I am going to keep this one very short. If I would have written this post yesterday, I would have highly praised the movie. Unfortunately, I saw Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal between watching Dev D. and this post. I am afraid that is going to *greatly* affect this review.
Dev D. is an above average movie for sure. It is not a masterpiece as people make it out to be. But thankfully, it is not as indulgent as Anurag’s earlier release No Smoking.
The acting was alright, the music was a definite high (review here), the scenes got repetitive at times and the movie even dragged a couple of times. There were some scenes masterfully done like the one when Paro meets Dev in his hotel room. I am not sure if it was the brilliance of the execution or just the idea of having that scene.
I have a minor quibble though. Why was there a voiceover by Abhay Deol in the final scene (where he is almost run down by a car and consequently attains enlightenment) !!! It is pardonable but totally spoiled the mood for me. It was almost like the part in Khwaja Mere Khwaja where Ashutosh Gowariker thought it would be cool to show a light in the sky ! Why don’t you just trust your actors and music directors.
While the characters are obviously taken from Sarat Chandra’s novel Devdas, it might be incorrect to call it an adapdation of Devdas for the simple reason that the theme is completely different. Devdas is about a coward who seeks solace in alcohol. Dev D is about a flawed person who firstly, realizes his flaws and secondly, learns to accept those in others. An adaptation would be a Maqbool or an Omkara, where the theme is the same in a different setting.
Like I said earlier, I am finding it really difficult to praise Dev D. courtesy Gulaal. Gulaal review here.