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Devdas (Hindi: देवदास) is a 2002 Hindi film based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. This is the third Bollywood (Hindi) version and the first colour film version of the story in Hindi. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai in the leading roles.

At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores. The film was released in six alternative language versions: English, French, German, Mandarin, Thai, and Punjabi.

Shahrukh Khan's performance as the rebellious alcoholic Devdas is often considered one of his best performances, and won him a Filmfare Award. The song Dola Re Dola became a hit with its unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit.

The film won ten Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also India's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.


Sir Narayan Mukherjee (Vijay Crishna), a zamindar, and his wife Kaushalya (Smita Jaykar) have heard that their younger son, Devdas (Shahrukh Khan), is coming home from a law school in England to their mansion in Tal Sonapur, Bengal. On the day of his return, Kaushalya insists everyone in the family close their eyes so that she will be the first person to see him. Her plan backfires, however, when instead of coming straight home, Devdas goes to see Parvati "Paro" Chakraborty (Aishwarya Rai), his childhood sweetheart, first. This incident ignites Kaushalya's dislike of Paro.

Paro is Devdas's neighbour and childhood friend. The years apart turned their friendship into love. When he was sent to England at the age of ten, she lit a lamp for him, which she carefully tended to over the years and never allowed to extinguish.

It seems to everyone, including Paro's mother Sumitra (Kirron Kher), that Devdas and Paro will get married, but Devdas's vindictive sister-in-law Kumud (Ananya Khare) reminds Kaushalya of Paro's maternal lineage, from a family of performing artists. This is considered inappropriate for an alliance with the Mukherjee family. When Sumitra announces her desire for Devdas and Paro to marry, Kaushalya rejects and humiliates her in public. In retaliation, Sumitra vows to ensure that Paro will get an even better marriage, and soon arranges for Paro to marry Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry (Vijayendra Ghatge), a forty-year-old widowed aristocrat with three grown children.

Devdas gets into a fight with his father about his relationship with Paro, and flees to a brothel with his college friend Chunnibabu (Jackie Shroff). He leaves a letter for Paro, stating that love had never existed between them. At the brothel, Devdas meets a good-hearted tawaif (courtesan) named Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit), who falls in love with him. Soon, Devdas realizes his error.

* Devdas was India's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2003.
* The film was also screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, though it was not eligible for an award.

Filmfare Awards
Devdas won ten awards at the 2002 Filmfare Awards:
* Best Film - Bharat Shah
* Best Actor - Shahrukh Khan
* Best Actress - Aishwarya Rai
* Best Director - Sanjay Leela Bhansali
* Best Supporting Actress - Madhuri Dixit
* Best Female Playback - Kavita Krishnamurthy & Shreya Ghosal for "Dola Re Dola"
* Best Cinematographer - Binod Pradhan
* Best Art Direction - Nitin Chandrakant Desai
* Best Choreography - Saroj Khan
* Best Scene of the Year - Confrontation scene between Parvati and Chandramukhi.

National Film Awards
* 2003: National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
* 2003: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Shreya Ghoshal

Star Screen Awards
Devdas won five awards at the 2002 Star Screen Awards:
* Best Actor - Shahrukh Khan (shared with Ajay Devgan)
* Best Actress - Aishwarya Rai
* Best Supporting Actress - Madhuri Dixit
* Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 - Aishwarya Rai & Shahrukh Khan
* Star Screen Award Best Male Playback - Udit Narayan for Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki

IIFA Awards
Devdas won six awards at the 2003 IIFA Awards:
* Best Movie - Devdas - Bharat Shah
* IIFA Best Director Award - Sanjay Leela Bhansali
* Best Actor In Leading Role Devdas - Shahrukh Khan
* Best Actress In Leading Role Devdas - Aishwarya Rai
* Best Actress In A Supporting Role Devdas - Kirron Kher
* IIFA Best Female Playback Award Devdas - Shreya Ghosal, Kavita Krishnamurthy for Dola Re Dola

MTV Asia Awards
Devdas was nominated for the 2003 Asian Film Award.

British Academy Film Awards
Devdas was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2003.

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