I think Dev D is possibly one of the most engaging films I’ve seen this year. For one thing, it shows you that the whole idea of Devdas is just a skeleton. You can fatten it up any way you like. But this film had me near tears a few times, and dazzled at the same time.
The thing is, that awful Shah Rukh Khan Devdas film focused on a kind of material decadence. But this one, goes into the deliberate decadence that we indulge in.
The music was brilliant. I can’t stop listening to some of the tracks. But this one track makes my heart jump and hug that girl – Chanda.
The way she hikes up her skirt when leaving for school. (and yes, my entire friend-circle did that.) Bunking school. (sorry Mom and Dad). That lovely dreamy existence quickly destroyed by a few bastards.
The wonderful part is that the film doesn’t actually moralize. So there’s no easy way out. All you can do is like the poor kid and hope everything’s okay for her. Which is pretty much what you can do in real life.