Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D is serious insult of Sarat Chandra Chatterji.
Sarat Chandra Chatterji would have suffered from heart attack if he had been alive and realized how many times his classic literature Devdas had been misused and made a mockery of. In the early 40s and 50s and twists and turns in the epic literature had haunted creative directors and producers in experimenting with the revolutionary character. That was the reason viewers had seen different versions of Devdas from Pramatesh Barua, K.L. Saigal to Dilip Kumar. Bimal Roy’s Devdas with Dilip Kumar was probably the best endeavour shown in respect of presenting the real story onscreen. In fact the image of tragedy king given to Dilip Kumar in Devdas created an unparallel stardom for the legendary actor which he carried with him for 60 years of his film career.
From the 90s, directors started making mockery of the title Devdas and turned Sarat Chandra Chatterji into a very light insignificant author. Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D has been probably the worst depiction of Devdas in the recent times. Abhay Deol had played the central character Devdas.
It was shown in the film that Abhay Deol, had been sent to London when he was 12 years old. He returned back and reflected on his relation with the childhood girlfriend Paro played by Mahi Gill. From the time he came to know about her marriage with another person he lost his composure.
Abhay Deol started taking drugs. Lenny (Kalki) who was a rich student got involved in a MMS Scandal. Her family left her and she also led an isolated life.
She came in close contact with Abhay Deol and represented her with the character Chanda. The depiction of Chanda had been the modernized depiction of the character Chandramukhi in Devdas.
The question that has come in the minds of cinematic audience all across India is that what wrong had Sarat Chandra Chatterji done to Anurag Kashyap. The character Devdas has been converted into a relief character these days.
The film neither has any strong story-telling or powerful camera work. Abhay Deol’s acting skills had hardly being used in the film. The audience will have a very tough time in the cinema halls in watching the film Dev D.