Anurag Kashyap and Dev D

I saw the Anurag Kashyap interview on Zoom the other day. Most of the time, he was talking about things that are known to those who read his blog. Kabir Bedi was the one doing the interviewing and he kept talking about ‘controversial’ director Anurag Kashyap, as if controversies are his only claim to fame (agreed, it is one of them).

One of the most interesting moments of the interview came when Bedi asked Kashyap about the remake of Devdas that he is working on. I am not making a remake of any previous film, but my movie – Dev D – is a modern day retelling of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s story, K said. In fact, Devdas is a vahiyaat (nonsense) story and not one of Chattopadhyay’s best works, he continued. On hearing the word vahiyaat, Bedi went acchha? (really?). Nice reaction there.

K believes that we Indians love to wallow in misery too much and celebrate self pity (have to agree with that). So, in Dev D, Devdas will no longer be celebrated, and Paaro and Chandramukhi, the two strong-willed women, will be the be the ones who will walk away with the appreciation, while poor Dev D will bite dust, as always. But this time round, no one will even care (in the movie that is).

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  • Rasik  On November 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    DevD Chattopdhyay’s best??!!!…recently i read in Mumbai Mirror that AK has called it his worst

  • Aristotle The Geek  On November 21, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I can’t comment on it; I have neither read his works nor seen any of the earlier Devdas-es, except for a few scenes here and there. Its a matter of opinion, and AK has his own.

  • Sourav Roy  On June 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    The story of Devdas is a ready-made platform for endless psycho-analysis and study of contemporary social framework. The original tale relied on the notions of platonic love whereas Dev D is about physical love. It relies on on-face shock value! Devdas is a coward who is defeated by the social prejudices and carries the guilt throughout his life. He drinks in order to forget his cowardice. Dev D and all the other characters of Kashyap’s tale aren’t influenced by the social norms. Both stories thereby reflecting their specific era.

    The character sketching is unique. Dev is played to near perfection by Abhay Deol, whose performance is quiet and confident. Paro (Mahie Gill) is no more the sacrificial damsel who lives physically and mentally with different men. Kashyap also maintains the audience’s distance from the characters using the brilliance in script and smooth editing. He never allows us to sympathize with the characters, thereby shifting the focus from one to the other- a rare work of imagery, indeed!

    I strongly feel Kashyap could have gone with a better actress for Chanda (Kalki Koechlin). Chanda’s part was not exploited well. The psychological impact of the whole mms incident on her which leads to the suicide of her father never showed up. It was a perfect opportunity to tell the world about the feelings of a girl, and all the hardships she goes through because of one mms!


    • Aristotle The Geek  On June 10, 2010 at 1:09 am

      There are a couple of scenes where the Chanda character is seen reading Moravia. I haven’t read him. Wonder if it signifies something.

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