My film not based on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel: Sudhir Mishra

Vastavam web: Director Sudhir Mishra says fans expecting to see another version of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1917 classic “Devdas” will be disappointed with his film “Daas Dev”, which is a completely different take on the story and deals with the addiction of power.While the director, best known for his 2005 cult classic “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi”, “Dharavi”, “Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin” and “Chameli”, acknowledged Chattopadhyay’s book as an inspiration, he said he has reversed the story. The film also carries some Shakespearean elements.Mishra is a well-respected figure in the directors’ community and that was evident in the presence of over 20 top directors from Hindi cinema including names like Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ketan Mehta, Rahul Rawail, Vijay Krishna Acharya, Abhishek Kapoor, Nikhil Advani and Mudassar Aziz.

Actor Richa Chadha, who has worked with Mishra for the first time, said the film has empowering women characters.”All the women in the film are empowered in true sense. It is a very feminist take on Paro and women in general in this film. As part of preparation, I had to look at other Paros of Hindi cinema and do what they have not done and create something fresh and new,” she said.”Devdas” is one of the most adapted book in Indian cinema history. In Hindi films, the ones that stand out include the 1936 version, directed by PC Barua and starring K L Saigal; Bimal Roy’s 1955 adaptation starring top stars such as Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen and Vyjayanthimala; Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s lavish 2002 production with Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit and Anurag Kashyap’s 2009 modern, experimental take in “Dev D”, which had Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill and Kalki Koechlin.

“My friend Pritish Nandy once told me to make a film on ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ but I got too scared because I admire Guru Dutt too much. I didn’t want to touch that. I thought about ‘Saheb Bibi Ghulam’ but there’s a lot more in the book. I follow Bengali, I have got people to read it to me. I understand it.