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Celebrating 19 years of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s masterpiece Devdas

Counted amongst one of the brightest gems of Indian Cinema, it was today when Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ (2002) had hit the theatres. 11th July 2021 marks the 19 glorious years of epic drama of childhood romance, passion, love, separation, and pain.

Bhansali’s cinematic adaptation of ‘Devdas’, a Hindi literary masterpiece by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, won over both the critics and the audience. The film remains the all-time favourite of every cine-lover across the globe. While each scene looked straight out of a beautiful painting, the magnificent sets and splendid costumes made the film one of its first kinds.

Starring Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Madhuri Dixit Nene, the film created an everlasting impact with its gripping storyline, soulful music, and never-before-seen cinematic universe.

Even after 19 years of its release, the film’s album echoes in each viewer’s heart. From “Bairi Piya”, “Silsila Ye Chahat”, to “Hamesha Tumko Chaha”, these songs perfectly encapsulated love in its truest form. On the other hand, “Maar Dala”, “Kahe Chhed Mohe”, and “Dola Re Dola” to date remain the dance anthem.

Regarded as one of the most expensive films back in the day, Bhansali’s masterful direction and attention to detail earned him international recognition.

While Devdas was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, it bagged a nomination at BAFTA under the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category in 2003. The film was also India’s submission for the academy awards under the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category. Bhansali’s musical drama stood eighth in Time magazine’s ’The 10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium’.

Back at home, Bhansali’s masterpiece became a massive box office success. It bagged eleven awards at the 48th ‘Filmfare Awards’, including Best Film & Best Director. ‘Devdas’ also won the ‘National Film Award’ for the Best Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

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