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Devdas Movie here are 5 interesting facts about the movie

  1. The  only Indian  film, Devdas,  to be selected by Time  magazine  as one of the top 10 films  of 2002 from  around  the world.  Said Sanjay Bhansali, “It fills me with  immense pride and amazing memories of  the times when we made the film against all odds, and took it Cannes. Devdas was  selected  in the non-competition section of the Cannes Film Festival .It was not easy making the movie. I suffered a  lot.When the film was invited to Cannes it felt like my two-and-half years of penance has paid off. It  was God’s way of telling me, ‘You’ve suffered enough. Now it’s time for  the  happiness to begin.’ I had to move at twice my original speed to get the film ready in time for Cannes. We were caught completely by surprise. We had sent them an almost-finished film on BETA video. But there was no time for fine tuning.   Film was meant to be seen on  the large screen. That the Cannes jury appreciated it on the small screen is a miracle. When the e-mail arrived from Cannes it was a very important moment in my life. I felt happy from deep down in my being. For the first time  in two-and-a-half-years I was excited about something  other than making  the film.
  2. When film opened  on July 12, 2002  it got some scathing  reviews in  India.  That really hurt  Bhansali.  “I was criticised for making this movie so ostentatious. But stark and realistic cinema isn’t the only real cinema in this countryfilm  isn’t a real film. It isn’t in the same genre as Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, where the camera’s presence is so understated it almost disappears. You feel you are at a real wedding. I’m glad the spectrum of Indian cinema now stretches all the way from Mira Nair to Satyajit Ray. He had his way. I have mine. My Devdas was a tribute to all the mainstream masters, from Mehboob Khan, K Asif and V Shantaram to Raj Kapoor. I am not saying critics shouldn’t have criticised my film. But they should have judged the film within the genre and format that I had chosen.Bimal Roy’s Devdas wasn’t the only way of filming the Sarat Chandra story. My way is also a way. Another director can make the same story in another way.”
  3. Bhansali had  studied  the original  novel by  Saratchandra Chatterjee  closely.  “I read the full Saratchandra novel in Hindi thrice. Even before that I read a 40-page English translation and I was completely  hooked. I made all my notes and underlined all the key passages in the English  translation. My version of film began to crystallize in my mind at that point of time.I wanted to make a film that celebrated grandeur and grace. Gandhiji was a very frail man. But when he walked on the road everyone  turned around to look at him. Why does everyone stand up the minute Lataji enters a room?  It’s her aura which commands respect.  It’s what ‘s inherent in her that makes people worship her. Likewise the qualities in Sarat Babu’s novel are timeless.”
  4. There were  a lot of  eyebrows raised when  SLB chose Shah Rukh Khan to  play Devdas. But  Bhansali was adamant.  “The challenge of having Shah Rukh express implosive rage was what got me . If I let Devdas behave like Shah Rukh he’d  be  a  lot more mobile on screen.  Unlike the Shah Rukh Khan in DarrBaazigar , Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge  there’s an amazing childlike vulnerability and honesty in Shah Rukh of Devdas . When my Devdas looks at his mother he looks as a child not a  man. To me Devdas is as honest a child in his emotions. Unlike the character in the novel he never disguises his emotions . He doesn’t calculate his emotional expressions. He’s uncorrupted. That’s the most endearing part of his personality. He’ll always be the archetypal lover  because he’s innocent . And we crave that innocence in our life.
  5. Speaking of his  role in Devdas  to me  Shah  Rukh Khan had said,  “Devdas is that traveller who wants everything and nothing. He’s a winner and loser. It’s very strange.  When I  read the book Paro calls Devdas “Da” which means brother. So he’s a lover and brother at the same time. How did this happen? It can only happen with Devdas. I don’t know how I did it. It just happened. A lot of people are comparing our film to the novel. According to me very few people have the right to read the  novel. You can’t read Devdas with pre-conceptions  and expectations. Each time I read Devdas I  find a different mood in it.”
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About Devdas Movie

RUNNING TIME
185 mins
BUDGET
$12,500,000
RELEASE DATE
2002-07-11
Director

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Writers

Prakash R. Kapadia, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Saratchandra Chatterjee

Cast

Shah Rukh Khan,Madhuri Dixit,Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Plot

Devdas is sent away by his father so he can improve himself but upon his return his father still doesn’t welcome him back. Devdas and Paro are in love but Paro is a lower caste and is set to be married to an older widower. Devdas is devastated & leaves home. He becomes an alcoholic womanizer and falls in love with a courtesan. Paro tries to get Devdas away from drinking before he self destructs

 

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