Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dev D.

Movie is dark, psychedelic, a drunken stupor, melancholy yet far better than Saratchandra’s Devdas which prefers death over life; gloom over bliss. Dev D. celebrates life despite of the dark humor that prevails in the whole movie.

I got a call from my college friend Megha and she was sounding too excited for a day like Monday. I said, “Hey Meghs what’s up girl?” And, she talked in the spookiest way I have expected of her ever. “We are going for Dev D this coming Thursday or Friday” I was like, “Ok no problem! Who else is coming along?” So, it was our trio- Megha, Deepa, and Me going for a movie. I wanted to watch Delhi 6 on Friday but she insisted on Dev D which she couldn’t watch with her family. I agreed. I did hear a lot of hype about Dev D and the steamy- adult scenes it has. Phew!! In whole of the movie, in whole three hours I didn’t get to see anybody getting nude practically. This is how grapevine works- people went on to say that this is a porn. Deepa was literally commenting at every scene” where the damn Porn is? Now, I was bit uncomfortable with such remarks and tried to hush her but do she cares? Never! Guys sitting right behind us were popping up now and then to check her out. Aaah! And, the actual steamy scenes were going right at my right hand side where literal thumping had begun. I was just at loss since how hard I tried keeping my gaze off that couple still it wandered there through corners of my eyes.

Though I'm not a big movie freak yet I watch movies nevertheless. I prefer watching offbeat cinema. And, nowadays we are almost greeted with some kind of hatke movies from bolly platform. Dev D. is one of those kinds which I definitely check out. So, here are some of my reflections on this new flick of bollywood starring Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Kalki Koechlin, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya. Now, Anurag Kashyap has done some too-apt and in-consonance with the present day world. I do not say that there are not too-honest lovers in the world. There are guys who love their girl like anything and go to any extent for their love’s sake. But, please cut this crap. No more such love stories look so enticing to Indian audiences anymore. They need love story, of course but with a swiveling twist-“masala marke” types of love stories. This means that they want to see themselves-a lover right from the common herd stalking the face of earth stalking on-scren instead of those fantastic lovers like Dilip Kumar of Classic Devdas and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas.

Guys and girls used to fall in love in past and they do so today even. The difference lies in their understanding and handling of situations. Love doesn’t always meet happy ending so be prepared for whatever comes in your way. Often parents become hurdle in the way of lovers (classic Devdas story) and sometimes misunderstandings may happen to be one of the reasons for splitting up of lovers (Dev D).

Abhay Deol has become my favorite since his debut in Socha Na Tha with Ayesha Takia and Apoorva Jha. He has flair of a common man which looks so real and I feel every one sitting in audience can relate himself with Abhay on-screen. The tone, the gestures, the movements, looks, personality is too familiar. It’s as if someone from your acquaintance is in front of you.

Coming back to Movie- Dev D – a millennium take on Sarat chandra’s Devdas. He would have gone neurotic after seeing this version of his novel on screen. Complete psychedelic mood throughout the movie. Somebody who loves vodka will sure shot love their fav beverage being promoted the way it’s done in the flick. ‘Coke ke sath Vodka’- well, I prefer Limca with Vodka otherwise neat.

Now, our young stud is not in habit of calling his father ‘dad’ and chap has valid reason, “grand mum calls you Sattu mum call you Sattu then why shouldn’t I call you Sattu.” Consequently father sends him off to London for further studies. Now, movie opens with our young Dev waiting for Paro who comes running amidst the fields of Punjab. Typical Punjabi kudi with salwar kurti and loose hair. She brings some paranthas along with no “achar” and gets bullied with brash Dev. She says “Sattu tujhe dhundh raha hai.” Poor Sattu even manager’ daughter calls him by his lovey-dovey name Sattu. The scene is followed by Dev getting punished and as a result sent to London. Meanwhile Paro and Dev remain in touch via electronic mails and phone calls. He asks her coyly on phone, “do you touch yourself?” Not only the dialogue but the tone in which it’s being said is too personal and very much like that of an ordinary man-someone amidst us. This is what actually happens and not the fancy words used by Shahrukh and Akshay Kumar in real life (self-righteous and idyllic lover boy image). Of course people talks of so many romantic stuff but this is how a young man in love with a girl living miles apart talks the way our 21st century Dev did with Paro. Now, Paro sends a nude picture of hers to Dev and I was really expecting him to burst into pleasure  but on the contrary he called her and with heavy throat and a gasp said “Paro, I’m coming.” And, there and then Deepa shot a remark- “Silly girl you should have mailed him earlier and break up this long wait.”

Now, Dev arrives to find a wedding going on and you can see the desperation in the couple to get done with it. But, of no avail! They don’t get place to rest their heat. Often they get caught by girls’ father. And such I the desperation Paro aska a village fella whom she had given favors previously for the keys of his room to which he refuses blatantly. The same fellow tells how hot she is in bed to Dev who forsakes her. Now, that’s what an ordinary chap does instead of being mahan all the time- manager ki ladki, not apt to be daughter-in-law of our home and so on…

Paro is a modern girl and not a traditional bhartiya nari( who will sit and pine for Dev and become devdasi) she accepts the proposal of marriage by a middle aged man and father of two kids. She too catch Dev having her would-be’s sister in his room. This is the end of Dev’s love life.

He is portrayed as typical stud who keeps blaming world for his miseries, Paro for running his life, betrayals, and drinks, drinks, and drinks. As he is a modern Devdas so resorts to Drugs and Vodka.

On the other side of the world of Dev D there is this school girl who striptease for her boyfriend and he makes MMS and sends to all. She is ruined, expelled out of school, family devastated; father watches the MMS and shoots himself. Mother takes to drinking and tries to get her a preposterous looking (man with hint of lascivious inklings) suitor, she flees to Pind in Punjab where her grand parents keeps torturing her for her father’s death, again she flees from there back to Delhi, a female dalla eyes her and takes her along and proposes her to stay with them –work and study along. She gets enrolled for 12th boards again and scores well. She tells the broker (modern day chunni laal) when she is ready for business and then begins her role play of an American school-girl-slut-game. She earns and learns-gets enrolled in DU for B.Sc. Hons. Now her room is a special suite wherein forlorn lover Dev lends after huge bout of vodka and calls Paro’s name in drunken stupor. Now, this girl Lenny opts herself a name Chanda (the alternative for going whole length Chandramukhi) for herself. And, you have those mushy phone-sex overhearings of Abhay Deol when client seeks to have orgasmic pleasure in Tamil. She gets trained and hones her orgasm-faking-sessions-to-shell-off-goodsum from clients over the period of her stay in the “VIP Suite.” Dev is successfully lured in by modern day Chunni and invited over to Lenny’s chamber where he overhears her phone-sex session in Tamil. The best is yet to come when she calls herself a “randi” and says that people like Dev (Abhay) prefers calling Escort, call girl and blah blah blah…. This is true, tour so-called elite societal men loves having night outs and coffees and do the same fucking stuff yet they prefer using decent names(pun intended). She says, “Let not him come second time lest I’ll fall in love,” and so it happens. She falls in love only to be awakened from trance when modern Chunni fearing that she might lose business sends a client over in her room while she was off for college classes. Abhay leaves-drinks “Vodka with Coke”, rides over sleeping beggars on footpath, called in for lawsuit, sent over to Punjab where father gets expired after listening his son’s acts, on the way back to Delhi to show up in court bribes driver who gets him(Abhay) drunk and throws him in drunken state and runs off with money that was given to Dev for lawyer’s fees.

Dev realizes that it’s Chanda he needs and not Paro, it’s the former who loved him irrespective of his follies so the hunt begins. He goes to her previous place only to found that she had left it. Once on one of their evening parade in town, Chanda took him to a momo eating stall where she loves to come whenever depressed. Dev goes there in state of utter desolation and dejection and the stall boy who had been given tip by Dev during good pocket-filled times keep serving him momos without taking money instead. Then one day he finds Chanda sitting in an Auto. They get back together and she shows him ring which he forgets in her “VIP Suite” considering it for herself. However, the ring he bought for Paro which he doesn’t feel is of much importance so never mentions it to Lenny). Now, Lenny and Dev heads for a new life.

There are people who have been talking about Dev D. being overtly sexual throughout the length- so for this I would like to say , go and read the novel, it is full of sexual connotations appropriate to the times hen it was written. Expressions of sexuality differs and changes from time to time. Come on man it’s twenty first century and what do you expect from an escort chanting some hymns.

  • When Dev was in state of utter desolation,, broken with Paro’s marriage, Lenny tells him- when you re in pain you need to talk and consoles his bereaving heart.
  • Similarly, when Lenny tells him of her life-MMS scandal, her father’s suicide she says, “ instead of consoling me and saying ‘jo ho gaya so ho gaya ab aage ki zindagi dekhni hai’ my father shot himself dead and left me exposed and alone in front of vultures( man & woman in world). At this juncture Dev says, “idhar aa” holds her in his arm, “koi baat nahin beta jo ho gaya so ho gaya, main hun tere sath.” Don’t you think so this is the master stroke of the movie? It is indeed!
  • This is what ought to be done in such situations instead of debarring person guilty. If Lenny’s father would have said so and instead of shooting himself in mouth protected her from world out there, things would have been different for her. I agree it takes lot time to cover up such blunders but time is biggest of healers we shouldn’t forget this.
  • Women in the movie are not stereotypical women dying to have Dev in their arms. They are modern woman who act on their will and have better understanding of their acts and their consequences. They are free to choose. Paro when demeaned by Dev no more lingers after him, leaves him straight away and gets onto wedlock. Chanda knew Dev is a man who thinks he is being tortured, he is the one who had received “emotional atyachar” yet she loves him to leaves her brothel life for him(indeed for Good!
  • A good moral I say- “Man is a Slut”- “All humans are slut” we all at some time, place an situations bargains of our dignity, life, pride, chastity owing to the enslavement by our own emotions.
  • Anurag Kashyap has given new life to Devdas( so is the name Dev D.), Paro, Chandramukhi. No more dying! Paro gets insulted by Dev who calls her slut so she in turn insults him by showing him his stature- when she goes to meet him in his stinking room, cleans it up and make it worth living into, washes his cloth and then doesn’t allow him to have her. She says, “tujhe teri aukat dikha rahi hun.”
  • Whole of the movie has hint of sexuality- of course everyone do have sexual desires so is the vent required. Paro takes her own way, Dev has his own means, and Chanda is forced by her circumstances.
  • Dev of Dev D. unlike romantic and fanciful Devdas of novel realizes that he needs to bring his life on track. This reminded me of Plato’s adage- “Never trust (love?) a Man more than the truth.” While searching Chanda he stops by telephone booth to call her and suddenly a car gets crashed their and the man dies on the spot. This incident was a turbulent jolt on the psyche of Dev who realizes that it’s high time when if you do not want to die like a mongrel then wake up , stand up and get of out of the mess right away. This is the ideal way and not the one like that of classic Devdas story where lover dies on the porch of his lady love. Be reasonable, it’s the need of present times. Isn’t it?

In strictest sense movie is honest, fair part is given to all characters. In classic Devdas tale Why Paro and Devdas loves has been shown as a complete which is in fact enshrewed with vanity, pride, false honor, and stubborn mind’s workings. And, why Chandramukhi who loves Devdas with her whole heart and leaves her profession (her only resource of eking out life- since prostitutes were not allowed to get into decent professions) just for his sake not being exalted as Paro? Paro, as per Indian traditions is wrong on her part since once you have entered into marital vows in front of the pious fire you ought to forget your past and love the person you get married to. It becomes your “Dharm and karm.” How can such women be pious who even in a marital relation keeps loving man from her past life? Isn’t she a prostitute in real terms? But, she is a sung lover so how can people protest against her image. Chandramukhi is after all a prostitute whose love should not be considered in bright light and glorified terms. No justice should be done to her character; she should be left to pine for her whole life.

Dev-Chanda theme music and songs are delight to ears. And, “emotional atyachar” is in fact what every character keeps fighting throughout the movie and the said ‘atyachar’ is done none other then by themselves.

Characters are carved on free canvas with free hand brushes. No one is being forced to take any decision. Whatever characters are was done in complete conscious state of mind with no pressure from society, parents, and traditions. They are modern, educated, and intelligent enough to understand the situations.

Anurag Kashyap has portrayed his heroines in brilliant hues of independence, sexuality, desires, choices, emotions, and determined will. These two heroines are foils to each other and are fiery. They know what is best for them and are not going to let any “fucking Men” usurp their “Will To Decide & Be.”

Anurag Kashyap must get pat on shoulder for doing terrific job. I liked movie and loved it for being Honest I may have left so many important points may be later I may come up with some left-overs in the post but as of now I’m done with this review and hope that readers whosoever they be have enjoyed this review.

Movie: Dev D

Banner: UTV Spotboy

Genre: Romantic Drama

Producer: Ronnie Screwvala

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Star Cast: Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Kalki Koechlin

Release Date: 6th February 2009


Love is a strange phenomenon that engulfs your whole personality and drowns you into oblivion hard to break. When you love someone the whole meaning of your life and your existence in it changes to its very core. You cannot just remain what you were. You tend to become someone whom you have never met with. All of a sudden you start feeling tremendous impulses running through your veins like warm blood. These impulses get their vent in myriad ways irrespective of your conscious self. You do what you have never done; you speak what you have never thought of. The whole of your existence goes wayward snatching you hither-thither.

You, who have always been too confident, smart and untouched with vile envy, get it imbued in your cells so much so that you act weird owing to its effects on you. You become vulnerable to all sorts of emotions and lose hold over your reason.

This doesn't implicate that Love makes you bad and has wrong impressions on your life. Love is a sublime process which like any other living process is vital for human existence. Howsoever people try to avoid it, it happens, happens to every one of us.

Now, let me make myself clear that here I'm not talking about love for parents, siblings, kith & kin as for every relation it has definitely same meaning and definition but different expressions and ways of expressions. When you say "I love my Parents"- then do not misunderstand it as a love that you have cultivated for them within you. It is something inborn- you are born with that feeling, for them. They are the ones who brought you to this world so no doubt you will love them in all its exuberance, intensity, and purity. When you love your siblings then it's in your blood. You are one in flesh and blood borne out of same parents. Friends are the beings who form a family out of your home province with whom you spend half of your growing years playing, sharing secrets, gossiping, studying, and supporting.

After this comes a stage in life when you are no more a kid who doesn't know ways of life, who is no more a teenager who needs to understand various stages of growth & development and come to terms with self physiology & psychology. You become an adult who starts understanding the world around in its complete sense. You have become mature enough to understand the meanings of various human relations and have developed good sense of judgment as well (no human is perfect so stumbling is a natural tendency). This is the time when your secondary sex characters have also developed fully and you start recognizing your tastes and inclinations.

Humans are social animals so they need to have a society, companionship i.e. a sense of belonging. Getting attracted to a being other than you is a natural human tendency- man attracts woman and vice versa. (There are other exceptions as well where man-man-gay; woman-woman-lesbians.) This is the time when you really start looking for a companion- one who belongs solely to you and you to them. Man to woman is like oxygen to life.

There are various stages of falling in love with someone other than your family, kith & kin. And, this loving becomes so special because here there is no blood relation, no social relation, and not even a mere humanity- it's beyond every other relation- your whole life chemistry gets involved in it.

Now, this is where I need to stop hurting my keyboard and give it some rest. Some reading and analysis is to be done before I move further on. I hope I can write some good piece worth spending time on.

Though, most of my writings are dramatic monologue or rather call them as monologues to myself yet if anyone finds it worth reading then please do bear the felicities since I'm no expert just a scribbler who out of habit of making fingers dance on paper hopped on to this e-paper.

P.S. All words and concepts made here are mere my personal observations.

What It Is To Be A Woman?

One of the most interesting phenomenon in day-to-day life is the "scanning." No, don't tell me you thought of scanning a photograph out of that junk attached to your PC. I am talking about live scanning of a girl walking down the street or standing right in front of you behind the counter or in queue.

Men have such a tendency to scan your body from your dress even if it is not made of a see-through fabric. They start off with your lips to eyes and then to lips and then glide down following the curves of your chin to your neck's deep and then straight to the cleavage. And, this is when you start feeling someone checking you out. Until then you are not even bothered or rather say you don't even realize that you have been checked-out by someone. You really really feel bad yet a tingling begins bubbling up within you. You just feel like finding out who is the chap looking at you. If your connoisseur is a dashing & handsome hunk then you feel pride. All of a sudden your attitude changes and air of smashing hit on table circles around you. Forbid me! If the chap scanning you is an ugly looking middle aged man then you feel like cursing him and using swear words on the top of the voices. You say all sorts of nonsense calling him a scoundrel and an impotent bungler who has no respect for women.

See! This is how woman psychology and instincts work. Don't blame poor us. How to survive in such a world where double standards prevail? If a man turns around to check out a girl then it's too happening but if a girl turns around to check the smart dude in a group then she is a loose woman. Now, in such case what should be done? You definitely enjoy being checked out. You love to be praised and paid compliments to but you just cannot welcome such remarks from anyone not on your acquaintance list. Being a woman you must be in limits and follow decorum set for your sex since ages.

But, But, But Girls times have changed a lot considerably. No more being shy about your feelings and desires. Open up and be a sport! Do what you feel like doing. Be what you feel like being. Just one advice you should adhere to: Do not do anything that puts blotch on your feminine spirit. Woman are one of the most sublime being created by Lord Almighty. She is being endowed with art, culture, tradition, shame, beauty, sublimity, motherly affections, maiden's bloom, delicacy of flowers, and brilliance of hues. So, make sure that you do not lose any of these qualities while pursuing your dreams and striving to attain your individuality.


Blogging has become kind of passion for me now. Blogging about ramblings of my confused self that keeps searching for meanings expressed beyond words. And, let me tell you this is the worst part of my character that I try to reach for something which is not visible to common understanding. Now, tell me, what's the use of hankering after something which is too difficult to attain? But, I think this is a very natural human tendency to go for what is beyond our grasp. The Game! Isn't Life An Interesting Game? Every fraction of second spent breathing is so unpredictable and fun. Yeah! I said fun! This is what exactly our life is- if we see it as a fun it will be a great adventure with lots of twists and turns to make your stomach churn with tickling.

This is I suppose third so-called blogaventure I'm embarking on. Gauche! What a crazy weirdo I am. Dream-Dreams- this is what I'm wholly made up of. Tit-bits of everyone's dream[s]- This is what Nicky stands for! So, here I'm trying to get myself lost in the world as a stranger and find out what the hell is going on! :) Oh Lord! This finding-out-oneself-game has become an integral part of my living. LOL!