Director Sudhir Mishra is all set with his next directorial venture, Daasdev. Starring Richa Chadha as Paro, Aditi Rao Hydari as Chandni and Rahul Bhat as Dev, the film is a modern flip on the Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic novel Devdas. It is set in the hinterland India against the backdrop of modern-day politics.
Sudhir, who has previously directed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Yeh Saali Zindagi, Khoya Khoya Chand, said, “I think it’s my right to use any work, everything is my heritage. I can play with it as long as I admit it. I admit that I took from Devdas, I took the three characters Dev, Paro and Chandramukhi. As I was working, (William) Shakespeare intruded and I allowed him to, what could I do? Ultimately it became a film about power as it gets into the way of love. It became a reverse journey because if Devdas is a journey from a noble person to a ‘das’, this is a journey from ‘das’, a person who is a slave to his addictions and the dynastic ambitions of his family, to Dev.”
“It is about how he liberates himself, how he breaks free and ultimately achieves a kind of nobility which is essentially what a ‘Dev’ is. Hence, DaasDev,” he added.
He says in his version, Paro is “a modern, spunky, interesting woman who fights with the weapons she has and in the end, confronts Dev.” As for Chandni, Mishra says, “she is as close to Chandramukhi as she can get in this day and age.”
Presented by Storm pictures and produced by Saptarishi Cinevision production, DaasDev is all set to release on February 16 in theatres worldwide.