Directed By: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
K & L wanted to watch Devdas after we finished K3G... by that point it was three a.m. and I managed to stay awake until my favorite words in film history ("Every-time I breathe") were said and then I passed out from exhaustion. They claim that they stayed awake to watch the whole thing, meaning that they went to bed somewhere around 7 or 8 a.m. Pagal!
This morning K (L was still asleep by the time I went home around noon) told me that she loved to look at it, but hated the movie. She's the soft hearted type and found the anti-hero, self-destruction and very unhappy ending a bit too rough for her.
Even when he's a dying alcoholic he's beautiful
Thats why I like it! The first time I saw it I kept thinking "Everyone is going to get redeemed from this hell-hole they're in, they just HAVE TO!" I was so shocked at the end and felt ill with the "closing the gates at the very last second" that I wanted to scream; but I still felt fulfilled by the movie.
Perhaps it's the extravagant, elaborate and costly sets, costumes, music and spectacle of the whole film. Maybe I dig a good anti-hero (and I do), maybe it's because Paro decided she wasn't going to waste her time with a guy who ran away from her, maybe it's the millions of glinting mirrors that adorn everything and make the film literally glitter, maybe it's Madhuri Dixit, and I'm going to reckon a lot of it is Madhuri Dixit.
Madhuri has so much feeling in her inflection and the way she delivers lines. I was watching, well listening to the movie while falling asleep so I could only concentrate on the voices and hers was beautiful, tragic and poignant.
I love the dancing and music in this film because it's so old-school. Indian classical all the way (with the exception of Dola re Dola, which still rocks). The preciseness of the dancing gives the film a very polished look while keeping the audience's attention because it just looks so different from other film dancing.
Ash and Shahrukh also make a beautiful, beautiful couple. I love seeing them paired together because it works so well, and I wish it happened more often. Kirron Kher gives one of my all-time favorite performances in this movie, how graceful and regal she is as she narrates the downfall of Dev and his family and stands up for her own daughter.
Second only to the Gazebo scene in KKHH, this is the best of SRK's Nose Acting.
Devdas is just one of those films where I like to turn off the subtitles, sit back and actually watch because it defines beauty.