What can another story on Devdas do? I know the twists. I know the turns. I know the angst. But I was wrong. This movie has originality dripping through its pores.
I am not sure whether Dev D represents the new generation or not. Because if characterisation of the new Dev D is to be complete, he would not need a trigger of a ‘love lost’ to move down the ladder. And the new generation is lot more calculating and ambitious than Dev. But I like the defiance.
So what’s the most important innovation of Anurag Kashyap, scriptwise? The raw Delhi? The new Paro? Chanda? The reference to the recent news events? No.
Its the character of Dev. Its here AK hits the creative jackpot. Once the defiant, irritating, selfserving protagonist is established, the script literally writes itself. Everything falls in place itself.
When an upbeat ending was created, there is an inconsistency in the character of Dev. But it’s OK. I believe it did good to the box office collections. And now AK wont have to struggle again to make another Gulaal.