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Devdas (1955)

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Childhood sweethearts, Devdas and Paro grow up in a small village with a love-hate relationship which changes to love when they mature. Devdas' dad does not approve of his marriage or even any friendship with Paro, and sends him away to Calcutta where he is introduced to a dancer, Chandramukhi, who adores him and falls hopelessly in love with him. Devdas in not aware of Chandramukhi's affection ... See full summary »

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Vyjayanthimala ...
Chandramukhi (as Vyjayanti Mala)
Motilal ...
Suchitra Sen ...
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Murad ...
Devdas' father
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ...
Teacher (as Kanhaiyalal)
Moni Chatterjee
Iftekhar ...
Bhijudas
Shivraj ...
Nana Palsikar ...
Ashim Kumar
Ram Kumar
Vikram Kapoor
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Devdas and Parvati had been inseparable as children, and as they grew older, Love Blossomed. Devdas is sent away for studies by his parents - he and Parvati are separated. A chain of events lead to Parvati being married off to someone else and Devdas drowns his sorrows in alcohol. When Devdas is pronounced critical due to his drinking, he remembers the promise he had made to Parvati, of coming to see her before he dies. Will he fulfilled this promise or not? Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Manzil ki chaah mein
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Tragic Masterpiece of a Forlorn Love Affair !
3 July 2006 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

The simple, austere, penetrating, candid and passionately electrifying depiction of subtle human values and sentiments is the hallmark of Bimal Roy's DEVDAS.

Dilip Kumar's demeanor in this heartrending movie happens to be the culmination of his acting prowess which is all praise and nothing else. He was no Dilip Kumar in the film but exact imitation of the role. He outperformed in perfectly getting under the skin of a prodigal Devdas in the first hour of the movie and a profligate Devdas in the last hour. Besides, the very real to life and original performance of Dilip, Suchitra Sen's weighted speech quality and simple dialog delivery adds resonance to an already touching storyline that goes to the heart of every viewer.

The direction of Bimal Roy is superbly excellent and all the more imaginative and original, i.e, no artificial, tawdry and superfluous love scenes and no vulgarity, as well. He believed in ruling over the hearts of the audience through the sheer force of evocative and poignant dialogs, songs and cinematography. That is a quality, in sharp contrast with the latest version of Bhansali's Devdas. Roy's Devdas should be regarded as an intellectually perfect cinematic sequence in the history of Indian film making.

This black and white, old cinematic rendition of Chatterjee's novel is definitely head and shoulders above Bhansali's flamboyant and extravagant version of 2002, starring Shahrukh Khan.


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