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.
Normally, two or three generators would have been used for the shooting of films, but this production used 42. This caused the marriages in Mumbai a lot of panic, since all the generators were used for the sets.
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.
A producer by the name of K Chopra has the rights of the title "Devdas". He was not willing to let 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.
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.
A spoof on Devdas was going to be 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.
During the shooting of "Dola Re Dola", there were several retakes and at a particular point, they had to perform a step that they had to fall, to be perfectly in sync with the beats. It became physically demanding for both actresses.
The film won five National Awards and a further ten Filmfare Awards, tied with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge with the most Filmfare Awards any film had won at the time (later beaten in 2005 by Bhansali's Black).
Ghoshal caught the attention of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who noticed her as a participant in Sa Re Ga Ma while she was singing a bhajan of Lata Mangeshkar, and later offered her the opportunity to playback for the character of Paro.
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.
The song Chalak Chalak's music video is very similar to the song "Mahi Ve" from "Kal Ho Naa Ho" (2003). Both songs had a dancing trio of two males and a female; In both the Shah Rukh Khan is featured; Both the songs are celebration dance numbers; Both the songs were featured in the last 30 minutes of the movie; Both songs marked a turning point in the movie(s) & By the end of both the songs, in the respective movie, Khan's Charecter suffers from an attack.