Dev D

Me thinks, the most interesting part in the film 'Dev D' occurs only at the fag end of it - when Dev supposedly gets a realization, as a car nearly runs over him. Unfortunately, the events in the film unfold very rapidly after this point and before you can blink, the film ends. It therefore becomes nearly impossible to savor this change in the character’s thought process and hence, in his life. I wished that it had got more screen time and I wished that the purpose of this film itself was this transformation.

Otherwise, I thought, the ‘materiality’ of the film maker with regards to his film was quite evident.

Comments

Dr. Gonzo said…
I agree. The second half should have been longer.

I also firmly believe that it is very difficult to separate Anurag Kashyap the man, and Anurag Kashyap's films.

I do not normally do this, but perhaps you would like to read my post on the film (one amongst them)

http://theevilp.blogspot.com/2009/02/emotional-atyachaar-dev-d-scorches.html
Ramchandra PN said…
thanks for the comment.
I do agree that after a point the film and the filmmaker cannot be seperated - be it Anurag or anyone else.
read your blog. You have an intense writing style...
My husband saw the film when I was out of town for a couple of days, and he told me the film depressed him, he was pissed off for two days.

Now I am wondering if I should see this film or not...
Ramchandra PN said…
It can be depressing... mainly because the 'redumption' of the character is very unconvincing and is given less of screen time...
it makes one wonder if the filmmaker is really serious about the redumption of his character. If u take that away, then the whole film is about how one man tries to dig his own grave. Yes, it can sound depressive.
Dr. Gonzo said…
Thanks Ram.

About people being depressed after watching this movie, it is because Anurag's film belittles all the problems that you think you have. It just rubbishes them all away, and for a while you do feel empty and worthless.

The redemption of the character is unconvincing, because honestly Anurag himself doesn't know whether redemptions happen or not. It is as things happen in real life, at any point in your life. You do not really know. But you can always hope. And that is what the movie is.
Ramchandra PN said…
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Ramchandra PN said…
Prakriti - I have no access to Anurag's personal life to know if he belives in redemption or not. But assuming from the screen time that he gives to the change over of the thought process of the character in his film, I would tend to agree that redemption is not one of his main concerns.

As you have said, maybe, hope is.

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