Devdas is an iconic character that is been played by various artists starting from
KL Saigal who nailed the legendary character in 1936, Dilip Kumar earned the title of tragedy king after being heartbroken by Paro (Suchitra Sen) in Bimal Roy’s 1955 classic. When Shah Rukh Khan played the alcoholic lover in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, the viewers wept when he lay dead at Paro (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan)’s doorstep. Several years later, Abhay Deol made us go through an emotional atyachaar with him in Anurag Kashyap’s modern day adaptation Dev D.
And now Ekta Kapoor has shown us her version of Devdas and it’s not a guy this time it’s a girl Yes, the iconic character is now being played by an actress but not on the big screen. Titled Dev DD, it is a web series unveiled on digital entertainment channel ALT Balaji owned by television czarina Ekta Kapoor.
Directed by Ken gosh the 11-episode long web series stars Aasheema Vardhan who essays the protagonist Devika Dharam Dwivedi. Devika is a 22-year-old girl from Jaipur who does not give a damn about what people think about her. She is loud, fearless and confident to the core. Unlike girls who refrain from crossing the ‘lakshman Rekha’ drawn by their families and society in general, Devika unapologetically shatters the stereotypes in a classy way. Even if it means going against her family. She smokes marijuana, is fond of rum and uses expletives to express emotions. Outside her house, she bashes up Romeos who talk crap about her while openly asking for sanitary pads and condoms at a chemist shop
Aasheema Vardhan, who plays the titular role in the series, is the one to watch out for. Both Ken Ghosh and Ekta Kapoor should give her a big hug for making their hard work successful in narrating Devdas through a female protagonist. You have Akhil Kapur who plays Parth (male version of Paro). However, the one to watch out for in the series is seasoned actor Sanjay Suri who is Anurag, in other words, the male Chandramukhi.
Check out the episodes of Dev DD.