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12 July 2002
Devdas Film Review
Romeo and Juliet/Devdas and Paro
His debut venture Khamoshi, didn't do too well at the box office even though it was an excellent movie, it was however, greatly appreciated by the critics. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam managed to do both.
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff
Producer: Bharat Shah
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Released: Friday 12th July 2002
Review by Shamaila Khan
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Devdas is the third film to come from Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and even before it's fate at the box office is decided, he's bowled me over by scoring a hat trick.

Devdas (Khan) and Paro (Rai) are childhood friends, separated, when Devdas is sent to boarding school in London. Their friendship develops into love on his return.

His family however, consider his relationship with Paro beneath him and he's forced to make the ultimate choice - it's her or them.

He chooses the latter, only to regret his decision when it's too late. This is when Devdas's spiral of self destruction begins landing him in the arms of charming Chandramuki (Dixit).

The courtesan falls in love with him at first sight and worships him just as intensely as Paro does.

Unfortunately for her, Devdas is as unobtainable to her, as Paro is to him, and spends most of his days whether with her or not, intoxicated.

The main theme in the movie - Love - is shown in it's most interesting forms, unrequited and forbidden. The film also delves deeper into the psyche of each character especially Devdas, making you understand why he's a spoilt rich kid, who acts before he thinks.

Devdas is a treat to watch, it completely justifies it's title as the most expensive Indian film ever made. The cinematography is breathtaking, the locations and sets exquisite, and vintage costumes and jewelry highly elegant.

There are many tender and touching scenes in the film but the picturisation to the 'Hamesha Tumko Chaha' song gives you a lump in your throat.

Aishwarya is dainty and delicate in her portrayal as Paro. She is entirely believable as a young woman who solely exists for her lover.

Madhuri is equally good and gives a sensitive and sympathetic performance as Chandramukhi. Both women dance like dreams, and make you feel like their roles have never been played before hence created just for them.

Shahrukh Khan is known for his passionate performances. He's willed us to 'fall in love' before and has won countless awards for his portrayals but even after considering films like 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham', it has to be said that Devdas is by far the best of his career.

Devdas has everything, it's a masterpiece. This isn't one of the best films I've seen this month, or even this year, it's one of the best films I've seen, ever.

Rating: 9.5/10

You've read our review but what do you think? Add your comment below.

From freba in gent belguim
i think you have written a very good and brilliant review of devdas i appretiate your writing bye

From Maha, Karachi
A very nice & expensive movie yet another masterpiece by Sanjay. The movie has too real performances & such a sad heart breaking story that comes over the mind of a sensitive viewer like me :) and leaves a deep headache with depression in the end. Overall if we see the story of Mr. Devdas, he was a complete loser! he just did whatever he wanted & paid for it, but what about the poor Paro who suffered all of her life & even after the death of Devdas' life...she got burried into a hell just because of that loser! i liked Shahrukh's acting, it was superb like as usual. But i severely hated the character he portrayed! He broke not only broke the heart of an innocent woman but also destroyed her life as well. Though in the end he also destroys himself but only because of his emotional decisions & being a family kid she had to suffered. i hope people will understand what i meant to say...only some people can feel the depth!

From sumith, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
it is the best film I ever seen.

From raja tariq, islamabad
yah! it was really a brilliant move. which was totally different from the other movies...!

From Anonymous
I agree the costumes, set up and all that stuff was really nice to look at. But the story line only seemed real when I watched the original devdas starring dilip kumar. This version of devdas was mainly materialistic, it mainly centred around settings and costumes and looking really good at all times- typical of todays bollywood i suppose.

From Khuram Javed, Manchester
In my opinion, "Devdas" captures the true splendour of Bollywood. It represents a rich, vibrant portrayal of an extraordinary culture. It is refreshing to observe a recent Bollywood movie that does not mimic past Hollywood classics. Movies such as "Lagaan" and "Devdas" portray the individality, effort, imagination, and beauty of Bollywood Cinema. In today's world Bollywood has finally achieved its well earned recognition and thus is no longer being looked down upon, but instead celebrated. We finally have actors who can equally match the cridentials of modern day Hollywood greats. An example would be the recent performances of Aamir Khan who is a versitile, passionate and professional actor.

From aj, canada
i liked watching devdas. it grereat visual spectaclar to watch. Ash is at her best! but Madhuri has doen better and so has SHAHRUKH KHAN.

From danny singh, edinburgh, scotland
I liked Devdas the first time i saw it and the 8th time i saw it. The story may be a bit thin (another love triangle) but the acting, script, costumes and above all the music was truely classic bollywood. If you have the chance watch it on DVD for extra pleasure.

From Muna, UAE-Dubai
I agree with your review it is absolutely 100% right )):-

From Snajeda Pritom, United States/N.Y
I think Devdas is an excellent movie. I rate it 10/10, and SRK was superb as always and so as the other actros, and your review on it is very clear and its good, too.

From Rucksana Begum, England/Newcastle
I think dedas is brilliant and your review on it is good.


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