Yup, Sunday evening found us back at the broken down Indian theatre, in line for tickets to Dev D- again :D We convinced the husband to see it again, who really does like the movie (and Kalki) and some of our friends were over, who were talked into going as well :D
The second time around, the newness had worn off, so we could see more into the movie than just sit entranced.
There is a lot of black humor in the movie. But consider: we fall in love, and assume that our we have invented the "L" word. Then there is heart-break, and most of us over-dramtize: tears, accusations fly, there may be some alcohol involved, and make successfully make mini-Devd-asses of ourselves. Once the entire episode has blown over, and we are with someone again, the sorrow is gone and it is hard to imagine why we were ever "in love" with that individual. Anurag Kashyap captures this sentimental, foolish part of our nature really well and presents it bare, and therefore the movie is hard to watch in places.
Of course it is fiction: the characters, though realistically treated, are definitely borrowed from fantasy: A kind-hearted pimp, a prostitute who controls her client list and decides when to leave the business, and hotel-owners who dont rob you when you leave your room open and unattended!
And guess what? The guys liked the movie! Convinced 2 people- here's hoping I can get more people to channel the Dev-love. Come on folks- see it!