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”

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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