A Cinematic Atyachaar……
World Cinema has inspired so many film makers like Satyajit Ray, Shayam Benegal, Mehboob Khan, Guru Dutt,etc. These film makers got inspired by the world cinema and made films with their own style and keeping in mind the roots and culture of our country. They use to blend the inspired ideas and reality together keeping in mind the audience which is Hindi movie viewers and not world cinema viewers.
Anurag Kashyap is a highly brilliant director who gave us wrote great films and also gave us fantastic film like Black Friday and Technically superb No Smoking. Now he gives us “Dev.D” his take on sharat Chandra’s novel by the name of Devdas. But along with his style of direction and heavy influence of World Cinema has he even kept the Hindi Movie audience in mind? Let’s find out.
“Dev.D” is story of Dev [Abhay Deol] a spoilt rich kid studying in London. He has his childhood sweetheart Paro [Mahi Gill] back in his hometown Chandigarh. They both love each other and cannot stay without each other. Dev comes back to his home town and wants to desperately make love to Paro. In meanwhile someone tell Dev that Paro had already slept with that guy. Paro on other hand is trying to arrange venue for her and Dev’s love nest. All this makes Dev suspicious and thus decides to break off with Paro by insulting and abusing her. Frustrated Paro accepts a marriage offer and leaves Dev. After some point of time Dev starts missing Paro and thus moves more towards Alcoholism. He leaves his home town and moves to Delhi and stays in cheap hotel and has only one thing to do, which is Drink, Drink and Drink. He meets a Pimp who takes him to Chanda [Kalki], an Anglo Indian girl having a MMS scandal in her past which leads her to Prostitution. Dev tries to find Paro in Chanda but does not get her, thus goes more and more in Alcoholism. Chanda on other side falls in love with Dev. Thus starts the Triangle of love story.
Story is almost same as the Novel, but the backdrop has changed to the modern times. Also instead of Love in the original story, here the focus is mainly on Sex. Screenplay is good at some times but highly repetitive many times. After first hour the film slows down and in second half all you see is the hero getting drunk and looses his consciousness. There is hardly any movement in the script and screenplay in the second half. The best thing in Second half is a scene between Paro and Dev, when Paro comes to Dev’s Hotel. If only this movie has some more scenes’s like this it would had added in favor of the movie. All anurag kashyap fans would have got satisfied, where as out here they would hardly believe that this is his film. Camera Work is great and of top notch. But not all in comparison to the makers earlier works. We should not blame the cinematographer as there is hardly anything new happening in the second half. All we see is majorly same type of scenes. If you get a call and go out of auditorium and come back after 5 -10 minutes you will feel the same scene going on. This film needs a heavy editing and if around 25-30 minutes of those repetitive shots are removed, the end result would have really been some thing better.