Director: Bimal Roy; Writer: Nabendu Ghosh, Rajinder Singh Bedi; Producer: Bimal Roy; Cinematographer: Kamal Bose; Cast: Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Vyjayanthimala, Motilal, Kanhaiyalal, Nasir Hussain
Duration: 02:41:04; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Lightness: 0.253; Volume: 0.199; Cuts per Minute: 8.040; Words per Minute: 45.427
This remake of Barua’s Devdas which Roy had shot in 1935 is dedicated to Barua and to K.L. Saigal. Roy’s version is presented as a formal/technical modernisation of the famous legend, allowing for an extensive use of deep focus and the naturalist underacting of both Dilip Kumar and Motilal, the latter in the role of the corrupting sidekick, Chunni Babu. Paro is played by the Bengali star S. Sen, and Vyjayanthimala is the prostitute Chandramukhi, each bringing with them the connotations accumulated in their respective generic star images. The new approach provides a more resonant historical background to a story usually focused almost exclusively on Devdas’s psychological obsessions. In the famous train sequences when Devdas runs away from himself, eventually to die at Paro’s doorstep, Roy’s version conveys the sense of a savagely tragic journey through an Indian nation determined to rule out the possibility of the hero finding happiness.Minimal Bollywood Art for Devdas (1955)
Song: O albele panchhi tera door thikaana hai
Song: Aan milo aan milo shyaam saanware
Song: Saajan ki ho gayi gori
Song: Ab aage teri marzi
Song: Oh aane waale ruk jaa koi dam
Song: Mitwaa laagi re yeh kaisi unbujha aag
Song: Kahin chhaon hai, kahin dhoop hai...
Manzil ki chaah mein
Song: Jisse tu kubul kar le woh sadaa kahan se laaun
Singer: Mubarak Begum
Song: Woh na aayenge palat kar
Devdas' final journey. The savage journey through the heart of India.
Devdas final return
Short clip of climactic moment: Paro discovers that it is her Devdas who has died at her doorstep; family is outraged; saree pallu trails in dust/dirt; gate forcibly shut and Paro's suffers another head blow.