Daas Dev
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Daas Dev

Hindi
DramaThriller
27 Apr, 2018
2 hrs 20 mins
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Daas Dev is a political thriller in which Dev is not a loser but a person who takes control of his life. He gets addicted to drugs and alcohol and eventually becomes hungry for power. Whether Dev manages to rid himself of these addictions and how Paro and Chandramukhi figure in his already convoluted life forms the crux of the story.
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Verdict: A political drama that leaves us wanting more. From the director of movies like Dharavi, Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi and Yeh Saali Zindagi comes yet another interesting drama titled Daas Dev. The man Sudhir Mishra is not known to make the typical commercial films and he makes this known once again with Daas Dev. Starring Rahul Bhat, Richa Cha... ...Read full review
Dedicated at once to Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, William Shakespeare and freedom fighter-politician Dwarka Prasad Mishra (the director`s own grandfather), Sudhir Mishra`s first film since 2013`s Inkaar is an audacious, dizzying, pulsating drama that merges two literary classics, Devdas and Hamlet, and transports them to a place light years away from their respective cores. ...Read full review
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay`s novel, Devdas has captured the imagination of filmmakers in the past and continues to do so even today. Set in contemporary times, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra`s Daas Dev borrows not just from this novel but also from William Shakespeare`s play, Hamlet, to tell a story that essentially tries to capture the dynamics of dynastic politics in India. ...Read full review
Sarath Chandra Chattopadhyays novel Devdas has been interpreted mainly as a romance till now. Both Bimal Roy and Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave us a love triangle and so did Anurag Kashyap, who turned it into a sex romp in Dev D. Sudhir Mishra however has interpreted it as a political thriller. ...Read full review
One could (rightly) argue this film, despite its inverted title, direct references to drunk Devdas, his paramour Paro from a lower class, and the prostitute Chandramukhi, doesn`t quite count as a full-on adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay`s 1917 novel of the same name. Which might be a good thing. ...Read full review
This modern retelling of Sarat Chandra Chatterjees epic text on the brooding lover who takes to the bottle with an unwavering passion for self-destruction, is anything but that. The social construct of the time when Devdas was written perhaps, validated the story of minimum possibilities. And any contemporary adaptation would have to account for alternatives. But this one spreads its wings in all directions and loses focus of the core. Also a take on the Bards Hamlet, this ones a bit overambitious and chugs down more than it can chew. ...Read full review
Hindi cinema can never have enough of Devdas, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyays immortal character, who chose dissoluteness over self-determination in his endless pursuit of self-love. Many cinematic iterations over the years have steadily crafted, and grafted, an image of Devdas as the eternal Indian lover. Sudhir Mishras retelling bungs in some Shakespeare and a bit of personal history, and comes up with a mixed bag of a movie. ...Read full review
Sudhir Mishras long in the making adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay`s Devdas turns out to be an overambitious, overindulgent film. A blend of Devdas, Shakespearean storytelling and Mishras own life, Daas Dev follows the life of Dev Pratap Chauhan and his journey from Daas to Dev. Belonging to a powerful political family of a small town in UP, Dev is an alcoholic who, after witnessing the death of his father in an accident as a kid, is fostered by his uncle and mother. There comes a time when he has to return to his native place to join his family business that is politics. ...Read full review
The tale of Indian politics is not an easy one to tell - the unmitigated thirst for power, and the perpetual struggle between morality and greed. Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra attempts to paint a political thriller with Daas Dev but unlike his previous works, does not quite succeed in painting a cohesive picture. ...Read full review
`What`s in a name?`, said William Shakespeare and Sudhir Mishra`s `Daas Dev` starring Rahul Bhatt, Richa Chadha and Aditi Rao Hydari exactly echoes this sentiment when you visit this modern retelling of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee`s epic novel, `Devdas`. Nope, this film doesn`t have a brooding lover who takes to the bottle with an unflagging passion for self-destruction. ...Read full review
There are many problems with Daas Dev but lack of ambition isnt one of them. Director Sudhir Mishra, who has also co-written the story, takes one of Indian literature and cinemas most beloved characters Devdas and marries him with an iconic Western counterpart Hamlet. Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay meets Shakespeare. On paper, it is electric. On screen, its a mess. ...Read full review
Now where did that come from? Has Sudhir Mishra just given us Indian Cinema`s first Soap Opera Classic - a Soap Opera for all our daytimes and all our nightly longings? In its essence, his latest, Daas Dev, is a reimagining of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay`s novel with more than one plot-point plucked from Hamlet. But what Mishra seems to recognise is how much his two source-materials resemble the stories we read in gossip magazines or the kind we tell each other in hushed voices by the water cooler. ...Read full review
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