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(I) (2002)

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The song "Dola Re Dola" took a week to write because Sanjay Leela Bhansali thought that it had to be perfect because he was uniting two of Bollywood's biggest stars (Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan).
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The role of Devdas was first offered to Salman Khan, but he declined.
During filming, an accident with a wind machine decapitated one stage hand and severely hurt another, splattering star actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with blood. She suffered from shock and was cared for by Salman Khan.
The first recent Bollywood film to receive an invitation to Cannes.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan calls this her favorite film in which she has acted.
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Jackie Shroff's role was offered to Saif Ali Khan and Govinda.
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The sequence where Paro's mother Sumitra is made to dance at a social gathering was inspired by a recurring nightmare of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's - his mother's utter humiliation.
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Madhuri Dixit was rumored to be pregnant with her first child halfway through the production of this film. However they were only rumors, as Madhuri was not pregnant.
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During the "Dola re Dola" dance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's ears started to bleed due to the heavy earrings she was wearing, but continued with the dance, not telling anyone until after the shoot.
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Manoj Bajpai was offered the role of Chunni Babu right before Jackie Shroff signed it. Manoj refused on the grounds that he was playing lead roles in all his films and doing a supporting role would hurt his saleability.
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In the song "Kahe Chedd Mohe," the outfit worn by Madhuri Dixit weighed 30 kilograms. She had lots of problems with the dance choreography, but she eventually completed it.
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Normally, two or three generators would have been used for this film, but this production used 42. This caused the marriages in Mumbai a lot of panic, since all the generators were used for the sets. The film also used 2,500 lights, 700 light men and an infinite number of junior artistes. By the time Zamindar Bhuvan's haveli had to be designed, Bhansali's budget was eaten up.
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Snoop Dogg sampled " Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka" for his song " Snopp Dogg Millionaire".
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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.
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Despite refusing the first two films of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kareena Kapoor screen tested for the role of Paro.
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Paro's delicate stained-glass house was erected from November to June - safe, non-monsoon months, Bhansali reckoned. During those months, there were four unprecedented rain showers, which caused the colors in the stained glass to fade, and they had to be retouched regularly. Moreover, trolleys were used over the floors of the house, which led to a lot of chipping.
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Musical duo Chase and Status sampled the song "Silsila Yeh Chahat Ka" for their song "Eastern Jam".
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Devdas was India's official entry in the foreign-language film category of the 2003 Academy Awards, but it did not receive a nomination.
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The set of Chandramukhi's kotha was constructed around a lake. Consequently, the water in the lake kept drying up and gallons of water had to be regularly filled in. Moreover, the bridge built across the lake had a tendency to sink at all the wrong times.
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Kathak master Birju Maharaj choreographed "Kaahe Chedd Mohe" especially for Madhuri Dixit.
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A producer by the name of K Chopra has the rights of the title "Devdas". He was not willing to let of of the rights. Sanjay Leela Bhansali at one point was going to name the film " Aaj Ka Devdas". Finally K Chopra gave up the rights for a hefty price.
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Srk really drank alcohol while shooting some drunk scenes and had to do many retakes.
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Designer Neeta Lilla designed heavy embroidered green Anarkali for 'Maar Dala ' ,which weighed about 15 kilos
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"Hustle Everyday" by Def 1 and Ruckus sampled the song "Maar Dala".
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MSwee remix "Float" sampled the song "Maar Daala".
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A spoof on Devdas was going to e made as "Bevdadas". Starring Johnny Lever as Bevdadas,Tanaz Currim as Maro, Himani Shivpuri, Sudha Chandran. Produced by Sahara in Assosiation with Kay Sera Sera. Directed by Rajan Waghdhare. This was in 2003. The film was shelved.
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This is the third devdas made in hindi, first devdas with k.l.saigal, then with dilip kumar and this was with sharukh khan.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the song "bairi piya", paro and devdas try and read each other's palm. Paro's reading reveals that devdas will never get married, whereas devdas' readings reveal that paro will end up marrying an old man, both readings turn true as the story unfolds further.
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