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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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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.
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The first recent Bollywood film to receive an invitation to Cannes.
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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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The role of Devdas was first offered to Salman Khan, but he declined.
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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.
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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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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.
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Jackie Shroff's role was offered to Saif Ali Khan and Govinda.
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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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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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SRK actually drank alcohol while shooting some drunk scenes and had to do many retakes.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan calls this her favorite film in which she has acted.
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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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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.
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Designer Neeta Lilla designed heavy embroidered green Anarkali for 'Maar Dala ', which weighed about 15 kilos.
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Kathak master Birju Maharaj choreographed "Kaahe Chedd Mohe" especially for Madhuri Dixit.
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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.
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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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This is the third "Devdas" made in hindi, first with K. L. Saiigal and then with Dilip Kumar.
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Despite receiving mixed reviews in India upon release, Devdas was critically acclaimed among western film critics, and is considered as one of the greatest films ever made.
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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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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.
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Only film to feature both Dixit and Rai.
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Is based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel "Devdas".
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At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of INR 50 crore.
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Shah Rukh Khan has bought the rights to this film under his banner, Red Chillies Entertainment.
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It was ranked #74 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.
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TIME magazine named Devdas as the best movie of 2002 among all the movies released around the world that year.
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Times Magazine mentioned this film as one of 10 Greatest movies of the Millennium.
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Singer Shreya Ghoshal made her Bollywood debut through this film.
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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.
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According to Saroj Khan, Dola Re Dola was one of the toughest she had to endure as Madhuri and Aishwarya are brilliant dancers.
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The song "Dola Re Dola" became an instant hit, as it combined the two leading heroines of the era in a unique dance song.
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For the song "Dola Re Dola", Saroj Khan had to balance in giving steps equally good to both that none of them both would feel that they would be left out. But nothing of the sort occurred.
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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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Manara song "Dola Igloo snip" sampled the song Dola Re.
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By the time Zamindar Bhuvan's haveli had to be designed, Bhansali's budget was eaten up.
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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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The bridge built across the lake, where the set of kotha was created, had a tendency to sink at all the wrong times.
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Aishwarya Rai had worked with Bhansali in "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam".
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The same year, a Bengali film adaptation of the novel was also released.
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The film was a commercial success in India and abroad, becoming the highest grossing Indian film of the year.
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The first film version of the novel in Hindi done in colour.
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Was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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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).
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A temple city surrounded the set, for which inspiration was taken from the Dilwara Temples in Rajasthan.
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For the creation of Paro's room in a haveli 122,000,008 pieces of stained glass were used.
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The film was screened at 2002 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2002, and 2014 International Film Festival of India in the "Devdas Section" and "Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema" section respectively.
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The major part of the movie was filmed at Dharavi, Mumbai, recreating early 20th-century Calcutta.
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The film had an extraordinary opening worldwide and recorded highest opening weekend and week of the year with collections of INR19.83 crore and INR33.45 crore respectively.
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It became the second film to gross INR 2 crore nett opening day after "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham....".
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Writing for BBC, Shamaila Khan said it was one of the best films she has ever seen.
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Was released on 325 screens in India.
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The film's soundtrack was predominantly composed by Ismail Darbar.
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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.
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The lyrics were penned by Nusrat Badr.
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Ghoshal sang five songs on the album, which won her critical acclaim and accolades, including the prestigious National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Bairi Piya".
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The first Bollywood song Ghoshal recorded in her singing career was "Bairi Piya" when she was 16 years old.
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It features playback singers Shreya Ghoshal (as Parvati), Kavita Krishnamurthy (as Chandramukhi), and Udit Narayan (as Devdas).
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According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 18,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's third highest-selling.
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The song "Dola Re Dola" was choreographed by Saroj Khan, for which she won her eighth Filmfare Best Choreography Award.
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The form of dance that Saroj Khan explored with "Dola Re Dola", is called Nautwary. It included steps of Kathak and Bharatnatyam.
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The choreography of the song "Dola Re Dola" was something different as it was a mix of Indian classical dance forms.
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The video of "Dola Re Dola" was shot in the studio built with a lavish and expensive set.
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali was involved in the dance sequences.
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Ghoshal received lots of appreciation from the established movie personalities involved in the project for "Bairi Piya".
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Shreya Ghoshal received many accolades for her honey-soaked rendition of the song "Bairi Piya".
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Shreya Ghoshal's Higher Secondary Examinations were nearing the time of recording and she would take her books and notebooks to the studio in order to study during downtime.
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"Bairi Piya" was an instant success and topped the charts.
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Ghoshal became the first and till date is the only singer to win both Filmfare and National Film Awards for her debut song.
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Shreya Ghoshal's rendition of "Ish" or "Eesh" in the song "Bairi Piya" became the highlight of the character Parvati and was well appraised.
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The music was scored by A. R. Rahman
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The film also used 2,500 lights, 700 light men and an infinite number of junior artistes.
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Ghoshal recorded the whole song ("Bairi Piya") in a single take, without even knowing that she was being recorded.
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Manisha Koirala was on the race for the role of Chandramukhi. Bhanshali also was keen to cast her,but Aishwarya's rivalry got in the way -resulting Madhuri entry in the film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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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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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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.
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