Sudhir Mishra On Daas Dev, And The Other Hindi Films On Devdas, Film Companion

Sudhir Mishra’s Daas Dev (2018)

Sudhir Mishra On Daas Dev, And The Other Hindi Films On Devdas, Film Companion
After I had got bored with the idea of making my own Devdas, it struck me – What if Devdas is not Devdas but Hamlet? What if he grows up in a political dynasty; if Paro is the daughter of his father’s political secretary, who lives in their outhouse, and there is a rift between Paro and Dev. Chandramukhi is the seductress, fixer, manipulator who politicians refuse to acknowledge. She is mysterious, and she retains that fatal flaw of attraction for Dev, but won’t walk away with a resignation. All three are addicted to power, and their journey is to liberate themselves. There is a lot of Shakespeare, Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Sharat babu, and my maternal grandfather, DP Mishra, who was the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in the 1960s. He was close to Indira Gandhi. He walked away from it when she came to power. When I’d asked him as a child, why he did that, he’d said, “Power is not yours, because you come from a certain womb.” He became ordinary. We didn’t have a life of privilege at all, my father was a mathematics teacher, and I came to Bombay and became a production assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra. I constructed Daas Dev from this whole idea.

 

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