May 25, 2020
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Devdas Forever

Devdas Forever
Atul Loke
Devdas Forever
  • Gulzar started filming his version of Devdas in 1976 with Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Sharmila Tagore. R.D. Burman composed two songs for the film. It was abandoned after ten days of shooting.

  • There have been at least one Tamil, two Bengali, one Malayalam and two Telugu remakes. The last regional version was in Bengali. It flopped.

  • The first version was made in Bengali in 1928 by Nitish Chandra Mitra. Nachghar, a journal, said it was well-scripted despite its theatrical "ruggedness." But others said the film, starring Phani Burman, would make the Bengali youth take to alcohol.

  • The 1935 Devdas was made by P.C. Barua in Bengali and Hindi, with K.L. Saigal playing the hero in the Hindi version. The Bengali version was lost for many years till a print was discovered in Bangladesh.

  • The 1955 remake, shot by Bimal Roy, was a favourite of auteur Ritwik Ghatak who used it to teach cinematography to his students.

  • Devdas has become a generic for a loser. In Phir Subah Hogi, Raj Kapoor was berated for behaving like one. Mehboob's 1936 film Manmohan, starring Surendra, was billed as a poor man's Devdas. Guru Dutt's Pyaasa too had shades of the 'loser' figure.
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