Okay, the title is pretty oxymoronish, but that’s what DevD is all about! Except for the remote references by way of names and the somewhat suggestive plot – i don’t see any reason to compare DevD with all those umpteen versions of Devdas.
So, what’s DevD all about. It’s about intense feelings, deprived securities during growing up years, about helplessness, anger, disgust and want of comfort & love. The story is dark, mind in void, psychedelic & indulgent. It’s what people do when they cannot emote anymore – go numb, wander helplessly, try and reach out to their comfort zone, retract, get into a shell and look for reasons to escape from realities.
It’s for me a near perfect piece of art – movie making at its best! The story could not have been more real, the characters could not have done more justice to their roles, the music couldn’t have been better, the colors were perfect, the cinematography was just enough to set the mood – i can go on and on!
A movie that begins with the lush fields and blue skies in Punjab traverses through time to fit itself amidst surreal ambiance within four walls – brash colors yet claustrophobic. A direct parallel to Dev’s psyche.
There is everything i love about this movie, the bitch @ bombaybitch said Luck By Chance was her back2back movie. I’d say, babe – you must watch Dev D – this one is my back2back movie for many years to come!
However, the one thing i love above all in this flick (i think its blasphemous to cal it a flick) Dev D (i can see it become a cult!) is that its Real from start to finish. Every character is real, events are real, emotions – real. “Dilli mein billi le lo, maar lo, paalo mat” – the matter of fact moments in the film is what kept my interest.
All through Dev D i hated him, cried for him, cried with him, felt sorry for him, laughed at him and at the end related with him and his emotions – coz that’s what life’s all about, some of us accept it and move on, some of us get stuck and take longer to move on…
Abhay Deol is a rock star! He has surpassed his own expectations again. Kalki Koechlin is amazing for a debutant. I am all praise of Anurag Kashyap as a director and writer, am glad that i got more than my money on Dev D!
This one for me is 10 / 10. All thumbs up!