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Dev.D (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 February 2009 (India)
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After breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, a young man finds solace in drugs. Meanwhile, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Will they be destroyed, or will they find redemption?


Anurag Kashyap


Saratchandra Chatterjee (novel), Abhay Deol (concept) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abhay Deol ... Dev / Devindra Dhillon
Mahie Gill ... Paro / Parminder
Kalki Koechlin ... Leni / Chanda
Dibyendu Bhattacharya ... Chunni
Manoj Bakshi ... Inspector
Gurkirtan Gurkirtan ... Satpal Dhillon / Sattu (Dev's father)
Satwant Kaur Satwant Kaur ... Kaushalya Dhillon (Dev's mother)
Parakh Madan ... Rasika
Kuldeep Sharma Kuldeep Sharma ... Paro's father (as Kuldeep Singh)
Jimi the Quiff Jimi the Quiff ... The Twilight Players (as Jimi 'The Quiff')
Ammo 'Too Sweet' Ammo 'Too Sweet' ... The Twilight Players (as Ammo 'Too Sweet')
Sanjay Kumar Sanjay Kumar ... Leni's father
Sinbad Phgura Sinbad Phgura ... The Twilight Players (as Sindbad Phgura)
Aseem Sharma Aseem Sharma ... Bhuvan
Helen Jones Helen Jones ... Leni's mom


Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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Emotional Atyachar is been credited as song of Rangeela and Rasila where in it was sung by composer Amit Trivedi and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya. See more »


Dev calls Paro and the time shown in the movie is 11PM. Just after the call Dev goes to buy liquor but Dev is staying in Delhi and in Delhi liquor shops are closed by 10PM. See more »

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The film's name appears twice, once as the character's name and then as the film's name itself. See more »


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Yahi Meri Zindagi Yahi
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Aditi Singh Sharma
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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A riveting DevD(as) with a quench for more than his morbid soul
8 February 2009 | by rao-subodhSee all my reviews

Let me helm AK as the new czar of motion picture extravaganza ...

With a conforming applaud to the concept visualization by Abhay Deol himself , AK and co-writer Vikramaditya Motwane concoct a tale foretold adding the backdrop and zing of contemporary Ludhiana , Delhi !

The beauty of narrative is that it doesn't speak in dialogs but rather gratifies on the senses of the viewer . The editing is brisk and is noteworthy of its nuances to help add the necessary twists in the plot.Fresh music with loads of it helps to contemplate the emotions of the protagonist.

It isn't banal or prudish ..the dialogs are witty and minimalist !

For those who have watched the archaic DevDas , it's overwhelming to match "loosely based original characters " to our new era real life DevD( trying to empower his childhood love or trying to understand what love really is ), Paro ( Very Indian but yet liberating and sexually charged and also at par with the ultimate Indian "aadarsh" Bahu agnostics ) , Chandramukhi ( A thumbs up to the Sex industry which preaches what the whole world tries to echo in darkness and unlike the world which then raises fingers of indignation and loathe - CMon India did preach Kamasutra long back )not to forget Chunni( an amiable friend but a pimp of the sorts ).

The ensemble has done a worthy job . Newcomer : Mahie Gill easily transitions from a vulnerable lover girl to a mature responsible lady , Kalki Koechlin epitomizes the naiveness of a teenage girl whose social stigmata con-volutes her essence of life into an awry ordeal which she readily accepts and moralizes as a state of "Trying to move on .." And Abhay ( I read him being at someplace learning Wood Carving during the release of this movie ) - ( is purely a treat to watch ..the way he triumphs in being a sole loser who worships Vodka and doesn't chastise himself rather acclimatizes himself to the corner of the world called "SELF" -- the virility shown by his hairy bod -- a pungent antonym to chest waxed embellishments -- 10 kg's lost for this role -- shows the kind of efforts put on screen )

All of this with a maverick Director's surreal vision ( trademarks being his liking for water and snow .. he uses them as props and landscaper's to unearth the beauty of the far .. No Smoking had loads of it) is a cinematic milestone in itself ...

If your above 18 then go with a heart of redemption, lust , despair striving to the ultimate nemesis with oneself --- you shall be a winner !!!

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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Dev D See more »

Filming Locations:

Chandigarh, Punjab, India See more »


Box Office


INR60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,950, 8 February 2009

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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