It seems like nostalgia has hit Abhay Deol lately as he is reminiscing about his films and is making some interesting revelation about his previous films. Only yesterday, he took us back in time when the hit film Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara was released. Along with making us nostalgic, he also revealed about the time when almost all the award functions demoted him and another lead Farhan Akhtar from main leads and nominated them in the ‘supporting actors’ category while Hrithik and Katrina were nominated for main leads. This time, he talks about his another hit with Dev D where he revealed how he got Anurag Kashyap onboard and even talked in detail about his character in the film as well.
While sharing the picture of himself from the film, the actor started his note saying, “Dev.D” released in 2009. I spent a year narrating the idea to several people before I got Anurag on board to direct it. I remember people’s reaction upon hearing my narration, it was always, “it’s too much of an art-film”. Lucky for me Anurag got it.”
Talking about his character and he wanted to empower women, he note further read, “I had read the book and I could see that the character was a chauvinist, a misogynist, entitled, and arrogant. Yet he had been romanticized for decades! The women on the other hand were strong and had integrity, but there was still that expectation for them to love their man no matter what. I wanted to change that. I wanted to empower them, shed the image of the “good, devoted, woman”. It was time to make them independent, not defined by the man they love, or by men in general. Which is why Paro calls out Dev’s faults and puts him in his place.”
He also talks about his version, “In my version Dev gets shot by the police (he becomes a drug dealer) outside Paro’s house and dies just like in the book. Chanda does not fall in love with him, and neither is she ashamed of being an East European high class escort (again, in my version). She’s the strongest character of the 3, and isn’t afraid of being judged. She does empathize with Dev, seeing how broken he is, and I went with the “prostitute with the heart of gold” theme from the book.” ALSO READ: Abhay Deol Reveals Award Functions Demoted Him-Farhan Akhtar From Main Leads For Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara; Says He Boycotted But Farhan Was Ok
“Anurag felt a happy ending would make the film more accepted by the audience, and his twist was to have Dev & Chanda fall in love. My vision was too dark! I went with the flow, and even brought my buddies @twilightplayers to feature in it,” he also wrote.
He concluded his note by saying, “The rest is history. #makingwhatbollywouldnt #dev.d” ALSO READ: Anurag Kashyap Recalls It Was ‘Painfully Difficult’ To Work With Abhay Deol In Dev D; Says He Wanted ‘Luxuries Of Being A Deol’
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