10 years of Devdas: The best cinematic moments Jul 14, 2012 16:35pm 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. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Devdas' found its place in the '10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium' list compiled by the Time magazine. 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. 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. At that time it was India's most expensive film at Rs 50 crore. 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. 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. The film starred Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff, Smita Jaykar and Kirron Kher in the lead roles. 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. The reputation of Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai's fabled beauty preceded them in overseas screenings.