After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.

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Saratchandra Chatterjee (based on the novel by) (as Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay), Prakash Kapadia (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Top Rated Indian Movies #229 | Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 57 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Shah Rukh Khan ... Devdas Mukherji
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Parvati 'Paro' (as Aishwarya Rai)
Madhuri Dixit ... Chandramukhi
Jackie Shroff ... Chunnilal
Kirron Kher ... Sumitra (as Kiron Kher)
Smita Jaykar ... Kaushalya
Tiku Talsania ... Dharamdas
Vijayendra Ghatge ... Bhuvan Choudhry
Milind Gunaji ... Kalibabu
Ananya Khare ... Kumud
Manoj Joshi ... Dwijdas
Ava Mukherjee Ava Mukherjee ... Dev's Badima (as Ava Mukherji)
Dina Pathak ... Badima
Vijay Crishna Vijay Crishna ... Narayan Mukherji
Muni Jha Muni Jha ... Kaka
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Storyline

Devdas Mukherji is black-listed by his multi-millionaire Zamindar father, Narayan. After completing 10 years of study; Devdas return to his home-town where his family prepares to welcome him but their happiness changes when Devdas prefers to visit his childhood sweetheart, Parvati alias Paro before paying respect to his mother. After so much years Devdas finds he is still the black spot in his father's life especially when he is prevented from marrying Paro who happen to be a lower-caste girl. Eventually time passes with Paro's family arranging her marriage to a much elderly man named Bhuvan Choudhry where she is introduce to Bhuvan's children - who happen to be within her age group. This sadness not only breaks Devdas heart but confines him to alcohol in a big way. Soon Devdas starts to frequent a brothel and catches the eyes of a courtesan named Chandramukhi - step by step Devdas starts to head towards a path of self destruction. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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A grand saga of timeless love

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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The video of "Dola Re Dola" was shot in the studio built with a lavish and expensive set. See more »

Goofs

When Devdas meets Paro in the full moon night, while she was sleeping her black mole keeps changing position. See more »

Quotes

Devdas Mukherjee: You are so silly!
Parvati: Mention not.
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Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray HD version removes the red/sepia tone in a more natural tone and corrects the contrast in colors See more »

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Version of Devadas (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka
Written by Nusrat Badr
Composed by Ismail Darbar
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal
Courtesy of Universal Music India
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DEVDAS recalls the Hollywood musicals of a long-ago era
27 July 2002 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

DEVDAS (2002) is a beautifully mounted romantic melodrama based on a popular Indian novel published in 1917. When I first read about the film and its enthusiastic reception at Cannes, I had high hopes that this might become the first Bollywood film to cross over to arthouse audiences in the U.S. While watching it, however, it became clear that the class-conflict narrative would be a tough sell these days with its supremely overwrought tale of parental disapproval, family honor, unrequited love, and two beautiful women's complete and utter devotion to an irredeemably dissipated man who is left with nothing. It's also more deeply rooted in Hindi culture than the other Bollywood movies I've seen and would most benefit a viewer who had more than a passing knowledge of it.

In comparing DEVDAS to MOHABBATEIN (2000) and TAAL (1999), the other Bollywood musicals I've seen, I would cite a few Hollywood parallels. DEVDAS is like a Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy MGM musical of the 1930s (e.g. MAYTIME, 1937, with which it shares some surprising similarities) to MOHABBATEIN's SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS or TAAL's BYE BYE BIRDIE. (When I saw MOHABBATEIN I also thought of WEST SIDE STORY and GREASE.)

I enjoyed MOHABBATEIN and TAAL much more, but I was still gripped by DEVDAS and its high romantic expression of love through song, dance, and incredibly rich, poetic dialogue. It's a powerfully old-fashioned film, which is not necessarily a bad thing.


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Release Date:

12 July 2002 (India) See more »

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Aarey Colony, India See more »

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Budget:

INR500,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,745,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,427,830
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