this movie is like a wake up call to the filmy families(read Yashraj Films) and the camp system (read Dharma Productions) of the HIndi film industry. Anurag Kashyap takes the age old story by Saratchandra Chatterjee and turns it on its head. WOW what a turn around. Thankfully, this movie is in no way a romantic tear jerker. In fact there just is no place for normal filmy scenes here. Realistic to the core, the scenes in DevD r so different from a regular Bollywood fare, u will get totally sucked in the narrative only to be let loose in the half an hour after interval. But as the grip tightens again, it only lets u go in the end. But beware, this is not for the fainthearted and K-serial watchers. This film is bold with a capital B. The women talk without any inhibitions, like in real life. But so much unlike the regular Hindi films.
Direction by Anurag is A-grade. He's here to tell a simple story (unlike No Smoking) and he tells it with elan. while writing the script, this man just gets into the mind and psyche of each character. All his characters are different from their counterparts in the earlier versions of Devdas as chalk and cheese. No filmygiri and melodrama yaar, cut to cut dialogues between the characters. The shots taken on streets, in trains and buses r so real that u imagine that r the ppl walking and standing behind some junior artists or real people. The "camera tripping away" technique taught to him by Danny Boyle is just so effective. Good to see such techniques, which we have been witnessing only in English movies. The good dose of humour is just the apt tadka that this recipe required. And u laugh out loud several times.
Abhay gets into the skin of the character, but just so deep that u can't imagine any other actor playing the title role.
Mahi Gill is an effortlessly natural actress. Kalki is good too.
A special mention of the Patna ke Presleys in the Emotional Attyachar song. Yaar the short fellow with curly hair was so much into the character. Just couldn't take my eyes off him. Also when, in the Pardesi song, the three men dance in tandem, its a visual treat. Brilliant.
All in all, a brilliant movie, if u like such kind of cinema. But don't go to watch the movie with any expectations and with an open mind. U won't be dissapointed.
I laughed out very loud in two scenes : When little Dev calls his father as Sattu and the ensuing scene.
And when(this was really hilarious) the old lady pakaos him in bus, Dev eats her ticket and gets her caught by the Ticket Checker.