It is quite something to sit in a South Delhi cinema and watch Dev ask Paro whether she touches herself. This is 15 minutes into the movie and not one person in the audience is breathing. Paro (gorgeous Mahi Gill) whimpers in response and her toes curl tight. Next Paro is on a mission because Dev wants a nude picture. There she is ready to beat the crap out of the Chandigarh cybercafe man who wants to scan the photo she has in her hand. 

Dev gets the image and gets on the phone immediately. "Paro, main aa raha hoon" he says. Quite funny Anuragji. But why didn't you keep it cold and steady like your girl Zoya Akthar? Clearly you need new friends. One of them should have told you that:

1. The film was not surreal enough to carry the Sardar driver telling Abhay in English that 'he drinks like a fish'. I nearly flung something at the screen, why didn't your friends? Again, a lesson lies in Luck by Chance where even the extras were perfect. Coached but not parrot-ish.

2.  Chanda (Kalki) is a luminous, wonderful little oddball. Your heart bleeds for her less successful encounter with sex and technology but clots quickly in self-defence. The girl can't act yet. Her intonation is all over the place. She picks up energy only in the scenes that she is with Abhay. And at least one of those, the one when she meets him for the second time and flirts outrageously, is great. Why didn't you push her harder? As it is I had a glimpse of Bollywood love changing forever. But only a glimpse.

3. Why on earth did you give Chunni a pimpmobile? A rigged out pink car? Are you kidding me?

4. We love you but we are terrified you will rot into smugness WAAAAY before your time.

5. God is in the details.

6. This is an intervention. 

Go watch Dev D, people. Anurag Kashyap needs you.



I just finished No Smoking and, once I gather my strength, was ready to plunge in with the much-anticipated Dev.D! And yet it's not playing in my country at all!! WOE OF WOES!!

February 7, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

Dude i suggest a three month interval between the two.

February 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM  


how much eyecandy!

my toes were prettttty curled through most of it. can i have his babies? abhay deol that is...

and despite the 7 ultimate LIITs i had before luck by chance i get EXACTLY what you mean.

February 7, 2009 at 9:45 PM  

Min!!! I loved too but just sadly

February 8, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

I really thought the honesty and freshness in Chanda's smile (and it is really hard to get those qualities through) made up for every other little wrong she did in the movie. Really.

February 8, 2009 at 11:47 PM  

I liked Dev D and consider it to be mostly autobiographical *wink*.. loved the visuals esp the comic wall art and the colors.

What i didn't like, and will never forgive Anurag for, is Kalki Koechlin as Chanda.
Or for that matter, Kalki Koechlin as anything.
I do not like her. She cannot act.
She gives me the creeps with her "barely legal porn star" face. Eyuch.

I dreenk like A feesh :D whatta line !


February 13, 2009 at 4:23 AM  

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