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10 years of Devdas: The best cinematic moments

Discussion in 'Devdas' started by phul, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. phul

    phul SRK my heart my soul

    10 years of Devdas: The best cinematic moments

    Jul 14, 2012 16:35pm

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    Has it been 10 years already? Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus relaunched an old story of unrequited love and gave Shah Rukh Khan the image of the lost romantic. A decade later, Devdas still remains one of the grandest films ever made.

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    Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Devdas' found its place in the '10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium' list compiled by the Time magazine.

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    A decade after it was released in seven languages, the grandeur of Devdas continues to enamour an audience in the West bred on expensive Broadway classics and technologically advanced science fictions.

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    It was Bhansali's ode to India's best known unrequited love story. It premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival and was India's official entry for the Oscars in 2003.

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    At that time it was India's most expensive film at Rs 50 crore.

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    The film, based on a 1901 novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay of the same name, is one of the most popular adaptations in the history of literature after Romeo and Juliet, with several regional versions.

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    At the time of its release, the film was critiqued by the Indian media as painting an affluent picture of India's zamindari system that bordered on the incredulous.

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    The film starred Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff, Smita Jaykar and Kirron Kher in the lead roles.

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    For the Western audiences, the wide staircases, balustrades, chandeliers and horse-drawn Phaetons were a window to a mysterious opulence of a country they associated with wild animals, honey-skinned women with kohl eyes and films that were mini musicals in themselves.

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    The reputation of Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai's fabled beauty preceded them in overseas screenings.
     
  2. phul

    phul SRK my heart my soul

    Part 2

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    "The piece is played with such commitment that the tritest plot twists seem worth believing - and dancing to, in nine nifty production numbers. But the fervid emotion is what makes the thing sing," the Time said of Devdas.

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    Devdas is a visual ravishment, with sumptuous sets, fabulous frocks and beautiful people to fill them; it has a grandeur the old Hollywood moguls would have loved, Time said of the film.

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    Ismail Darbar and Monty Sharma's music was the toast of the film fraternity. It remains one of Indian cinema's showcase films even though the acting bordered on screeching melodrama.

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    At the heart of it was an irresistible love story, not unlike that of Christian and Satine's in Moulin Rouge.

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    The film was released in six languages: English, French, German, Mandarin, Thai, and Punjabi.

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    The story revolves around the wastrel son of Sir Narayan Mukherjee, a zamindar in pre-independence Bengal, who sets the ball rolling when he returns home from a law school in England.

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    The dance numbers, the Bengali dialect and over-the-top melodrama were the high points of the film that combined a time-tested story with grandeur.

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    Madhuri Dixit played the role of nautch girl Chandramukhi.

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    Devdas was India's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2003.

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    Aishwarya Rai played Parvati Chakraborty, Devdas' childhood sweetheart and the cause for his downward spiral.

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