‘I am not making Devdas’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Feb 2018 10:52:39


Director Sudhir Mishra says fans expecting to see another version of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1917 classic Devdas will be disappointed with his film Daas Dev, which is a completely different take on the story and deals with the addiction of power.

While the director, best known for his 2005 cult classic Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin and Chameli, acknowledged Chattopadhyay’s book as an inspiration, he said he has reversed the story. The film also carries some Shakespearean elements.

“I am not making Devdas. My film is not based on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel. I apologise to him for reversing the story. If you want to see his version then don’t come and see it. I am acknowledging the inspiration.

“(But) This is a different story. The film is about addiction of power and through that there is Dev, Paro and Chandni. Pressure is always there when you make a film. We all have worked very hard on it,” Mishra told reporters at the trailer launch of the film.

Mishra is a well-respected figure in the directors’ community and that was evident in the presence of over 20 top directors from Hindi cinema including names like Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ketan Mehta, Rahul Rawail, Vijay Krishna Acharya, Abhishek Kapoor, Nikhil Advani and Mudassar Aziz during the movie launch.