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Dev.D (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 February 2009 (India)
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After breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, a young man finds solace in drugs. Meanwhile, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Will they be destroyed, or will they find redemption?


Anurag Kashyap


Saratchandra Chatterjee (novel), Abhay Deol (concept) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abhay Deol ... Dev / Devindra Dhillon
Mahie Gill ... Paro / Parminder
Kalki Koechlin ... Leni / Chanda
Dibyendu Bhattacharya ... Chunni
Manoj Bakshi ... Inspector
Gurkirtan Gurkirtan ... Satpal Dhillon / Sattu (Dev's father)
Satwant Kaur Satwant Kaur ... Kaushalya Dhillon (Dev's mother)
Parakh Madan ... Rasika
Kuldeep Sharma Kuldeep Sharma ... Paro's father (as Kuldeep Singh)
Jimi the Quiff Jimi the Quiff ... The Twilight Players (as Jimi 'The Quiff')
Ammo 'Too Sweet' Ammo 'Too Sweet' ... The Twilight Players (as Ammo 'Too Sweet')
Sanjay Kumar Sanjay Kumar ... Leni's father
Sinbad Phgura Sinbad Phgura ... The Twilight Players (as Sindbad Phgura)
Aseem Sharma Aseem Sharma ... Bhuvan
Helen Jones Helen Jones ... Leni's mom


Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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Anurag Kashyap stated "Abhay deol is the face of "independent" cinema , not just according to Man's world but lots of others. Rightfully so. He is so independent that he can be very difficult to work with if you don't know what you are doing. Why? because the man asks questions. Pointed questions. My first instinct whenever i am asked questions or made suggestions to, is to dismiss them, then i can't help but think over them , about them and sometimes try to answer them or incorporate them, but the work flow never stops. Abhay can stop your flow. His questions can bring a pause to the proceedings. As involved that he is , he sometimes ends up living the character he is playing and when he does that, it can be a nightmare sometimes. Not for me as much as it can be for the assistants. Abhay did just that on Dev.D. He became Dev. I told him to come straight from bed, with his unwashed hair and all, he said he will not touch the hair but will wash his face, i said no , he said," you will get what you want fucker but hygiene is my prerogative."One day Abhay did not turn up on the set on time. We partied late the night before, he overslept and i screamed at him, he screamed right back, well the party was in my room. But my ego would not accept it, not that i reached the set on time, I wasn't even there when i screamed at him. I got a call from my assistant that he has not reached and i called him and started screaming , from my hotel, i had not left it either(talk about hypocrisy). So after the screaming match he reached the sets and i did too. I wasn't talking to him and he wasn't talking to me. I would give him instructions without looking at him, addressing my associate nitin(presley no.2 from EA) and he would respond to him. Poor nitin didn't know what to do. He would look at me and him. We were shooting a very difficult scene and i knew abhay could be temperamental. What if he decides to get back at me. He did the take, he improvised, he threw his legs on the ground , kept tapping and grinning, he even improvised a line that was brilliant,"what are you, florence nightangle tonight". I wanted to say brilliant and i said O.K. So he wanted to get back to me by doing it better than expected, so i decided to get into the showoff mood too. I kept improvising takes and he stayed deeper in the character. Once he gave me a chance to reprimand him when he spoke the line in english and i said, " please tell the actor that the dialogue is in hindi" loudly and he continued in english. I said this is not an english film. He said the line in hindi in next take. Eventually i kept the English one. This went on for three days, the whole set was tense, Rajiv asked me," is it alright between you two." I said ,"no".Everyone was silent on the set for those three days. Worst three days for the assistants. But the best three days for the film. The output of those three days was the best for both Abhay and me. He was brilliant and i was on my toes. Best from both of us was on those three days. I have known him forever and we always wanted to work with eachother and three days is a long time, on the third day i complimented him directly and he looked at me said thanks and went away. I went to see him in the room. His room in the hotel nearby. I knocked. He opened the door . I looked at him and said sorry, he smiled and said sorry. We hugged and let loose all the ego.Drama is not always on screen.". See more »


At around 59 mins Chunni calls out to Chanda to show her the bike he has purchased for her. While Chanda looks out from the Balcony, Chunni points to himself, his body language leading to my conclusion that it is for himself, while this mismatch is carefully patched by adding a dialogue ("Yes, for you") from Chunni, while the camera focuses on Chanda. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits appear in reverse from the top before straightening out themselves as if the camera was held upside down. See more »


References Dead in 3 Days (2006) See more »


Pardesi O Pardesi Mitthasa
Written by Shellee
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Tochi
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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My God ! Is this an Indian movie ?
6 February 2009 | by thenameisprayagSee all my reviews

I've been waiting for this movie since the past 2 months. I had gone to see another movie around 2 months back and there was a poster of Dev. D. It starred Abhay Deol. From that moment, I knew this movie is gonna be one of a kind. It takes place in the modern era. The instances shown in the movie are very life-like. The story deals with a loser ( Abhay Deol ) and how he deals with his life. Its like a modern rip-off from Devdas.

Everything about this movie is top notch. Right from the direction to the sets, its stunning. The screenplay is impeccable & the cinematography couldn't get better. The visuals are delightful. The music score is exceptional. Even though it is a slow movie, the pace seems very fast. The editing also is so well done. The dialogues are perfect, used in a really vulgar tone. The story is set in & around Delhi. The locations shown are ideal.

I really don't remember the last time I had seen such a good bollywood movie. But this flick is not one that will please all audiences. Only connoisseurs of movies will respect & admire this class act. Hats off to Anurag Kashyap. Legend.

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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chandigarh, Punjab, India See more »


Box Office


INR60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,950, 8 February 2009

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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