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Devdas (2002 film)

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Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by Bharat Shah
Written by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay (novella)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (screenplay)
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Madhuri Dixit
Aishwarya Rai
Music by Ismail Darbar
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Editing by Bela Segal
Distributed by Eros International Ltd. (UK)
Release date(s) 23 May 2002 (Cannes)
12 July 2002 (India)
Running time 182 min.
Language Hindi/Urdu
Budget Rs 1,000,000,000
$22.3 Million (approximately)
IMDb profile

Devdas (Hindi: देवदास, Urdu: دیوداس) is a 2002 Bollywood film based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella, Devdas. This is the third Bollywood (Hindi) version and the first colour film version of the story in Hindi. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, stars Shahrukh Khan as Devdas, Aishwarya Rai as Paro and Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi.

At the time of its release, it was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a budget of Rs 1,000,000,000 and at a cost of approximately US$22.3 million. This record has been supposedly been surpassed by Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna[citation needed]. The movie was the biggest box-office grosser of the year.[citation needed]

Aishwarya Rai's performance as the sensitive yet haughty Paro and Madhuri Dixit's as the dancer Chandramukhi were highly appreciated.[citation needed] Shahrukh Khan's performance as the rebellious alcoholic Devdas is often considered one of his best performances, garnering him a Filmfare Award. The song Dola re Dola became a hit with its unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. The video received significant airplay on MTV Asia.



Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Sir Narayan Mukherjee, a zamindar, and his wife Kaushalya have heard that their younger son, Devdas, is coming home from a law school in England to their mansion in Tal Sonapur, Bengal. On the day of his return, Kaushalya tells everyone in the family to close their eyes so that she will be the first person to see him. Her plan backfires when on his first back to Calcutta, Devdas goes to see Paro first, igniting Kaushalya's dislike of Paro. Paro is Devdas' neighbour and childhood friend, though the years have turned their friendship into love.

It seems to everyone that Devdas and Paro will get married, but Devdas's vindictive sister-in-law Kumud reminds Kaushalya of Paro's maternal lineage which consists of dancers. When Sumitra announces her desire for the lovebirds to marry, Kaushalya rejects and humiliates her in public. In retaliation, Sumitra vows to ensure that Paro will get an even better marriage, and it is soon arranged that Paro will marry Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry, a forty-year-old widowed aristocrat.

Paro still loves and wants to be with Devdas, but after he gets into a fight with his father, he flees to a brothel and leaves a letter for her stating that love had never existed between them. At the brothel Devdas meets a good-hearted dancing courtesan named Chandramukhi, who falls in love with him. After staying at the brothel for a while, Devdas realises the error of his choice.

Devdas returns to Paro at the time of her wedding to Bhuvan Chaudhry and asks her to elope with him. Paro refuses, remembering the way he had discarded her so easily. Devdas is heartbroken from both losing Paro and his family's love, and so he moves to Chandramukhi's brothel and becomes addicted to alcohol. Devdas eventually becomes so sick that the slightest overdose would kill him. Chandramukhi, who cares deeply for Devdas, tries to get Paro to convince him to stop drinking, but they do not succeed.

Spoilers end here.


Shahrukh Khan: Devdas Mukherjee
Madhuri Dixit: Chandramukhi
Aishwarya Rai: Parvati ('Paro')
Jackie Shroff: Chunnilal
Smita Jaykar: Kaushalya
Manoj Joshi: Dwijdas
Ananya Khare: Kumud
Milind Gunaji: Kalibabu
Dina Pathak: Bhuvan's mother
Vijayendra Ghatge: Bhuvan Choudhry
Kirron Kher: Sumitra
Tiku Talsania: Dharamdas
Ava Mukherji: Dev's badi-ma
Jaya Bhattacharya: Manorama
Sunil Rege: Neelkant
Vijay Crishna: Narayan Mukherjee
Amardeep Jha: Kalibabu's mother
Apara Mehta: Badi Aapa
Muni Jha: Kaka
Radhika Singh: Yashomati


Main article: Devdas (soundtrack)
Devdas cover
Studio album by Ismail Darbar
Released 2002
Genre Soundtrack/Filmi
Ismail Darbar chronology
Devdas: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Shakti: The Power

The soundtrack features songs composed by Ismail Darbar.

  1. "Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka" – Shreya Ghoshal
  2. "Maar Dala" – Kavita Krishnamurthy,Kay Kay
  3. "Bairi Piya" – Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal
  4. "Kaahe Chhed Mohe" – Pt. Birju Maharaj, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Madhuri Dixit
  5. "Chalak Chalak" – Udit Narayan,Vinod Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal
  6. "Hamesha Tumko Chaha" – Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan
  7. "Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki" – Udit Narayan
  8. "Morey Piya" – Jaspinder Narula, Shreya Ghoshal
  9. "Devs Last Journey - The Theme" – Rashmi Sharma, Supriya Raghav Chatterjee
  10. "Dola Re Dola" – Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shreya Ghoshal, Kay Kay


It won 10 awards at the 2002 Filmfare Awards:

Screen Award

IIFA Awards


  • Normally, two or three generators would have been used for a film, but this production used 42. This disrupted the outdoor marriages in Bombay as all the generators were being used for the sets. The film also used 2,500 lights, 700 lighting men and a large number of junior artistes. By the time Zamindar Bhuvan's haveli had to be designed, Bhansali's budget was eaten up.
  • Paro's delicate stained-glass house was erected from November to June - safe, non-monsoon months, Bhansali assumed. During those months, there were four unprecedented rain showers, which caused the colors in the stained glass to run, and they had to be retouched regularly. Moreover, dollys were rolled over the floors of the house, which led to a lot of chipping.
Madhuri Dixit's promotional shot as Chandramukhi in Devdas
Madhuri Dixit's promotional shot as Chandramukhi in Devdas
  • The set of Chandramukhi's kotha was constructed around a lake. Consequently, the water in the lake kept drying up and gallons of water had to be regularly filled in. Moreover, the bridge built across the lake had a tendency to sink at all the wrong times.
  • Devdas is one of the three films in India that have won the most awards at Filmfare Awards, the other two are Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Black with the most wins.
  • Madhuri Dixit was pregnant when shooting began.
  • The role of Devdas was first offered to Salman Khan but he declined.
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali initially considered Kareena Kapoor for role of Chandramukhi, but he later realized she was too young and amateur to play the role of a courtesan.
  • The sequence where Paro's mother, Sumitra, is made to dance at a social gathering was inspired from a recurring nightmare of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's - his mother's utter humiliation.
  • Devdas was the first recent Bollywood film to receive an invitation to Cannes.
  • Devdas was India's entry in the foreign film category for the 2003 Academy Awards
  • Ismail Darbar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali spent two and a half years composing the music for the Devdas soundtrack. Each song, being complexly structured, had to be mixed 8-9 times and the recording took ten days.

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Films directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Khamoshi • Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam • Devdas • Black • Saawariya
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