Sudhir Mishra's Aur Devda's a Tribute to Shakespeare

Director Sudhir Mishra says he has dedicated Aur Devdas, to the legendary playwright William Shakespeare.

Published: 11th August 2015 12:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2015 12:23 AM   |  A+A-


Director Sudhir Mishra(R) with Arunoday Singh and Chitrangda Singh (Pic: PTI/Monojit Kumar Saha).


MUMBAI:  Director Sudhir Mishra says he has dedicated "Aur Devdas", his version of the classic novel "Devdas" written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, to the legendary playwright William Shakespeare.

"It's a dramatic film. I've dedicated the film to Sarat Chandra babu and Shakespeare. The Shakespeare that was stuck in me for several years is not any specific Shakespearean play. But his overall understanding of life forms the major part of the film. It's set in India's political atmosphere and it's a very political film," he told media persons on the sidelines of Mumbai Mantra Cinerise Screenwriting Programme 2015 set up by the Mahindra Group.

He said he is making "Aur Devdas" with Rahul Bhat of Anurag Kashyap's "Ugly" fame and Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Saurabh Shukla are also there in the film.

Just like Anurag Kashyap's "Dev.D", Mishra is tweaking the classic into a current setting.

"All apologies to Sarat Chandra babu and I hope he forgives me. I have borrowed his characters which I'll even admit on screen. This Paro carries a difference, she is the not the one who after interval, accepts that her situation would just be like this. She's grappling with her hardships. This Devdas not just dies under the influence of alcohol, but is struggling with his life. This Chandramukhi is something else. The story is different though the characters are the same."

Numerous versions of the novel "Devdas" have been adapted across various languages and mediums with the ones enacted by Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan particularly highly appreciated. The version enacted by Abhay Deol was also praised for its modern interpretation.

Stay up to date on all the latest Entertainment news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp