Dev D - External Reviews

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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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45 reviewers have given Dev D an average rating of 4.1/5.0 (?)

31 yays
3 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...Technically, this film looks extremely chic. It has been edited really well, right from transitions to keeping it short. Camerawork is top class.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Everyone’s favourite literary loser turns to drugs in a beautifully textured, audaciously crafted drama.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema ...Dev D is what you would simply call a stylish and scholarly film.... full review

Thumbs up by Abhishek Mande, Buzz18 ...Performances of the three actors – Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill and Kalki Koechlin who play the protagonists hold the film together.... full review

Thumbs up by Faye D'souza, DearCinema ...Anurag Kashyap has out done himself. Again.... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...Deol. Motwane and Kashyap’s screenplay is full of wit and humour. One great thing about the film is that this otherwise gloomy story never leaves you grim faced.... full review

Thumbs up by Deep, Deep's Home ...Anurag Kashyap rocked this time, though 2nd half needed some re-work but I really loved his different style of directing the movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...he story you know. It's Devdas. In spite of that, Dev.D is something you haven't seen before.... full review

Thumbs up by Samrat Sharma, ...Anurag Kashyap's latest is not so much a flawed marriage of art and commerce, it is a complete triumph of vision; so thoroughly the work of, dare I say, an auteur, that it feels absolutely stunning.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'souza, ...Every character stands out; every scene is a dream. Kashyap takes ordinary moments and peppers it with rappers to skillfully drive home the point with lyrics to match the mood.... full review

Thumbs up Intermission, The Bookeazy Blog ...Dev D! It leaves you spellbound with never-imagined craze on the Indian cinematic canvas.... full review

Thumbs up by Amit R Agarwal, merinews ...Abhay Deol. Amazingly restrained, gives an excellent act.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...What really lifts the film are the performances and the audacious screenplay, written by Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. It tends to lack coherence in places though... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Mumbai Mirror ...The concept is evidently credited to Deol, the devoted leading star of this film. It’s laudable how in a short span, the actor has scripted for himself a career that could make for a mini middle-of-the-road retrospective already:... full review

Thumbs up by Ajay Khullar, Now ...The editing is dizzy and effective, the music good in parts, the performances by all three lead actors are spot on - extra marks to Kalki.... full review

Thumbs up by Jahan Bakshi, Now ...What could have been a poetically tragic, bittersweet tale of two wounded, lost souls finding momentary happiness together becomes an exercise in futility and for the viewer, often sheer frustration.... full review

Thumbs up by Smriti Vij, Passion for Cinema ...The film felt ‘real’ to me. There is realism in the images of Punjab, Delhi. There is realistic detail in the spaces, characters - how they speak, react; realism of the kind that is once again making its presence felt strongly in our mainstream Hindi cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Nimish Atra, Passion for Cinema ...Dev.D is technically brilliant - Cinematography, Sound design, Settings, Editing (especially the first half) are as good as this movie deserves.... full review

Thumbs up by Thani, Passion for Cinema ...D. Anurag Kashyap’s greatest triumph with Dev.D is his smuggling a world cinema vibe and sensibility into a mainstream Hindi film... full review

Thumbs up by Medha Dutt, Passion for Cinema ...The film is definitely a must-watch. True, it is a take on Devdas, but it is a film where Paro and Devdas (especially the latter) grow up.... full review

Thumbs up by Ravptor, Passion for Cinema ...I loved the film, the 2nd half especially… with no jokes, no intrepid references, no raunchy women… just rowdy existence waiting to self destruct.... full review

Thumbs up by Rusted Rick, Passion for Cinema ...DEV.D is not a joy ride in the park, its not the film to watch with your Paro, it’s a hard grueling, torturous journey into Kashyap’s Heart of Darkness.... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar, Passion for Cinema ...From spoken words to unspoken emotions, from eyes that meet to eyes that shy away, from outbursts to guilt trips, from lost causes to lazy strolls, Dev D is quite an ode, to the road, to the after hour walks, to the very joy of aftertaste.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhasish Chakraborty, Passion for Cinema ...Dev.D has Anurag’s incalculable love for the medium... full review

Thumbs up by Pragya Tiwari, Passion for Cinema ...Anurag Kashyap has not adapted Sharatchandra’s Devdas. He has set it free from a gas chamber of confined meanings where it fought long and hard to survive.... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Kashyap's real surprise lies in the way he makes the story work, about how he avoids cinematic pitfalls and makes perhaps the most honest version of the character.... full review

Thumbs up Screen ...Well knit plot with appropriate dramatic turns, this is one romantic adventure that goes beyond titillation... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...If you’re done with delicate romances, and want to sample an edgier love story, get the ticket to this one.... full review

Thumbs up ...While making the movie the director has applied the modern technique in all its aspects. His film is just different from others' Devdas in all aspects... full review

Thumbs up Times of India ...Dev D is indeed a coming-of-age film, not merely for the protagonist, Devender Singh Dhillon, but it is a brilliant breakthrough for Bollywood too... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...Weaving a modern tale out of a timeless story, Kashyap presents ‘Devdas’ in a brand new ‘Dev D’ avatar– one can easily identify with the protagonist.... full review

So-So by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Kashyap deserves toast for brewing an old wine masterfully in new bottle. But what ‘Dev D’ lacks is emotional appeal.... full review

So-So by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...Though Dev D is an adaptation of Sarat Chandra’s Devdas, many things can be experienced for the first time.... full review

So-So by Abhishek Bandekar, DearCinema ...If nothing Kashyap’s version will go down as one of the most pro-feminist staging of the text, presenting in Paro and Chanda two mature women aware of the biased sexual standards of a patriarchal society... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Despite the clever new approach and its stylish telling, the flaw that hurts the film ultimately, is the fact that Devdas is never an engaging enough character and his story lacks soul.... full review

So-So M TV ...In its first forty odd minutes Dev.D sucks you into its drama, shocking you with its brazenness, and more specifically with Kashyap's audacious re-imagination of the plot and its characters.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ... Anurag Kashyap and Devdas are a match made in celluloid heaven.... full review

So-So by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...The setting in modern day India is spot on.... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, ...Anurag Kashyap at last sheds his obstinate inaccessibility as a filmmaker.... full review

So-So by Harshita Kohli, StarBoxOffice ...Dev D is all about Abhay Deol and the actor has done a fantastic job. The pain, anguish and confusion are depicted so well by him that he deserves an award for that alone.... full review

So-So by TheThirdMan, Upper Stall ...The screenplay needed to be far tighter and seems to lack meat in the second half.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...Abhay Deol is natural. Mahi is decent, while Kalki shows sparks in a few scenes only. The balance cast, including the actor playing Chunni, are strictly okay.... full review

Thumbs down by Goher Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...Abhay Deol plays his cards well and impresses. Mahi appeals and Kalki too attracts with acting. Rest of the cast is okay.... full review

Thumbs down by Sampurn, real bollywoood ...The film somehow is salvaged to a large extent by the two leading ladies Mahi Gill and Kalki.... full review