Devdas (2002 Hindi film)

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Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by Bharat Shah
Written by Prakash Kapadia
Screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Prakash Kapadia
Based on Devdas by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Aishwarya Rai
Madhuri Dixit
Jackie Shroff
Kirron Kher
Dina Pathak
Milind Gunaji
Narrated by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music by Songs:
Ismail Darbar
Background Score:
Monty Sharma
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Edited by Bela Sehgal
Distributed by Mega Bollywood Pvt.LTD
SLB Films
Release dates
12 July 2002
Running time
185 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 500 million (US$7.8 million)[1]
Box office 840 million (US$13 million)[2]

Devdas is a 2002 Indian romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. This is the third Hindi version and the first film version of the story in Hindi done in colour.[3][4] The film follows Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan), a wealthy law graduate in the early 1900s, who returns from his studies in London to marry his childhood sweetheart, Paro (Aishwarya Rai). However, the rejection of this marriage by his own family sparks his descent into alcohol, ultimately leading to his emotional deterioration.

Devdas was declared a hit in India by Box Office India and won the Filmfare Award for Best Film. The film also won five National Awards and a further nine 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). It was received well by western audiences alike and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was also India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was ranked #74 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.[5] Time Magazine named Devdas as the best movie of 2002 among all the movies released around the world in 2002.[6] The film was recently included in Time Magazine's top 10 movies of the millennium worldwide.[7]

The acting was seen by many as the primary factor for the film's success, with Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit all winning Filmfare Awards for their performances. The film's success was also attributed to the dance performances, with Dixit's "Maar Daala" considered one of the most iconic of her career and the song "Dola Re Dola" becoming a hit due to the unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, two of the leading actresses of the epoch. At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of 50 crore (US$7.8 million).[1] The movie was declared a blockbuster.


In the early 1900s, Kaushalya (Smita Jaykar) hears that her younger son, Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan), is to return home after he had left at age 10 for law school in England. Kaushalya tells her neighbor Sumitra (Kirron Kher), who is overjoyed. Sumitra's daughter, "Paro" Parvati Chakraborty (Aishwarya Rai) and Devdas have shared a deep friendship since childhood. When Devdas went to England, Paro had lit an oil lamp to prompt his early return and never allows it to extinguish.

When Devdas returns, the friendship between him and Paro becomes love. Everyone believes that Devdas and Paro will get married, but Devdas' scheming sister-in-law Kumud (Ananya Khare) reminds Kaushalya of Paro's maternal lineage of nautch girls and nautanki performers, inappropriate for the Mukherjee family. Sumitra publicly announces her desire for Devdas and Paro to marry, and Kaushalya rejects and humiliates her in public by saying that she is from a lower class in society. Devastated, Sumitra hastily arranges Paro's marriage to a man from a wealthier family than the Mukherjees: Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry (Vijayendra Ghatge), a forty-year-old widowed aristocrat with three grown children.

When Devdas' father also rejects Paro, Devdas leaves his parents' house and takes refuge at a brothel. He leaves a letter for Paro, falsely stating that love had never existed between them. At the brothel, he meets a good-hearted tawaif (courtesan) named Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit), who falls in love with him. Soon, Devdas realizes his mistake in abandoning Paro. He returns to her during her wedding and asks her to elope but Paro refuses, reminding him of the way he had discarded her so easily.

Paro learns from her new husband that he has married her only to be mother to his children and lady of the estate, but that his love is only for his late first wife. She dutifully fulfills her responsibilities, while Devdas, heartbroken at having lost Paro, permanently moves to Chandramukhi's brothel and becomes an alcoholic. When Devdas' father is on his deathbed, he asks to see his son Devdas, but Devdas arrives later, at his father's funeral, drunk.

Eventually, Devdas becomes so ill that the slightest dose of alcohol could kill him. He returns to the family home to heal, and discovers that his sister-in-law has stolen his mother's keys to the family safe. He confronts her but Kumud tells his mother that Devdas had stolen the keys. His mother believes her and Devdas leaves, banished. Paro arrives at Chandramukhi's brothel, accusing her of driving Devdas to drink, but soon realizes that Chandramukhi loves Devdas. Paro urges Devdas to stop drinking, but Devdas remains stubborn. He promises Paro that before he dies, he will come to her doorstep one last time.

Paro invites Chandramukhi to a celebration of Durga Puja at her husband's home and introduces her to her in-laws without revealing Chandramukhi's profession. However, Bhuvan's ill-natured son-in-law Kalibabu (Milind Gunaji), a frequent visitor to the brothel, reveals Chandramukhi's background and humiliates her in front of the guests. He also tells Bhuvan of Paro's relationship with Devdas. As a result, Bhuvan permanently forbids Paro from leaving the mansion. Devdas tells Chandramukhi that she must let him go, and decides to travel the country; on a train, he meets his old college friend Chunnibabu, who urges him to drink in the name of friendship. Devdas drinks, knowing full well it will be fatal.

On the verge of death, Devdas travels to Paro's house to honor his promise, collapsing under a tree in front of the main gate. Paro runs through the mansion, attempting to reach him. Bhuvan sees this and orders the servants to shut the gates. Devdas sees a blurred image of Paro running towards him, but the gates close just before she can reach him, leaving her sobbing inside. Devdas dies, whispering Paro's name with his last breath. At the same time, the lamp that Paro had lit for him flickers out.


Khan played the central role of Devdas at he age of 37, receiving several accolades.
Rai played the role of Paro at the age of 29, establishing her foothold in the industry.
Dixit played the role of Chandramukhi at the age of 35, garnering critical acclaim.

Location and sets[edit]

The major part of the movie was filmed at Dharavi, Mumbai, recreating the early 20th century Calcutta.[3] Chandramukhi's kotha was constructed next to an artificial lake, to make it look like a set in Benaras on the Ganges.[8] A temple city surrounded the set, for which inspiration was taken from the Dilwara Temples in Rajasthan.[9] For the creation of Paro's room in a haveli 12,20,00,008 pieces of stained glass were used.[10] Additionally, there were a few accidents on set during the making, resulting in the death of 2 people.[11]


Devdas 2002 soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Ismail Darbar, Monty Sharma and Birju Maharaj
Released March 1, 2002 (2002-03-01)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 52:56
Label Universal Music India
Ismail Darbar chronology
Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa
Shakti: The Power
Monty Sharma chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 9/10 stars[12]

The film soundtrack has been predominately composed by Ismail Darbar, while lyrics have been penned by Nusrat Badr, Prakash Kapadi and Pandit Birju Maharaj. It features playback singers Shreya Ghoshal (as Parvati), Kavita Krishnamurthy (as Chandramukhi), and Udit Narayan (as Devdas). Ghoshal made her Bollywood debut through this film. She 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. The first Bollywood song Ghoshal recorded in her singing career was "Bairi Piya" when she was 16 years old.[13] She sang five songs in the album, which won her much critical acclaim and several accolades, including the prestigious National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Bairi Piya".[14] Aniket Joshi of Planet Bollywood gave 9 stars stating, "Rarely have we an album where ALL the songs are perfectly sung, Devdas is such an album."[12]

Devdas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No. Title Lyrics Music Artist(s) Length
1. "Silsila Ye Chahat Ka"   Nusrat Badr Ismail Darbar Shreya Ghoshal 5:26
2. "Maar Daala"   Nusrat Badr, Prakash Kapadia Ismail Darbar Kavita Krishnamurthy 4:40
3. "Bairi Piya"   Nusrat Badr Ismail Darbar Shreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan 5:23
4. "Kaahe Chhed"   Birju Maharaj Birju Maharaj Kavita Krishnamurthy, Madhuri Dixit, Birju Maharaj 5:23
5. "Chalak Chalak"   Nusrat Badr Ismail Darbar Shreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod 5:12
6. "Hamesha Tumko Chaha"   Nusrat Badr Ismail Darbar Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan 6:02
7. "Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki"   Nusrat Badr Ismail Darbar Udit Narayan 4:32
8. "Morey Piya"   Sameer Ismail Darbar Shreya Ghoshal, Jaspinder Narula 5:40
9. "Dev's Last Journey" (The Theme)   Monty Sharma Rashmi Sharma, Raghab Chatterjee, Supriya 4:03
10. "Dola Re Dola"   Nusrat Badr Ismail Darbar Shreya Ghoshal, Kavita Krishnamurthy, KK 6:35
Total length:


Filmfare Awards

Devdas won ten awards at the 2002 Filmfare Awards, and was the fourth film to win the four major awards (Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress).[16]

National Film Awards

Devdas won five awards at the 2002 national awards:

Star Screen Awards

Devdas won five awards at the 2002 Star Screen Awards:

IIFA Awards

Devdas won six awards at the 2003 IIFA Awards:

Zee Cine Awards

Devdas won six awards at the 2003 Zee Cine Awards:

Stardust Awards
MTV Asia Awards

Devdas won the 2003 Asian Film Award.[17][18][19]

British Academy Film Awards

Devdas was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2003.

See also[edit]

Box office[edit]

Devdas grossed 535 million (US$8.3 million) in India and was declared as a 'hit' by Box Office India.[20] The film was the highest grossing film of 2002.[20] It grossed 840 million (US$13 million) worldwide.[2] When adjusted for inflation, its total gross worldwide is 1.51 billion (US$24 million). [21]


Writing for BBC, Shamaila Khan said it was one of the best films she has ever seen.[22]


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