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From Dev babu to Dev D

Chronicling heartbreak has been Bollywood's favourite preoccupation. Much of this influence can be attributed to Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1917 classic, Devdas.

A name resonating in melancholy and disappointment, Devdas is a tragic story of unrequited romance, profound heartbreak and self-destruction.

What makes it so timeless and haunting through the years is the unfulfilment of its three key characters -- Devdas, Paro and Chandramukhi.

Understandably, adapting these unique lives on screen has attracted a fair share of filmmakers, language no bar. Be it P C Barua (1935), Bimal Roy (1955), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (2002) or more recently, Anurag Kashyap.

While the black and white adaptations adhered to the simplicity of the original narrative, occasionally accentuating it with symbolism and lighting and Bhansali's extensively extravagant presentation deviated from the plot in a bid to exaggerate the drama, the soon-to-release Dev D is a contemporary, stoner, Delhi-themed (and not West Bengal like the earlier ones) interpretation of the same.

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Text: Sukanya Verma

Also See: Dev D: The music is different for sure


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