Monday, February 09, 2009

Dev D

I wanted to see this film ever since I read TOI had given it 5 stars. Unprecedented!

Dev D is entertaining, sad, funny, contemporary, bold. It's witty, vulgar and charming. It's demanding, for the film cannot be described without using far too many adjectives.

The thing that amused me was that I found Paro more slutty than Chanda.

Chanda, the prostitute has an icy dignity about herself, a mysterious shield that keeps her happy in spite of being pained, focused in spite of having reasons to destroy herself. And she has the sweetest smile I have seen in ages. Her business she handles with thorough professionalism — the multi-lingual sex talk was impressive...

Kalki Koechlin must be congratulated for a wonderful debut.

The film had a nauseating aura of sorrow laced with humour, of the pangs of urban life. From MMS scandals, to BMW road rage, to drugs and booze, to sex trade, everything that we know in third person through newspapers comes alive on the screen in a manner sensitive and well-thought over.

We ran to buy the tickets of Luck By Chance as soon as Dev D ended. Seeing two films back to back momentarily helped ease the impact of Dev D. But when I slept the two films over, the next morning Dev D came out a sure winner.

In comparison, Luck By Chance is a typically entertaining, a quite predictable film.

Dev D is snappy, unpredictable and immensely relevant. It's a smart film, it's wholesomely entertaining. Don't go with your parents to see it though, you might have to fake blushes when you are really enjoying a dirty dialogue.

PS: I think it deserves the 5 stars. What do you think?


abhishek said...

no...didn't get me...that's my opinion ofcourse

Siddharth said...

even i was amazed by the TOI review... need to watch it after yours...

Darshan Chande said...

Wow! How cool! Even I am eager to watch this film ever since I have seen TOI gave it 5Stars!!

Will soon watch it~

Sara said...

Have yet to see both Dev D and Luck by Chance...lagging behind!

Nino's Mum said...

Can't wait to see the film - even more now after reading this!

Gauri Gharpure said...

Abhishek-- yes, the reactions are mixed, I gather... wht exactly you didn't like, curious to know. i ws slightly bored in the car-motor ride back from chandigarh to delhi--tht portion seemed a little stretched.

Siddhartha, Darshan, Sara and Aditi-- I am really looking fwd to your thoughts after you have seen the film.. do share here how you liked it.