Adapted from Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s book and inspired by Bimal Roy’s Dilip Kumar earlier role as ‘Devdas’, the movie is a classic slice of a bygone era.
The film is the tragic love story of Devdas (Shahrukh Khan), Paro (Aishwarya Rai) and Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit). All three bold characters who loved intensely and fiercely but whose love remained unfulfilled.
Devdas and Paro are childhood sweethearts who are separated for ten years when Devdas is sent to England to study by his strict disciplinarian father, and the film begins as his family eagerly celebrates his return from his enforced exile. But to his family’s disappointment, ten years of absence has only intensified Paro and Devdas’ love…
The first cracks appear as Devdas forgoes his family to see Paro, planting the seeds in his family that will ultimately be his and Paro’s undoing. While the happy couple blissfully spend time with each other dreaming of a future together, his family get busy planning another fate for him.
After a cruel humiliation of Paro’s family, her mother swears revenge. Heartbroken and distraught, Devdas leaves home while Paro is married off into a high-class ‘zamindar’ family. With the future looking bleak Devdas turns to alcohol and Chandramukhi, a renowned courtesan to nurse his aching heart. But the signs for a happy ending only seem to lessen further when the sensuous prostitute falls deeply in love with Devdas.
Also starring Jackie Shroff as Chunnilal and support from Kiron Kher, Smita Jayakar and Vijendra Ghatge, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has spared no expense in creating lavish, breathtaking sets that transport you to a world filled with grandeur. Enhanced by music scored by music maestro, Ismail Darbar, each melody is haunting; staying with you long after the film is over.