February 10, 2009

Just seen: Dev D

Just saw Dev D- am entirely satisfied by it.
For the record, I had never seen a Devdas movie from start to finish before this, because I am really bad at handling tragedies, and this Devdas gave me the conclusion I have always wanted!

More on Devdas later- I need to sleep over it and internalize it some more. Until then, I need to share the new-found affection I have for The Twilight Players featured in the movie.
Love 'em!

13 comments:

Darshit said...

Ahhh..finally..I get positive review abt this. And I too loved those three, mentioned about 2 songs performed by them in my review.
Waiting for your take.

Nicki said...

Yaahhh! So glad you are satisfied! Can't wait for your review

Filmi Girl said...

I can't wait to see this!!!! The soundtrack is good!

I'm looking forward to your review! :D

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Darshit: Yeah I dont understand the -ve reviews :S The Players were SO cute - I wish they had been there through the entire movie.

Nikki: It was really good- I want to watch it again already :)

FilmiGirl: I cant beleive some of my friends in India appear not to like it the music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the soundtrack is great on its own, but works even better in the movie.

ajnabi said...

Really? You saw a Devdas movie whose ending you liked? Okay, after this and Darshit's review I'm definitely gonna check it out. Eventually.

Nida said...

I'll be waiting anxiously for your review, Shweta! So glad you liked it, though--gives me something to look forward to!

theBollywoodFan said...

Somewhere among its promotions and feedback on the final product, there seems to be a disconnect. For that alone, I might have to see this, LOL.

Would you say it's safe to dismiss the marketing campaign as an 'item' person (no genders, LOL) trying to garner attention to make it as a lead actor (i.e. enough eyeballs for the film)? Or was the film true to its marketing? (In which case I don't see how this director can get away with it and someone like Ram Gopal Verma cannot.)

theBollywoodFan said...

Somewhere among its promotions and feedback on the final product, there seems to be a disconnect. For that alone, I might have to see this, LOL.

Would you say it's safe to dismiss the marketing campaign as an 'item' person (no genders, LOL) trying to garner attention to make it as a lead actor (i.e. enough eyeballs for the film)? Or was the film true to its marketing? (In which case I don't see how this director can get away with it and someone like Ram Gopal Verma cannot.)

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Ajnabi: Would you beleive it! I've never met a Devdas I liked enough to sit through the requisite 3 hours- but this one I wanna rewatch asap.

Nida: It is a hard movie- but so so good- I am just obsessed so a flawed reviewer :D

Bollyfan: I know the marketing turned you off, but my friend you will like this. You know how much you love/obsess over Lagaan? This is my Lagaan :D

theBollywoodFan said...

Not sure if my last comment from yesterday made it (if it did, just delete this please)...I'm going to watch Dev.D only because you say so (and I think you're the closest I come in the blogosphere to what my film tastes are any way). But dude, watch Dev.D 50+ times and eight years across, and *then* let's compare it to Lagaan :P

I'll get one of those virtual fighting instruments from Ghajini for a digital swipe at whoever planned the marketing for Dev.D (all in the video game of course, LOL) -- it doesn't seem to have been a good representative of the final product (except #7 in your review, which I agree with; i.e. the verbal was always more racy than the visual wrt the sexual content, even in the marketing). If it was, it'd be nice to see those associated with the film, and its fans, defend it (nothing wrong with it, honestly -- it'd only add more credibility to the project!).

I think as a neutral going in, it's a very legitimate question. Then again, I do appreciate it's Devdas, and that if I'm looking for self-respect, I might be under the wrong tree :)

Cheers.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Bollyfan: It cam thru it did! :D But that musnt stop this discussion! Also, keep in mind this is MY lagaan, not comparing it to your Lagaan :P You may not identify with it at all, and that's ok too :) That said, I honestly beleive the movie is very representative of my generation. Dang I want to watch it again now- but gotta go work :(

theBollywoodFan said...

I don't doubt it's 'real' and representative of our generation, but I'm often dumb to not know the difference between reality and fiction, you see. And perhaps because it's not all original and I've seen other Devdas remakes, I'm getting ahead of myself in letting my views of the past films influence me too.

More after I succumb to the emosional atyachaar. Totally appreciate your love of this film, and I'll save more for conversation over daal makkhani! ;)

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

TBF: Cant wait for you to watch it!