Devdas is director Bhansali's third venture after past
hits like 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' and 'Khamoshi'. The director who has
been proved to have a way with telling stories doesn't disappoint this
round too. But the film which is perfect technically and has abundance
of grandeur, feel etc lacks in totality as the script falls back in places
and is little dragging after intervel. Credit goes to the director for
handling some of the sequences deftly. Drunken encounters between Devdas
and Chunibai could have been avoided.
As far as performances are concerned, lovely and dainty Aishwarya as
Paro walks away with the crown with her excellent performance. She fits
the role perfectly. Madhuri as Chandramukhi also carries her role well.
Shah Rukh excels in some sequences but this is not one of his best performances.
Others worth mentioning are Kiron Kher who is superb as Paros mother and
Ananya as Devda's sister in law.
Devdas is a treat to the eyes with exquisite sets, elegant costumes and
jewellery, beautiful dance sequences choreographed by the famous Birju
Maharaj and breath taking cinematography by Binod Pradhan. Definitely
worth watching just for its grandeur, commercially whether it will be
a success has to be seen.