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Dev Dash
The youth and the liberals will enjoy the movie without family. The puritans and conformists are sure to pan the movie for its liberal use of f and s words. Dash to this Dev D only without your family!
WILL YOU come along? I asked my friend as I got tickets for Dev D. ‘Definitely not’ said my friend – No Smoking – still gave bad memories to her!


I wished she has come along though, for Anurag Kashyap, after the dismal No Smoking has cooked up something that is sure gonna be lapped up by the youth (oh yeah, a lot of them have suffered – emotional atyaachaar) and how?


Dev D is set in this age of impure pyaar and pure vyabhichaar. Dev Dhillon (Abhay Deol) is the scion of a rich family. Paro (Mahie Gill) – ah the numerology – is the daughter of their manager.


Love blooms in childhood – carries on into adulthood – since its Y2K it gets sealed only with a mix of lust. Yup, Paro has to send her nudie-photo to Dev D to get him fly back to saddi Indian hinterland – some remote village in Punjab.


Beautiful and voluptuous, Paro, is leched by many a young men – one such man tells Dev D that he has had Paro – and that serves as the plot-point for the film as Dev D gives up his love for Paro.


Paro marries another man and Dev D – like the novel – takes to booze and broads!


In this debauched world he meets Chanda – originally Leni – who like the infamous 2004 DPS, RK Puram sex-scandal gets filmed while making out; unlike the original girl who reportedly flew to London, she ends up at Delhi’s infamous GB Road – as a hooker – or as Dev D describes it – a CSW (commercial sex-worker).


What happens next forms the narrative.


The first half of the film is excellent – it is divided into four parts: Dev D, Paro, Chanda and Dev D. The parts of Dev D and Paro are handled with rare finesse, the tempo does taper down in the Chanda part and how Dev D meets Chanda – but it still keeps the viewers hooked. However, the second part could have been crisper – it has the potential to be exemplary.


What Rocks the movie:


The iconic mukhda that is blaring from each and every car, nook and corner of Delhi University: Tauba tera jalwa… tauba tera pyaar…


Mahie Gill. She is an actress in the league of Tabu and Konkana Sen Sharma. Watch-out for her, though she looks mature (you get glimpses on young her, in Anurag’s Gulaal, which ironically was stuck for a long time); given the right roles, she has tremendous potential.


Abhay Deol. Amazingly restrained, gives an excellent act.


What chucks the movie:


Second half, could have been infinitely crisper.


Liberal use of expletives, it is definitely not family viewing.


Verdict:


The youth and the liberals will enjoy the movie without family. The puritans and conformists are sure to pan the movie for its liberal use of f and s words. Dash to this Dev D only without your family!
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