Sudhir Mishra says that the idea of making a film on Devdas, the Bengali novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, was first suggested to him by his “interesting, and provocative friend”, media personality and producer Pritish Nandy. He had started working on it, but he lost the impetus to carry it forward after he saw Dev D (2009); he thought the Anurag Kashyap film said pretty much everything he wanted to say in his adaptation. Maybe not. Mishra revived his Devdas a few years later, and that film, featuring Rahul Bhat, Richa Chaddha and Aditi Rao Hydari, will release soon.
Mishra has lived with Devdas, which has had a number of film adaptations in different languages including Bengali, Assamese and Telugu, for a long time. He has only seen the Hindi ones. From PC Barua to his own, the director of films such as Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003) and Chameli (2003), takes us through the Hindi films based on Devdas down the ages.
PC Barua’s Devdas (1932)