Starring: Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Kalki Koechlin,
Parakh Madan, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Asim Sharma
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Dev D is a modern-day interpretation of the classic
novel "Devdas" by Sarat Chandra. Dev, Paro and Chanda of
Dev D reflect the sensibilities, conflicts, aggression,
independence, free thought, exuberance and recklessness
of the youth of today. A generation that is jammed
between eastern roots and western sensibilities.
Director Aunrag Kashyap has shown the lead character
Devdas as a spoilt, obsessive, addictive and a
hypocritical sensualist, who is self destructive without
knowing he is destroying himself.
tormented by Paro’s wedding, seeks alcohol and drugs and
comes in touch with Chunni (Dibyendu Bhattacharya), a
pimp and a parasite. Chunni operates in the dark and
dingy underbelly of Delhi, with a modus operandi of
catching the rich and the distressed and exploiting
their vulnerability by pushing drugs and pimping skin. A
designer watch from a customer, a phone from another, he
is always on the hunt for the next big kill. Chunni
finds a tailor-made catch in the rich and heart-broken
Dev. He supplies Dev with drugs and unleashes his
biggest and most expensive addiction - Chanda.
Devendra Singh Dhillon (Dev.D) - Abhay Deol
Parminder (Paro) - Mahi Gill
Lene`/Chanda - Kalki Koechlin
Rasika - Parakh Madan
Chunni - Dibyendu Bhattacharya
Bhuvan – Asim Sharma
Dev D is set in the rustic and colourful Punjab and also
explores the dingy, morbid, dark underbelly of Delhi.
From sprawling mustard fields to a riot of neon. It is
written and directed by Anurag Kashyap and produced by
Son of a rich Punjabi
Businessman, Dev (Abhay Deol) and Paro (Mahi Gill) are
childhood sweethearts. But Dev, being an insecure arrogant
youth, rather than acknowledging Paro’s affection and
care, he nudges her over frivolous things.
Dev is sent to London for higher studies when his father
senses how spoilt his son is. Instead during the
separation bewteen Paro and Dev love blossoms even more.
Dev rushes to Chandigarh to meet Paro. Here, their attempt
to make love intensifies during some comic moments.
The seeds of suspicion are sown here, despite the
indestructible faith in Paro’s love for Dev. That faith is
shattered in a major turn-of-events and she is resigned to
marry an older man with children. Paro picks up the
threads of her life and moves on with a lot of grit and
dignity and she hopes Dev can do the same.
On Paro’s wedding day, Dev realizes that his suspicion was
false. But his ego doesn't let him accept his mistake, and
he lets her marry someone else. But more than separation
it’s the thought of Paro making love to somebody else
that’s the cause of agony for him.
Chanda / Leni (Kalki Koechlin)
who likes to live on the edge. Leni is a rich student with
hyperactive hormones and a penchant for adventure. After a
devastating MMS scandal she's abandoned by her family and
is forced into isolation. As a runaway she finds shelter
with Chunni a pimp. With great determination and inner
strength she adopts an alter ego - Chanda. As Chanda she
gets to be a high profile escort by night while Leni
remains a college student by day. With coke in her head
and money at her disposal, Leni/Chanda lives life on her
own terms... no holds barred.
In the end he realizes that he was wrong and that maybe he
never really loved Paro. He goes back to Chanda and lives
with her thereafter.
A path breaking film, challenging the concept of
contemporary Bollywood. Dark almost in the second half, it
has “out of this world” special photographic effects.
- Aniz Filmvala
Credits & Crew:
Produced by UTV Spotboy, Bindaas
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Based on the novel Devdas by Saratchandra Chatterjee
Concept - Abhay Deol
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Writers - Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane
Associate Producer - Vikas Bahal
Original Music - Amit Trivedi
Cinematography - Rajeev Ravi
Film Editing - Aarti Bajaj
Casting - Gautam Kishanchandani
Assistant Directors - Vasan Bala, Anubhuti Kashyap, Anand
Vijayraj Singh Tomar
Special Photographic Effects - Gagan Gopal, Rajiv Joseph