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Devdas

US DVD box cover
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by Bharat Shah
Written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Prakash Kapadia
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Madhuri Dixit
Aishwariya Rai
Jackie Shroff
Kirron Kher
Music by Ismail Darbar
Monty Sharma
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Editing by Bela Segal
Distributed by Mega Bollywood
Release date(s) 12 July 2002
Running time 183 minutes
Country  India
Language Hindi
Bengali
Budget Rs 500,000,000
$12.7 Million (approximately)

Devdas (Hindi: देवदास) is a 2002 Hindi film based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. This is the third Bollywood (Hindi) version and the first colour film version of the story in Hindi. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai in the leading roles.

At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores.[1] The film was released in six alternative language versions: English, French, German, Mandarin, Thai, and Punjabi.

Shahrukh Khan's performance as the rebellious alcoholic Devdas is often considered one of his best performances, and won him a Filmfare Award. The song Dola Re Dola became a hit with its unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit.

The film won ten Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also India's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

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Synopsis

Sir Narayan Mukherjee (Vijay Crishna), a zamindar, and his wife Kaushalya (Smita Jaykar) have heard that their younger son, Devdas (Shahrukh Khan), is coming home from a law school in England to their mansion in Tal Sonapur, Bengal. On the day of his return, Kaushalya insists everyone in the family close their eyes so that she will be the first person to see him. Her plan backfires, however, when instead of coming straight home, Devdas goes to see Parvati "Paro" Chakraborty (Aishwarya Rai), his childhood sweetheart, first. This incident ignites Kaushalya's dislike of Paro.

Paro is Devdas's neighbour and childhood friend. The years apart turned their friendship into love. When he was sent to England at the age of ten, she lit a lamp for him, which she carefully tended to over the years and never allowed to extinguish.

It seems to everyone, including Paro's mother Sumitra (Kirron Kher), that Devdas and Paro will get married, but Devdas's vindictive sister-in-law Kumud (Ananya Khare) reminds Kaushalya of Paro's maternal lineage, from a family of performing artists. This is considered inappropriate for an alliance with the Mukherjee family. When Sumitra announces her desire for Devdas and Paro to marry, Kaushalya rejects and humiliates her in public. In retaliation, Sumitra vows to ensure that Paro will get an even better marriage, and soon arranges for Paro to marry Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry (Vijayendra Ghatge), a forty-year-old widowed aristocrat with three grown children.

Devdas gets into a fight with his father about his relationship with Paro, and flees to a brothel with his college friend Chunnibabu (Jackie Shroff). He leaves a letter for Paro, stating that love had never existed between them. At the brothel, Devdas meets a good-hearted tawaif (courtesan) named Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit), who falls in love with him. Soon, Devdas realizes his error.

Meanwhile, as he is leaving, Sumitra makes Paro swear that if Dev leaves without her she will marry whomever she tells her to. When he leaves Paro is hurt and angry and agrees with her mother.

Devdas returns to Paro at the time of her wedding to Bhuvan Chaudhry and asks her to elope with him. Paro refuses, remembering the way he had discarded her so easily. Having lost both Paro's and his family's love, Devdas is heartbroken. He moves to Chandramukhi's brothel permanently and becomes an alcoholic. Eventually, he becomes so ill that the slightest dose of alcohol could kill him. Chandramukhi, who cares deeply for Devdas, tries to get Paro to convince him to stop drinking; Paro attempts to persuade him, but she does not succeed. However, Devdas promises Paro that before he dies, he will come to her doorstep one last time.

Paro invites Chandramukhi, whom she has befriended, to a celebration at her husband's home and introduces Chandramukhi to her in-laws without revealing her profession. However, Bhuvan's ill-natured son-in-law Kalibabu (Milind Gunaji), who was banned from Chandramukhi's brothel by Chandramukhi herself, reveals her background and humiliates her in front of Bhuvan and the guests. He also tells Bhuvan of Paro's relationship with Devdas. As a result, Bhuvan punishes Paro by permanently forbidding her from leaving the mansion.

Devdas, who had never before let Chandramukhi touch him, finally tells her that he loves her, but that she must let him go. He decides to travel the country, and takes Dharamdas (Tiku Talsania), a trusted servant, with him. While on a train, he meets his old friend Chunnibabu, who offers him a glass of wine. Devdas initially refuses but when Chunnibabu, (who doesn't know about his fatal condition) says he should do it for friendship's sake, he drinks it knowing it would be fatal.

On the verge of death, Devdas remembers his promise to see Paro one last time. He travels to her house, collapsing in front of the main gate. Paro learns of his presence, and, screaming his name, runs out of the house and attempts to reach him. Bhuvan, probably thinking she is going to escape for her lover, sees this and orders the servants to close the gates. Devdas sees a blurred image of Paro running to him, but the gates close before she can reach him and Devdas dies. At the same time, the lamp that Paro had lit for him flickers out.

Cast

Actor/Actress Role
Shahrukh Khan Devdas Mukherjee
Madhuri Dixit Chandramukhi
Aishwarya Rai Parvati "Paro" Chakraborty
Jackie Shroff Chunnilal ("Chunnibabu")
Smita Jaykar Kaushalya Mukherjee
Manoj Joshi Dwijdas Mukherjee
Ananya Khare Kumud Mukherjee
Milind Gunaji Kalibabu
Dina Pathak Bhuvan's mother
Vijayendra Ghatge Bhuvan Chaudhry
Kirron Kher Sumitra Chakraborty
Tiku Talsania Dharamdas
Ava Mukherji Dev's Badi-ma
Jaya Bhattacharya Manorama
Sunil Rege Neelkanth Chakraborty
Vijay Crishna Sir Narayan Mukherjee
Amardeep Jha Kalibabu's mother
Apara Mehta Badi Aapa
Muni Jha Kaka
Radhika Singh Yashomati

Soundtrack

Devdas
Studio album by Ismail Darbar
Released 2002
Genre Soundtrack/Filmi
Ismail Darbar chronology
Deewangee
(2002)
Devdas: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2002)
Shakti: The Power
(2002)

The film soundtrack was predominately composed by Ismail Darbar and features playback singers Kavita Krishnamurthy (as Chandramukhi), Udit Narayan (as Devdas), and Shreya Ghoshal in her debut performance (as Parvati).

Track # Song Performed by Composition/Lyrics
1 Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka Shreya Ghoshal Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr
2 Maar Dala Kavita Krishnamurthy & Kay Kay Prakash Kapadia & Nusrat Badr
3 Bairi Piya Udit Narayan & Shreya Ghoshal Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr
4 Kaahe Chhed Mohe Pt. Birju Maharaj, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Madhuri Dixit Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr
5 Chalak Chalak Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod & Kavita Krishnamurthy Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr
6 Hamesha Tumko Chaha Kavita Krishnamurthy & Udit Narayan Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr
7 Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki Udit Narayan Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr
8 Morey Piya Jaspinder Narula & Shreya Ghoshal Sameer
9 Dev's Last Journey - The Theme Rashmi Sharma, Supriya Raghav Chatterjee Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr - Music: Monty
10 Dola Re Dola Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shreya Ghoshal & Kay Kay Ismail Darbar & Nusrat Badr

Awards

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Filmfare Awards

Devdas won ten awards at the 2002 Filmfare Awards:

National Film Awards

Star Screen Awards

Devdas won five awards at the 2002 Star Screen Awards:

IIFA Awards

Devdas won six awards at the 2003 IIFA Awards:

MTV Asia Awards

Devdas was nominated for the 2003 Asian Film Award.[3][4][5]

British Academy Film Awards

Devdas was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2003.

Awards
Filmfare Award
Preceded by
Lagaan
Best Film
2002
Succeeded by
Koi... Mil Gaya

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