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Dev.D is a modern-day love story. Dev,(Abhay Deol) Paro (Mahi Gill) And Chanda of Dev.D reflect the sensibilities, Conflicts, Aggression, Independence, Free Thought, Exuberance and Recklessness of the youth of today.
Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs.
About the Actor
Born on 15th March 1976 in Mumbai, India as Abhay Singh Deol, he can boast of Ajit Singh Deol, a director and producer, for his father; actor Dharmendra as his uncle and actors Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol and Esha Deol as cousins. He was active in theater while in school, which motivated him to pursue acting in movies. Painting, philosophy and journalism were his other interests. He completed his graduation from Mumbai University and traveled all the way to Los Angeles to fine tune his acting skills in a two year acting course. 2005 Imtiaz Alis Socha Na Tha was his first movie. He starred with Ayesha Takia as Viren Oberoi. The movie failed to perform well. 2006 He acted in Ahista Ahista with Soha Ali Khan but the movie repeated a similar performance as his first movie and failed while his performance was appreciated. 2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, a comedy about newly weds was very popular with the crowds. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local with Neha Dhupia and Manorama Six Feet Under both did not meet with the same success. 2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! saw him playing a thief Lucky Singh and got a thumbs up from the critics.See all Editorial Reviews
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The film is cast with no-names in the leading roles, something that surely made producers hesitant to fund the film, but what a great idea to actually go with talent over super-models (not that anyone is lacking in the looks dept., the actors are beautiful still, they can just now..you know, ACT). Abhay Deol in the lead is fantastic, the best Devdas incarnation yet, and honestly all the performances are so poignantly achieved and wonderful. In Dev D one can actually see and understand the decisions this flawed character makes and anyone who's been heartbroken will surely relate to one of the three main characters. There's no over-acting here, it's quite unbelievable that these performances came out of an Indian film; it makes it that much easier to get engaged in the story.
Dev. D was produced by independent studios, and understandably so. No major Bollywood studio today would fund a film with the raw content of this script which depicts real people and their actions. For some comparison, the 2002 blockbuster production of Devdas had a budget of almost $11 million compared to Dev D.'s budget of little over 1 million, yet the cinematography is lavishly gorgeous in Dev D. There's even some fantastic and innovative camera work used for some of the scenes where Dev is intoxicated. Yes, that's right, for innovation, the director actually tried changing up cameras and altering lighting to achieve effects to serve the story rather than dumping millions on a ridiculous dance scene, or flying out to stock a random mountain with dancing girls to pass off as "innovation." The film may not have the over-the-top sets and obscenely expensive saris on every female, but the film is shot on location showing the cities as they are and colors/lighting are used artistically to add to mood and compliment the music as well.
And the MUSIC! How about an Indian film that does not use the A.R. Rahmans and Anu Maliks and regular playback singers that have virtually monopolized Bollywood's film-music business. The film doesn't once contain a scene where everyone gets up and starts dancing, but songs are played in the background with sensitive lyrics that parallel the characters feelings. At the helm of the music is Amit Trivedi in his second film to score which contains wonderful songs, and he may very well provide the most variety of styles of tracks for a given soundtrack for an Indian film. Like Kashyap, Trivedi is making a blatant push against the conventional Bollywood standards by implementing his own unique voice and by bringing along some great, unknown talents to bring the songs to life.
I can almost not heap enough praise on this film. From an original story which I couldn't stand for its flagrant melodrama, Anurag Kashyap has artistically crafted a brilliant masterpiece which will undoubtedly only gain reverence and appreciation with age. I love this film, and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to watch a great piece of cinema, and especially to anyone who, like me, had been frustrated with the trash spewing out of Bollywood for years. Having grown up amidst 90's Bollywood (a dark ages for Bollywood in my opinion), Dev D. was a much welcomed breath of fresh air.
contemporary Indian cinema? The director has imbibed all he can of world cinema and then spat it right out - you can see thecolors and verve of Scorcese's Mean Streets (or are they the colors of Michael Powell and Godard?), Cammell's Performance, Wong kar Wai -- but on a purely visceral level, I'm reminded so much of Amores Perros. Whatever: Anurag Kashyap, is a great synthesizer and also an original, is the most exciting new filmmaker
to come to my attention in ages. This film deserves to be seen in art houses all over the world.