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


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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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Anurag Kashyap stated "It was during the FIFA world cup 2006. I was at the Mariott watching a match, Abhay was with me. The match wasn't happening. He told me he had an idea, a story. I said ,"ok tell me". He narrated me a story of a stripper in a L A strip club and a guy who is attracted to her. The guy had a back story, an unrealised love story. After he narrated the whole story, he asked me guess what is it. I couldn't. He then told me it is Devdas. I looked at him. I never thought before that moment, that Devdas could be retold like that. That was where Dev.D was born. Now me and abhay go way back. Much before he wanted to be an actor. Vikramaditya Motwane my co-writer on dev.d has been abhay's best friend since they were in school, probably 8 or 9 years old. Vikram i met in 1994 but really got to know him in 1999 when i was working on water and he was assisting deepa. We spent some great time together in Varanasi, doped out rebelling and generaly happy. Water wasn't to be made that year, but we stuck with each other. I went on to make my first movie Paanch that very year and Vikram was the director of songs and also the sound designer of the movie. I met abhay through him. At that time I had a general aversin to people from film families. Abhay was refreshingly different. He stayed on his own, he sketched( Abhay before he became an actor , did some story boards for the blast scenes of Black Friday for me), he would make cartoons on the T-shirts and sell them in Goa. He was a hippy born in a film family, Boston educated, sketching, drawing, artist. We hung out. I introduced him to sanjay routray who introduced him to imtiaz ali and an actor was born. The actor who I think is the indian equivalent of an early Johnny Depp. I never thought he had even a remote chance as an actor. He always told me that," you don't think i can have a career." and because i didn't wan't to hurt him, i would lie but i believed that. Today I eat my words. After "socha na tha" Imtiaz told him that how will he make a career or even expects to survive without wanting to sing and dance and he smiled, he didn't care. same Imtiaz after "oye lucky..." told him that you have made a place for yourself and there is no way they can throw you out. Abhay was right, we were wrong. After I saw Ek Chaalis , and i talked about it here on PFC i really wanted to work with him. Before that I would humor him and say lets do something but let the right script come my way. Well, he showed me the way. And today I feel very happy when Zoya Akhtar tells me, I always liked him, Farhan said , he is very exciting and even Nikhil advani goes on raving about him. Well dev.d was conceived but nobody really wanted to do it. They were scared and No Smoking put the fear of devil in them,until i met Vikas Behl. I actually met him to pitch him Aamir but ended up pitching both and he was excited. Amit Trivedi was someone Shilpa Rao recommended to me. I remembered her from the the time she was a kid and she came to my house to meet me with her mother. She was participating in some talent show. Much later when i was doing no smoking, i met her and told her to make me meet a new exciting voice on the music scene. Does not matter if he hasn't done a thing, but he has to have his own voice. Two days later she brought Amit trivedi. I had my doubts on him. Largely because of his name. He did not sound like a musician. I heard his sample music and that was brilliant. I did not have a script at that time. I gave him a situation based on what Vikram told me , he was doing with the script and asked him to come up with a song. This was seven months before i met vikas and then i forgot about it. After Vikas liked what i told him i wanted to do with devdas, amit called me one day and he said he has arrived at a song. I took vikas with me and went there. He played "duniya" to me. Was I blown!!!! and then he said it took him six songs to arrive at Duniya. I said can i hear those six. And he played them. Six bloody brilliant songs, i told him i will take them all. They are all in the movie. That is the moment that dev.d became a musical.I went back to the script and rewrote it. and what came out was brilliant, brilliant in terms of temptation, it made me greedy, i wanted more music, more songs to make it feel complete. Emotional Atyachar followed and its rock version and more. The film changed, music changed the film, Amit trivedi changed the film. The essence, the soul remained but the way it is told. The way it unfolded, the way i looked at it changed. And that was just few days before we were going on the shoot. Something I was yet to figure out. When you make a film like Dev.d , one is dealing with hell of a lot, perceived indian morality being the mother of them all. one has to practice some kind of self censorship without killing the soul of the movie. My dev is not just an alcoholic, he is a today's kid, he goes beyond alcohol, he is a coke-head, he experiments with other drugs too, but is it necessary to show it. i wanted a way out. I wanted to figure out a way where without showing the drug abuse and a lot of drugs we could somehow portray that. I did not know the way out. Our shooting began. first schedule in london, again talked about on PFC. I called Danny Boyle. A social call because I was in london, because i would often meet him , infact hosted him once when he was in bombay. Danny invited us to lunch. Me , abhay and Rajeev Ravi my camera man went. A small place in Soho where apparently a lot of film people hang out. We got talking about his post on Slumdog and my Dev.d. I told him what i wanted to do, and he told me about how he shot slum dog on SI-2K and he also told me about a still camera, a nikon DS-3 or something that was developed for war photographers that can shoot up to 11 frames per second. He shared the entire technology(now public knowledge courtesy American cinematographer) that he pushed for, got developed and used for SDM. He gave us the details for where to get that camera from. He got them from germany or holland. I immediately ordered for it, got it while we were shooting in Punjab and did a test shoot on it, saw the results and decided to go ahead with it. All the trippy shots you see in the promos after abhay throws the glass at the wall was shot on that camera, thanks to Danny Boyle. Well rest later.". 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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Emosanal Attyachaar - Rock Version
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Bonnie Chakraborty
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Two thumbs up for AK's piece of art.
7 February 2009 | by salilpalkarSee all my reviews

Well I had been waiting for over two months for this film to release. And It has been worth the wait. Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D is a contemporary take on the immortal Devdas, whose boldness will dazzle you, to say the least. The direction and screenplay, as expected, are top-notch. The music is terrific, and has been used creatively to take the story forward. The performances are excellent too, with Abhay Deol delivering a brave, powerful performance that won't be easy to forget. Mahie Gill and Kalki are very impressive too. Watch this movie also for some gems- Paro going in the fields to get laid with Dev with mattresses tied to her bicycle and Chanda and Dev in the sauna-there are many more I promise. AK has successfully ironed out the flaws in the original Devdas, and that's what makes this dark film also a feel-good film at times. AK has handled sexuality and some real-life incidents (MMS scandal, BMW hit- and-run case) in a very mature manner, without being sensationalist. Don't miss it for anything. Watch it for its sheer audacity.

"I give a 10/10 and two thumbs up for AK's newest piece of art."

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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (India) See more »

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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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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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