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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Parvati ('Paro') (as Aishwarya Rai)
Kiron Kher ...
Smita Jaykar ...
Tiku Talsania ...
Vijayendra Ghatge ...
Milind Gunaji ...
Ananya Khare ...
Manoj Joshi ...
Ava Mukherjee ...
Dev's Badima (as Ava Mukherji)
Dina Pathak ...
Vijay Crishna ...
Narayan Mukherji
Muni Jha ...


The son of Zamindar Narayan Mukherjee, Devdas (Shahrukh Khan) was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He grew up in the lush village of Taj Sonapur, where he spent his childhood, indulged by his lovely playmate Paro (Aishwarya). They grew up sharing a special relationship, in which they existed only to each other. Oblivious of all the differences of status and background, a bond that would never break grew between them. Slowly, it changed to love but it was still unsaid. But the reverie was broken when his family sent Devdas to London for education. Paro's world crashed knowing that her Devdas would be gone and she lit a diya, for it signified the fast coming back of her loved one. Years passed and Devdas returned. Devdas was besotted by her stunning beauty and longed to have her back. But Zamindar Narayan Mukherjee (Vijay Crishna), Devdas' father, met Paro's mother Sumitra's (Kiran Kher) marriage proposal with condescending arrogance. It caused a rift between the families and even... Written by Anonymous

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A grand saga of timeless love


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INR 500,000,000 (estimated)

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£466,370 (UK) (12 July 2002)


£1,663,692 (UK) (23 August 2002)

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Ismail Darbar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali spent two-and-a-half years to compose the music. Each song, being complicated in their structure, had to be mixed eight to nine times, but the recording took only ten days. See more »


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


Devdas Mukherjee: Such vanity? Not even the Moon is as vain.
Parvati: How could it be? The Moon is scarred. I'm not.
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Referenced in Chameli (2003) See more »


Kahe Chhed Mohe
Written by Nusrat Badr
Composed by Ismail Darbar
Performed by Madhuri Dixit, Birju Maharaj and Kavita Krishnamurthy
Courtesy of Universal Music India
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A Bittersweet Classic
9 August 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Gloriously excessive Bollywood epic starring former Miss World Aishwarya Rai. Set in the 30s and sumptuously shot, it follows a lovelorn suitor's slide into alcoholism and despair

Bhansali's film boasts the biggest budget for an Indian film ever and boy, does it show. An extravagant tale of love, loss and serious drinking, it operates on a scale previously unseen in Bollywood.

Essentially a tragic love triangle, the story follows tortured Devdas (Khan) as he mucks things up with childhood sweetheart Paro (Rai), meets courtesan Chandramukhi (Dixit) and then drinks himself to death. A spirited anti-hero, in India his name his synonymous with a sort of heroic failure.

Everything about the film - costumes, sets, songs and sentiments - is larger than life and the sheer spectacle demands respect. The musical numbers cast Devdas and Paro as the mythical lovers Krishna and Radha. Cheeky, sexy and dizzyingly complex, the dancers display astonishing energy and precision, whole sequences shot from above to resemble the shifting patterns of a kaleidoscope.

Certainly there are moments of daftness. A half-cut Devdas resolves a financial dispute by setting fire to a sofa, for example, and nobody tries to stop him. But there's also humour, style and a conclusion that's plenty teary. As Western directors continue to look to Bollywood for inspiration this is a shining example how it should be done. Intoxicating.

Verdict Starts big, gets a whole lot bigger then gets twice as big after that, this is Bollywood at its most flamboyant. The song and dance numbers alone are worth the price of entry and whether you're familiar with the genre or not this is irresistible from start to finish.

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