Anurag Kashyap’s Pure Creative Indulgence with Dev D

Dev D Movie Review
Dev D Movie Review

Dev D Cast and Crew:

Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane
Music: Amit Trivedi

Starring: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahi Gill


Dev D Movie Review

If there’s anything that anyone, film makers in particular, can learn from Dev D, it’s the fine art of film-making. Without so much as a line wasted, a second left ignored, or a moment loose, Anurag Kashyap (director) has achieved new heights of brilliance and with Dev D, elevated the level of the “desi hindi masala picchar” to a totally different and sophisticated platform. Originality simply shines through the film in a way which I last experienced after watching Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par. I am not comparing sex,drugs, booze and sleaze with a child with learning disabilities. No. These things are too trivial to be compared. It’s the creativity which is important and which we get to see so honestly and purely in Dev D. Pure genius, nothing short IMHO.

The theme of the movie is best described in the words of Sarat Chandra’s classic novel, Devdas. The story of the eternal lover who could not get her beloved and so drinks himself to death. Essentially, this is the theme of Dev D but with a lot of strings attached.

I guess most of you will have probably heard of the story, the plot, the subplots and the famously infamous track “Emosanal Attyachar”. The story is about Dev, a joint-rolling, vodka swinging, and Brit-educated chap from Punjab who falls for her childhood sweet heart Paro. As fate would have wanted any better, he does not marry her because she is a total “slut”. So he leaves her and goes to bed with her husband’s sister, then leaves her. Goes on an endless drinking spree in the sleaziest bars, pubs and brothels of Paharganj in New Delhi and eventually meets Chanda.

Chanda has her own story behind her which Kashyap cleverly moulds around the real life incident of the girl who got involved in the infamous DPS MMS scandal. She becomes an outcast and ends up as a prostitute. She meets Dev D and discovers a new life ahead of her. Love and Sex blossoms and eventually Dev D forgets his Paro.

What makes Dev D so good then? It’s the accurate picturisation, cinematography and right on the top – the music. Simply amazing. Every track servers two main purposes – to take the story forward and entertain the audience.

Language used in the dialogues – “Randi”, words such as “fuck” and “slut” that have become signatures on the tongues of almost all kids and teenagers today are used unabashedly and with good reason.


Dev D by far is perhaps one of the most well thought movies in recent times. Its creative, the songs are appropriate and catchy, cinematography is par excellence and Abhay Deol’s acting skills take on a new level altogether. Kudos to Anurag for another introspective journey, this time on what love means in our generation.

Recommended for:

Everyone. Just don’t watch it you parents to save the embarrasment. Our’s is still is a conservative and pseudo-western society – all muddled up in what is correct and what is not correct.

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  1. anurag says

    i don't know why but i love reading all reviews affable with dev d i can collate from wherever on the net and ending up those some special captures from the movie;all re-collected, would start lingering with a blossoming up of a perpetual proud for anurag kashyap.

    realism already jumped in to the country with this director going forward to some new concepts of film-making,and till gulaal he has created his own genre i can't define but once acquainted with,it seems immortal .

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