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“Devdas Is Also A Kind Of A Feminist For Going Ahead And Destroying Himself”

Sudhir Mishra speaks to Outlook on his new venture, a political thriller that retains Devdas' Shakespearean fatal flaw.

“Devdas Is Also A Kind Of A Feminist For Going Ahead And Destroying Himself”
“Devdas Is Also A Kind Of A Feminist For Going Ahead And Destroying Himself”
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2018-03-10T10:55:48+05:30

Sudhir Mishra, who has given us memorable films like Dharavi and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, has not been able to ward off the charm of the epic love ­tragedy Devdas. Only that, he has turned it around, literally to ‘Daas Dev’, and made a political thriller that retains its Shakespearean fatal flaw. Here, he talks to Prachi Pinglay-Plumber about power as addiction and if true love is possible ­in our dense, chaotic times. Excerpt from the interview.

You took your time with Daas Dev  

The project ran into some problems, but then a new producer came along. Initially, I was making it myself. Then Sanjeev Kumar of Saptarishi stepped in and the project revived; also at that point I started reworking the script. So, in a sense, the delay is my fault. But I couldn’t help it as the film kept evolving as I wrote. Quite literally from Devdas, it ­became Daas Dev.

How did the title turnaround happen? Have you also twisted the basic story?

When I write, the script evolves. The film became a political thriller and Devdas became an heir to a political legacy. I thought: What if Devdas had to come and take over that legacy? What if Paro was the daughter of his father’s best friend, who died...and what if the fight between the families was of a political nature? What if Paro stood in opposition to Dev...and then who is Chandramukhi? If Dev is an heir to a political legacy who will be the woman he will refuse to recognise? Hence, Chandni (Chandramukhi) became like many other women we see in the corridors of power. They are the fixers and manipulators of political deals. However, she retains the fatal flaw of being in love with Dev. But will she sacrifice herself for him? Maybe...

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