide as he feels humiliated by his daughter’s reputation. She is disowned by her family. The movie portrays how she transforms herself from an innocent traumatized schoolgirl into a prostitute. While Chanda isn’t a career prostitute, she is no different either. Instead of performing Mujras, she enacts scenes from popular American pornographic series. The only thing, that makes her different is the fact that she hasn’t given up on her studies for the profession and has also kept the exit gate open.

Dev, tormented by Paro’s wedding, seeks refuge in alcohol and drugs. His escape to Delhi from Chandigarh, is as much a pursuit of his lost love, as much it is an attempt to run away from his father. Months later, Dev calls Paro’s husband in the middle of the night, after which Paro visits him. While Paro has grown to accept her fate, her heart still beats for her childhood love. Her love transforms into immense care. On the other hand, Dev demands much more than love – exclusivity over her body – and that’s where he runs out of luck. More than separation it’s the thought of Paro making love to somebody else that’s the cause of agony for him. She makes fun of his sexual power when she says that she does not need to be on top with her husband

Ironically, his life always orbits around women. He is forced to cause self-destruction by one and rescued by another. In the end he realises that he was wrong and that maybe he never really loved Paro. He goes back to Chanda, who takes care of him thereafter.

Cast

Abhay Deol as Dev
Mahie Gill as Paro
Kalki Koechlin as Leni
Parakh Madan as Rasika
Kuldeep Singh as Paro’s father
Gurkirtan as Dev’s father
Sanjay Kumar as Leni’s father
Aseem Sharma as Bhuvan
Satwant Kaur as Dev’s mother
Shena Gamat as Owner of Hotel Welcome
Helen Jones as Leni’s mom
Binu Dhillon as Dwij Dhillon
Nowaz as Patna Ke Presley
Nitin U. Chainpuri as Patna Ke Presley
Dibyendu Bhattacharya as Chunni
Aekansh Vats as Junior Dev
Sasha Shetty as Junior Paro
Anil Chopra as Junior Dwij

Sound Tracks

“Mahi Mennu Nahi Karna”
Written by Shellee
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Labh Janjua
Music Label T-Series

“Emosanal Attyachaar – Brass Band Version”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Rangeela, Rasila
Music Label T-Series

“Duniya Ye Duniya Badi Gol”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Amit Trivedi
Music Label T-Series

“Aankh Micholi Khel Zindagi”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Amit Trivedi
Music Label T-Series

“Yahi Meri Zindagi Yahi”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Aditi Singh Sharma
Music Label T-Series

“Pardesi O Pardesi Mitthasa”
Written by Shellee
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Tochi
Music Label T-Series

“Nayan Tarse Na Mile”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Amit Trivedi
Music Label T-Series

“Paayaliya Chhan Chhan Shor”
Written by Shruthi Pathak
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Shruthi Pathak
Music Label T-Series

“Saali Khushi Kaha Chali”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Amit Trivedi
Music Label T-Series

“Dhol Yaara Dhol”
Written by Shellee
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Shilpa Rao, Kshitij
Music Label T-Series

“Ek Hulchul Si Mohra”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Joi Barua
Music Label T-Series

“Hikknaal Lage Jind Teri”
Written by Shellee
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Labh Janjua
Music Label T-Series

“Dil Mein Jaagi Armaye”
Written by A. Mani Vannan
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by A. Mani Vannan
Music Label T-Series

“Emosanal Attyachaar – Rock Version”
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Bonnie Chakraborty
Music Label T-Series

“Ranjhana”
Written by Shellee
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Shilpa Rao, Kshitij
Music Label T-Series

“Mahi Mennu Nahi Karna (Sad)”
Written by Shellee
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Labh Janjua
Music Label T-Series

“Dev Chanda – Theme I”
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Music Label T-Series

“Dev Chanda – Theme II”
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 07 January 2011

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