Dev D - Notepad

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quick review:

Three characters tell you they are only human. They are all insecure. They are self-destructive when in love. They are directionless. And unfortunately, this last sentence can be said about the film too. While the characters are superbly set-up individually, when woven together they just don't gel. And the standards set by the start leave you feeling high and dry by the time it reaches the finish line.

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Plot Summary

Dev (Abhay Deol) and Paro (Mahie Gill) are madly in love with each other. But it doesn't work out. All distraught, Dev takes on to drugs and alcoholism with a vengeance. Along the way, he meets Chanda (Kalki Koechlin), a commercial sex-worker.

What Worked

  • The way the sexual innuendos are worked into the movie - carrot, cocks, hand pumps, etc.
  • The tributes to Madhuri Dixit and Devdas.
  • Paro's dignity and style of self-destruction.
  • Portraying a prostitute as a savior, a Florence Nightingale.
  • Chanda' attraction to Dev because he looked like he was in pain. I'm not sure if this was intended by the writers but that's what it came across as. She felt useful as a person not as a body.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • A girl in Bhatinda carries a mattress across town without a brow being raised? Sure she gives some explanation to her parents, but that sounded lame.
  • Great song - 'emosonal atyachaar'...but why would anyone pay for a song about 'torture caused by love' at a wedding party??
  • The two women sitting outside Chanda's room. For some reason, they bothered me.
  • The trio in the 'jalte jalte' song. Looked very out of place.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

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