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Movie Review: Daas Dev

April 27th, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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Movie: Daas Dev
Cast: Rahul Bhat, Richa Chadda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Saurabh Shukla, Sohaila Kapur, Anurag Kashyap
Writer: Sudhir Mishra, Jaydeep Sarkar
Director: Sudhir Mishra
Our rating: 3.5/5
Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihwimHKNTnI

Hindi cinema have many versions of Devdas, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s immortal character, who takes the path of dissoluteness over self-determination in his pursuit of self-love.

Many cinematic recreations have have presented an image of Devdas as the eternal Indian lover. Sudhir Mishra’s story is a combination of all sorts, including Shakespeare and history. Fashioned more as a political thriller than a story of love, Sudhir Mishra’s film reminds us of his memorable Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi, which was similar with three youthful characters, bitter romance, and recreation of an India during the Emergency.

Daas Dev is an ambitious project but does not have enough impact, the film is good in scenes but does not succeed as a whole. Set up in UP, it opens in 1997, with a dominant political family and its set up. After twenty years, we see Dev Chauhan (Bhat) being positioned to take on his family legacy, his childhood sweetheart Paro (Chadda) as a political rival, and Chandni (Aditi Rao Hydari) understands when to let go, and when to take over.

We are told about the feelings between this troika, never really seeing anything earth-shatteringly intense overtaking them. The point that in this day and age pure love is a myth, and the only way it can work is transactional is valid, but not executed well enough: it doesn’t help that Bhat is bland, and Chadda is familiar in her feistiness. Rao Hydari stands out: there may be an actor in her after all.

Mishra has come-up with this political intrigue, with Saurabh Shukla, who is great in his role as the man behind the throne, Dalip Tahil as the cunning businessman who does not talk below crores. Vipin Sharma is seen as impactful as an associate with focus on the main chance, Anil George plays a loyal friend, Sohaila Kapur as a widow with power, and Deepraj Rana with one of the most entertaining scenes in the movie.

A fine ensemble, with common belief that all politics is for personal gain and not for the good is the faulty plot.

Photo courtesy: www.indianexpress.com

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