Saturday, February 07, 2009

Dev D is super!

Dev D is super! Irreverent, dark, quirky, sexual, tinged with a strange senselessness, pity, longing and empathy, the movie is quite a watch. I am an Abhay Deol fan and he doesn't disappoint. But the ones who really take you by surprise are the debutants Mahie Gill as Paro and Kalki Koechlin as Chanda. Paro is THE Punjaban, true to her element, and the woman so many of us have met so often. Kalki is the one to whom your heart really goes out to, some great acting skills by her, she is the vulnerable looking 'CSW' who comes up with some lines that stay with you. Awesome music, great lyrics, the oh so Delhi Paharganj feel, the careful rendition of the MMS scandal, a great job on dialogues and the interesting denouement I felt particulary thankful for- Dev D is a must watch- a contemporary classic with some must have music. Bhansali's Devdas in contrast is opulent, dramatic, reminiscent of a bygone era.- my mom loved it. I would pick up this gritty, real version instead especially for the Paro character fleshed out in Dev D and the same goes for Chanda. Music, as I said, is a must have on your playlist-I particularly like Payalia, Pardesi, Nayan and emosional atayachaar ofcourse. Don't miss this one.

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