A new version of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic novel, Dev Das, this time directed by Sudhir Mishra, and titled “Daas Dev” is going to be released on 16 February 2018. The movie stars Rahul Bhat as Dev, Richa Chadha as Paro and Aditi Rao Hyadri as Chandramukhi, and will take place in modern Uttar Pradesh. The atmosphere of the movie is going to be more political too. The movie had been announced since 2016, but had suffered from some setbacks, until it was revealed that Richa Chadha will be playing the role of lovelorn Paro, while Rahul Bhat is going to tackle the challenging role of the tragic Dev.
This is the fourth iteration of the classic novel, and the most famous and critically acclaimed from all the versions has been DevDas, which was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhasali, and starred Shah Rukh Khan as Dev, Aishwarya Rai as Paro and Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi. It was released in 2002, and recieved worldwide recognition for its acting, writing and direction. It was also nominated for a Bafta for Foreign language movie, and was mentioned in many best of year lists.
But according to Sudhir Mishra, “Ultimately it became a film about power as it gets into the way of love. It became a reverse journey because if ‘Devdas’ is a journey from a noble person to a ‘das’, this is a journey from ‘das’, a person who is a slave to his addictions and the dynastic ambitions of his family, to Dev.”
“It is about how he liberates himself, how he breaks free and ultimately achieves a kind of nobility which is essentially what a ‘dev’ is. Hence, ‘Daasdev’.”
There have been previous successful version of the novel that have modernized the setting and the characters, chief among them is Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D, which took the drama to a narcotic hush and madness.
Sudhir Mishra's #DaasDev – a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel #Devdas – to release on 16 Feb 2018… Stars Richa Chadha as Paro, Aditi Rao Hydari as Chandni and Rahul Bhat as Dev, the film is set against the backdrop of politics… Check out the pics: pic.twitter.com/RBSK3W9GqC
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— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) December 28, 2017