How could such perfect people have such imperfect lives? He was very very good in the drunk bits, very good in the anguished bits. We don't have that anymore. A derivative work is mostly created in deference to the original. The movie continuously keeps on drooping till it ends. Devdas is the worst Indian movie I have ever seen. They grew up sharing an exceptional relationship, in which they existed just to each other.
She marries in a Maharashtran style with 'paan patte'! Coming to the specifics, The dresses, the dances and the backdrops, everything was incorrect. So, I have no comparisons to draw, no plot line differences to talk about. There was nothing at all that was nice about the new version of Devdas. He impresses in the drunk scenes. Verdict Starts big, gets a whole lot bigger then gets twice as big after that, this is Bollywood at its most flamboyant.
Later part of the first half shows how circumstances result in the separation of these 2 lovers. However, in the new Devdas, Paro is dressed with as many jewels as her body can hold; as though the camera would have hated her without them. Their love is physical- that's obvious. It was just okay for me. Shah Rukh breathes life into his country and has given a very moving performance as the heart broken and alcholic Devdas. This is where the production values of Devdas destroyed the essence the story- for some reason, perhaps because he had a budget that was unprecedented in Indian cinema, director Bhansali decided to go opulent in every facet of the the production. There should be a story that can be related to, that can be called real and believable.
And the people complaining that there was no chemistry between them should re-think. And Chandramukhi was no less. Shahrukh in no respect even came an inch close to Dilip Kumar's acting. Bollywood has a great style when it comes to romance but Devdas is a disaster! We just linked the file or embed from Youtube then display them here to make visitor easy to find it. From the perspective of someone who hasn't been exposed to precedents of the performers, these criticisms are meaningless. Perhaps some of you are asking how I can state that Bengal was not like what when and that everything is anachronistic but I am Oriya and I come from a village.
Early Hollywood epics had 'spectacle', but all on a grand scale - vast buildings, arenas, crowds. And much later, when he reached out to her, it was too late as she was far too humiliated. A few incidents in the film are not mentioned in the book should such incidents be allowed to be included in the film. Jackie Sheroff hams and is passable. Binod Pradhan's cinematography will no doubt get showers of praise, but he fails to do much more than make things look pretty. Aish - was a bit wooden at times, but not always. Madhuri - what can one say about this truly great icon? It's spaces are small and internalized, almost claustrophobic.
But there's also humour, style and a conclusion that's plenty teary. It fails to build empathy for the characters, and for us to understand Devdas. Camera work compliments the film a lot capturing the best shoots. Madhuri does as much as she can with her role playing the only character with any sort of multidimensionality and true feeling in the movie. There was no real need for the the two to meet, but this was Mr, Bhansali's directorial license. What he's given us is a high gloss finish on a rough and tormented subject- a very ill fit indeed. If I had been the casting manager for the new Devdas and had all the actors who acted as the possible final choices, I would have considered the project 'dead'.
If you do not compare with what did or did not come before, this was an intense emotional experience, anchored by great performances from Shahrukh, Madhuri and yes, even Aish. There was no emotion, no tacit feelings and no story Bhansali moved so far from the original and the director just let the glamour dominate the film. Some of the song and dance sequences are fine stand-alone pieces, but they fail to find their proper place in Devdas. If you really want to know what a tragedy is ,then Devdas is best the example!! It is truly amazing and a real pleasure to just even observe these three elements. Before that, let me address another misplaced notion. Sanjay Leela Bhansali creates a visual master piece. Devdas is not a story that deserves opulence- it is a dark, personal tale.
Characters seem to choose madness and make life a deliberate disaster for themselves for the heck of it. Some of his early work was respectable, but when you play the same character 100 times and show no aspiration as a true actor, you loose respect from my end. Alcoholism is indeed escapism, but in the worst possible way. Can a film maker make such substatial changes in the plot of film. This movie is enough to make Sarat Chandra Chatterjee turn in his grave. But it's the palace and the costumes that make this movie even weirder. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali dooms this film by putting the pieces together to a movie that has nothing aside from its aesthetics.