Devdas (2002 Hindi film)

For other uses, see Devdas (disambiguation).

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by

Bharat Shah

Red Chillies Entertainment
Screenplay by Prakash Kapadia
Based on Devdas by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Aishwarya Rai
Madhuri Dixit Nene
Jackie Shroff
Kirron Kher
Dina Pathak
Milind Gunaji
Narrated by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music by Songs:
Ismail Darbar
Background score:
Monty Sharma
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Edited by Bela Sehgal
Distributed by

Mega Bollywood Pvt.LTD
SLB Films

Universal Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
12 July 2002
Running time
185 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget est. 500 million (US$7.4 million)[1][2][3]
Box office est. 840 million (US$12 million)[4][5]

Devdas is a 2002 Indian romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Devdas. This is the third Hindi version and the first film version of the story in Hindi done in colour.[6][7] The film follows Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan), a wealthy law graduate in the early 1900s, who returns from his studies in London to marry his childhood sweetheart, Paro (Aishwarya Rai). However, the rejection of this marriage by his own family sparks his descent into alcohol, ultimately leading to his emotional deterioration. The film was screened retrospective, during the 2014 International Film Festival of India in the Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section.[8] Devdas was declared a hit in India by Box Office India and won the Filmfare Award for Best Film. The film also won five National Awards and a further nine Filmfare Awards, tied with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge with the most Filmfare Awards any film had won at the time (later beaten in 2005 by Bhansali's Black).

It was received well by western audiences alike and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was also India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was ranked #74 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.[9] Time Magazine named Devdas as the best movie of 2002 among all the movies released around the world that year.[10] The film was recently included in Time Magazine's top 10 movies of the millennium worldwide.[11]

The acting was seen by many as the primary factor for the film's success, with Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit all winning Filmfare Awards for their performances. The film's success was also attributed to the dance performances, with Dixit's "Maar Daala" considered one of the most iconic of her career and the song "Dola Re Dola" becoming a hit due to the unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, two of the leading actresses of the epoch. At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of 50 crore (US$7.4 million).[1] The film was a major commercial success in India and abroad, becoming the highest grossing Indian film of the year.


In the early 1900s, Kaushalya (Smita Jaykar) hears that her younger son, Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan), is about to return home after leaving 10 years ago for law school in England. Kaushalya tells her neighbor Sumitra (Kirron Kher), who is overjoyed.

Sumitra's daughter, Parvati "Paro" Chakraborty (Aishwarya Rai) and Devdas share a deep friendship rooted in childhood. When Devdas was sent to England, Paro had lit an oil lamp to prompt his return and never allowed it to extinguish.

When Devdas returns, the childhood friendship between him and Paro turns to love. Everyone believes that Devdas and Paro will get married, but Devdas' scheming sister-in-law Kumud (Ananya Khare) reminds Kaushalya of Paro's maternal lineage of nautch girls and nautanki performers, which is inappropriate for the Mukherjee family. Sumitra publicly announces her desire for Devdas and Paro to marry, and Kaushalya rejects and humiliates her in public by saying that she is from a lower class. Devastated, Sumitra hastily arranges Paro's marriage to a man from a family wealthier than the Mukherjees: Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry (Vijayendra Ghatge), a forty-year-old widower aristocrat with three grown children.

When Devdas' father also rejects Paro, Devdas leaves his parents' house and takes refuge at a brothel. He leaves a letter for Paro, falsely stating that love had never existed between them. At the brothel, he meets a good-hearted tawaif (courtesan) named Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit), who falls in love with him. Soon, Devdas realizes his mistake in abandoning Paro. He returns to her during her wedding and asks her to elope but Paro refuses, reminding him of the way he had discarded her so easily.

Paro learns from her new husband that he has married her only to be mother to his children and lady of the estate, but that his love is only for his late first wife. She dutifully fulfills her responsibilities, while Devdas, heartbroken at having lost Paro, permanently moves to Chandramukhi's brothel and becomes an alcoholic. When Devdas' father is on his deathbed, he asks to see his son Devdas, but Devdas arrives later, at his father's funeral—shamefully and obviously drunk. He causes a scene and eventually passes out.

Eventually, Devdas becomes so ill that the slightest dose of alcohol could kill him. He returns to the family home to heal, and discovers that his sister-in-law has stolen his mother's keys to the family safe. He confronts her but Kumud tells his mother that Devdas had stolen the keys. His mother believes her and Devdas leaves, banished. Paro arrives at Chandramukhi's brothel, accusing her of driving Devdas to drink, but quickly realizes that Chandramukhi loves Devdas. Paro urges Devdas to stop drinking, but Devdas remains stubborn. He promises Paro that before he dies, he will come to her doorstep one last time.

Paro invites Chandramukhi to a celebration of Durga Puja at her husband's home and introduces her to her in-laws without revealing Chandramukhi's profession. However, Bhuvan's ill-natured son-in-law Kalibabu (Milind Gunaji), a frequent visitor to the brothel, reveals Chandramukhi's background and humiliates her in front of the guests. He also tells Bhuvan of Paro's relationship with Devdas. As a result, Bhuvan permanently forbids Paro from leaving the mansion. Devdas tells Chandramukhi that she must let him go, and decides to travel the country; on a train, he meets his old college friend Chunnibabu (Jackie Shroff), who urges him to drink in the name of friendship. Devdas drinks, knowing full well it will be fatal.

On the verge of death, Devdas travels to Paro's house to honor his promise, collapsing under a tree in front of the main gate. Paro runs through the mansion, attempting to reach him. Bhuvan sees this and orders the servants to shut the gates. Devdas sees a blurred image of Paro running towards him, but the gates close just before she can reach him, leaving her sobbing inside. Devdas whispers Paro's name with his last breath as he slowly dies, and immediately Paro's lamp flickers out.


Khan played the central role of Devdas at the age of 37, receiving several accolades.
Rai played the role of Paro at the age of 29, establishing her foothold in the industry.
Dixit played the role of Chandramukhi at the age of 35, she was praised by critics for her performance.

Location and sets

The major part of the movie was filmed at Dharavi, Mumbai, recreating the early 20th century Calcutta.[6] Chandramukhi's kotha was constructed next to an artificial lake, to make it look like a set in Benaras on the Ganges.[12] A temple city surrounded the set, for which inspiration was taken from the Dilwara Temples in Rajasthan.[13] For the creation of Paro's room in a haveli 12,20,00,008 pieces of stained glass were used.[14]


Soundtrack album by Ismail Darbar, Monty Sharma and Birju Maharaj
Released March 1, 2002 (2002-03-01)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 52:56
Label Universal Music India
Ismail Darbar chronology
Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa
Shakti: The Power
Monty Sharma chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood[15]

The film soundtrack has been predominantly composed by Ismail Darbar, while lyrics have been penned by Nusrat Badr, Prakash Kapadi and Pandit Birju Maharaj. It features playback singers Shreya Ghoshal (as Parvati), Kavita Krishnamurthy (as Chandramukhi), and Udit Narayan (as Devdas). Ghoshal made her Bollywood debut through this film. She caught the attention of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who noticed her as a participant in Sa Re Ga Ma while she was singing a bhajan of Lata Mangeshkar, and later offered her the opportunity to playback for the character of Paro. The first Bollywood song Ghoshal recorded in her singing career was "Bairi Piya" when she was 16 years old.[16] She sang five songs in the album, which won her much critical acclaim and several accolades, including the prestigious National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Bairi Piya".[17] Aniket Joshi of Planet Bollywood gave 9 stars stating, "Rarely have we an album where ALL the songs are perfectly sung, Devdas is such an album."[15]

Devdas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No. TitleLyricsMusicArtist(s) Length
1. "Silsila Ye Chahat Ka"  Nusrat BadrIsmail DarbarShreya Ghoshal 5:26
2. "Maar Daala"  Nusrat Badr, Prakash KapadiaIsmail DarbarKavita Krishnamurthy 4:40
3. "Bairi Piya"  Nusrat BadrIsmail DarbarShreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan 5:23
4. "Kaahe Chhed"  Birju MaharajBirju MaharajKavita Krishnamurthy, Madhuri Dixit, Birju Maharaj 5:23
5. "Chalak Chalak"  Nusrat BadrIsmail DarbarShreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod 5:12
6. "Hamesha Tumko Chaha"  Nusrat BadrIsmail DarbarKavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan 6:02
7. "Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki"  Nusrat BadrIsmail DarbarUdit Narayan 4:32
8. "Morey Piya"  SameerIsmail DarbarShreya Ghoshal, Jaspinder Narula 5:40
9. "Dev's Last Journey" (The Theme) Monty SharmaRashmi Sharma, Raghab Chatterjee, Supriy 4:03
10. "Dola Re Dola"  Nusrat BadrIsmail DarbarShreya Ghoshal, Kavita Krishnamurthy, K.K. 6:35
Total length:


Reviewer Sukanya Verma writes, "Sanjay Leela Bhansali's labour of love Devdas is a larger-than-life, poignant and spectacular interpretation. Clearly Devdas is a work of art and heart. His penchant for colour, grandeur, heartbreak unspools throughout the film as it did previously in Khamoshi - The Musical and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The resplendent sets by Nitin Desai --- Paro's stained glass house before marriage, her towering mansion after marriage, Devdas' sprawling house, Chandramukhi's dazzling dance court, even the railway compartment --- are a treat to the eyes." About the dances, she writes, "Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saroj Khan storm the screen with some sensational choreography. Madhuri Dixit's dances are breath-taking.....For all its hype, grandeur, money, blood, sweat, music, tragedy, Devdas is a must-see for even the most pragmatic and unromantic."[18]

Film critic, Subhash K. Jha, gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5 stating, "Devdas is one of the most outstanding products of the much-maligned Bollywood. It is rich in visual details -- and hats off to Nitin Desai for his sets and Abu-Sandeep, Neeta Lulla and Reza Sharifi for their classy costumes.The characters don't just move in their breathtakingly ornate clothes that seem to have been spun from the most exquisite threads obtainable. Bhansali's characters speak and sing to the viewer. The opulence never smothers the immensity of Chatterjee's emotional tragedy. Hence the film requires at least two viewings for one to understand the visual and emotional layers the narration secretes. In telling the story of Devdas' doomed love for Paro, Bhansali goes beyond places where legendary Bimal Roy had taken the original text in his make of the classic in the 1950s."[19]

Critic, Taran Adarsh reviewed, "Devdas has the budget, the canvas, the mounting that no Hindi film can boast of to date. The opulent sets, the grandiose look, the mounting and the ambience makes you gape in astonishment. Technically too, the film is a superior product. The shot execution, the sound quality and the cinematography bowl your mind as you embark on a journey that promises the world as far as entertainment is concerned. Bhansali also deserves bouquets for handling several sequences with aplomb. The Kiron Kher vs. Smita Jayakar fiery confrontation (first half) deserves distinction marks. Ditto for the scene between Madhuri Dixit and Milind Gunaji, when the latter throws a challenge at her. The Madhuri vs. Aishwarya confrontation and the dramatic sequence soon after 'Dola Dola', when Madhuri confronts Milind, are a few instances that endorse the fact that Bhansali is amongst the best in the business."[20]


Filmfare Awards

Devdas won ten awards at the 2002 Filmfare Awards, and was the fourth film to win the four major awards (Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress).[22]

Award Category Recipient(s)
48th Filmfare Awards Best Film Bharat Shah
Best Actor Shahrukh Khan
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Best Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Best Supporting Actress Madhuri Dixit
Best Female Playback Shreya Ghoshal
Kavita Krishnamurthy for "Dola Re Dola"
Best Cinematographer Binod Pradhan
Best Art Direction Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Best Choreography Saroj Khan
Best Scene of the Year Confrontation scene between Parvati and Chandramukhi.
National Film Awards

Devdas won five awards at the 2002 national awards:

Award Category Recipient(s)
50th National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Bharat Shah
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
National Film Award for Best Art Direction Nitin Chandrakant Desai
National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal for "Bairi Piya"
National Film Award for Best Choreography Saroj Khan
National Film Award for Best Costume Design Neeta Lulla, Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla and Reza Shariffi
Star Screen Awards

Devdas won five awards at the 2002 Star Screen Awards:

Category Recipient(s)
Best Actor Shahrukh Khan (shared with Ajay Devgan)
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Best Supporting Actress Madhuri Dixit
Jodi No. 1 Aishwarya Rai & Shahrukh Khan
Screen Award Best Male Playback Udit Narayan for "Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki"
IIFA Awards

Devdas won sixteen awards at the 2003 IIFA Awards:

Award Category Recipient(s)
4th IIFA Awards Best Movie Bharat Shah
Best Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Best Actor Shahrukh Khan
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Kirron Kher
Best Female Playback Shreya Ghoshal and Kavita Krishnamurthy for "Dola Re Dola"
Best Dialogue Prakash Kapadia
Best Lyrics Nusrat Badr for "Dola Re Dola"
Best Song Recording Bishwadeep Chatterjee, Daman Sood, Tanay Gajjar
Best Cinematographer Binod Pradhan
Best Choreography Saroj Khan
Best Costume Design Neeta Lulla, Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla, Reza Shariffi
Best Makeup Arun Pillai
Best Sound Recording Jitendra Chaudhary, Vikramaditya Motwane, Kunal Sharma
Best Art Direction Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Best Sound Re-Recording Leslie Fernandes
Zee Cine Awards

Devdas won six awards at the 2003 Zee Cine Awards:

Category Recipient(s)
Best Film Bharat Shah
Best Actor – Male Shahrukh Khan
Best Actor – Female Aishwarya Rai
Best Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Best Playback Singer – Female Shreya Ghoshal
Kavita Krishnamurthy for "Dola Re Dola"
True Indian Beauty Aishwarya Rai
Best Choreography Saroj Khan
Stardust Awards
MTV Asia Awards

Devdas won the 2003 Asian Film Award.[23][24][25]

British Academy Film Awards

Devdas was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2003.

Box office

Devdas grossed 68.19 crore (US$10 million) in India and $6.5 million (31.68 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 99.87 crore (US$15 million), against its 44 crore (US$6.5 million) budget. The film had an extraordinary opening worldwide and recorded highest opening weekend and week of the year with collections of 19.83 crore (US$2.9 million)[26] and 33.45 crore (US$5.0 million) respectively.[5][27] It is the highest-grossing film of 2002 worldwide.[28]


It opened on Friday, July 12, 2002, across 325 screens, and grossed highest opening day of the year with figure of 2.09 crore (US$310,000) nett.[29] It became the second film to gross 2 crore (US$300,000) nett opening day after Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.... It also had highest opening weekend and week of the year with collections of 6.15 crore (US$910,000) nett[30] and 11.78 crore (US$1.8 million) nett respectively.[31] The film earned a total of 41.65 crore (US$6.2 million) nett, and was declared "Hit" by Box Office India.[5] It is the highest-grossing film of 2002 in India.[32]


The film opened to an overwhelming response outside India. It had an opening weekend of $2 million (9.75 crore)[33] and went on to gross $2.9 million (14.13 crore) in its first week.[34] The film earned a total of $6.5 million (31.68 crore).[5] Overseas, It is the highest-grossing film of 2002.[35]

'Devdas' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
41.65 crore (US$6.2 million)
Distributor share:
24.75 crore (US$3.7 million)
Total Gross:
68.19 crore (US$10 million)
(Outside India)
$6.5 million (31.68 crore)
Worldwide 99.87 crore (US$15 million)


Writing for BBC, Shamaila Khan said it was one of the best films she has ever seen.[36]

See also


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