20 January, 2021

“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”
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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.

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