Director: Sudhir Mishra
Starring: Rahul Bhat, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari and Saurabh Shukla
Screenplay: Sudhir Mishra and Jaydeep Sarkar
Dialogue: Tariq Naved Siddiqui
Strom Motion Pictures and Saptarishi Cinevision Production’s DAAS DEV is a political and contemporary spin of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Devdas. This film is dedicated to Sarat Chandra, William Shakespeare and director’s own grandfather Dwarka Prasad Mishra a freedom fighter and politician. DAAS DEV is about politics, love and betrayal. It is a mixture of Sarat Chandra’s Devdas and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. DAAS DEV tries to hit you hard on the face about the political drama that takes place in our country and to which extent one can go to save their power or gain power. The film is narrated to us by Chandni Mehra or Chandramukhi (Aditi Rao Hydari) who uses her seductive guiles to manipulate the powerful men around her and that is her job and she also silently loves Dev. Dev Chauhan (Rahul Bhat) is an alcoholic but is also the scion of a political family who gets into alcohol and drugs after his Father’s death (Anurag Kashyap) and now his Uncle Saurabh Shukla becomes the Chief Minister of the state and takes care of him. Paro (Richa Chadha) and Dev are in love with each other but Paro is upset with Dev as he is all into alcohol & drugs and has lost his ambition. After two incidents in Dev’s life we see him join the family politics as he is their families’ last option to save their power and continue their family’s political legacy. What happens now is what the film is all about. The film is a study of power, betrayal and to which extent one goes to save their power. The film lacks punch, though the mixture of Devdas and Hamlet is a highly interesting idea but lacks in execution.
Technically the film is okay, music is below average, cinematography is also average. Editing is fine but at times the 140 minute movie seems too long. Screenplay could have been much better; some very talented actors are just wasted.
Performances wise Rahul Bhat is average, he looks very confused lacks the charm of the historic character Dev, though this one is slightly different than what we have seen before in the previous adaptation of the character Dev. Richa Chadha on the other hand plays her part well. She pays the lover and then the rival role well. But the stand out performer is Aditi Rao Hydari, she is brilliant in her role. Performances by the supporting cast Saurabh Shukla and Vipin Sharma are brilliant they are the ones who along with Aditi Rao Hydari keep one interested in the film.
Director Sudhir Mishra has done a good job but in comparison to his other films, this one lacks a punch in his execution. His idea of bringing Chandra and Shakespeare’s work together was brilliant on paper but could not reflect the same on screen.