This Indian movie, Devdas by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is based on the story by the legendary Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. This story was filmed earlier and this was the third time. But it is mentionable that this is the first coloured version of the story. The Indian movie, Devdas contains many selling products as it has a terrific star cast with Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, and above all Shahrukh khan whose role as a rebellious alcoholic is often considered as one of his best performances. One song `Dola re Dola` acknowledged noteworthy airplay on MTV Asia. This was a much hyped, magnanimous film, which took two and half years to be ready for the audience. The set was awesome and everything was perfect to make it a huge hit.
Synopsis of `Devdas`
The Indian Movie, `Devdas` is a big budget movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The first scene of the Indian movie, Devdas gives the whole idea of the storyline. Sir Narayan Mukherjee played by Vijay Crishna is a zamindar. His wife Kaushalya played by Smita Jaykar is a housewife. They have heard that their son, Devdas played by Shahrukh Khan, is coming home from a law school in England to their mansion in Tal Sonapur.
On the day of his homecoming, his mother Kaushalya tells each and everyone in the house to close her eyes and not to open till she sees her son. She wants to see him first. But she fails to fulfill her wish as her son first goes to see Parvati `Paro` played by Aishwariya Rai. Paro is his love who was separated from him in his childhood by his father`s decision. This incident inflames Kaushalya`s dislike for Paro. When Devdas, Paro`s Devda, went to England she lit a oil lamp for him and was waiting for him with whole of her heart. It is understood by everyone, including Paro`s mother Sumitra (this character was powerfully played by Kirron Kher) that Devdas and Paro will be together soon. It is as cear as water that they are in deep love.
But because of some antagonists this never happens. Devdas`s revengeful sister-in-law named Kumud is one of the anti party. She gives the cue to reminds Kaushalya of Paro`s maternal lineage. This consists of some dancers. This fact prohibits Kaushalya to agree upon the decision of Devdas and Paro`s marriage and she also humiliates Paro`s mother in front of public. In revenge, Sumitra promises that she will arrange a better marriage for Paro. When Devdas had a fight with his family members he leaves the house writing a letter to Paro stating that he is sorry and this relation cannot sustain. He goes to a brothel and meets a reputed dancer Chandramukhi played by Madhuri Dixit who eventually falls in deep love with Devdas. It is soon arranged that Paro will marry Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry, who is a forty-year-old widowed with three adult children.
After some days Devdas realises his mistake and comes back to Paro but that was her marriage day. Devdas tries a lot to convince Paro to run off with him. But here comes the character of an Indian woman. She reminds Devdas about his rejection as well as her mother`s appeal to get married with Bhuvan Chaudhry. Devdas sees his love going to other person and with a broken heart he returns to Chandramukhi and tries to forget everything with the help of alcoholic addiction. Subsequently his father dies and when Devdas and Paro again meet at their hometown Paro tries to stop his addiction but fails. Though Devdas promised her that he will come to Paro`s Place at his last time to get her care.
After some time at the time of Festival Paro invite Chandramukhi and they dance together. In that gathering Bhuvan`s son-in-law reveals the truth of Chandramukhi in front of everyone. He also confirms about Paro`s relation with Devdas. After hearing all these Bhuvan Chaudhury panishes Paro and does not allow him to step out of their house. Meanwhile, Devdas was shattered. He decides to move from his place and travel some places. He takes Dharamdas, who is a trusted servant and starts his tour. In the train he meets an old friend Chunnibabu played by Jackie Shroff. Chunnibabu offers him a glass of wine without knowing about his disease. Knowing the fact that even a drop of alcohol is injurious to his health Devdas takes the whole glass of wine and becomes very sick.
Devdas was dying. He remembers his words to return back to Paro so he gives a last try and reaches to Paro`s house. When he was lying in front of her gate Paro gets a sense and runs to meet him, but the irony is Bhuvan Chaudhry restricts her from coming out of the gate. She cannot see Devdas and he dies. Whereas at the same time the lamp lit by Paro also flickers out. This is a tragic love story by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay which still matches with the love stories of the present days.
Cast and Crew:
The cast and crew of this Indian movie, Devdas is tremendously popular as the lead roles are played by Shahrukh Khan and Aishraya Rai while Madhuri Dixit played a very important role of Chandramukji. Other important characters are played by Kirron Kher, Smita Jaykar, Milind Gunaji. Jackie Shroff and Dina Pathak. The director of the movie is Sanjay leela Bhansali, he has also done the screenplay part. The music director is Ismail Darbar while cinematography is done by Binod Pradhan.
The Indian movie, Devdas got a huge numbers of awards in different fields. It got India`s entry for Hollywood`s Oscar in 2003. Devdas got 10 awards in 2002 filmfatre including best movie, actor actress, director, cinematographer, etc. In Star Screen the film got three awards including Jodi no. 1 2002. Devdas also bagged 6 IIFA awards in the year 2002.