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Devdas ‘finaliy’ gets release on Friday

Ershad Kamol

A scene from Devdas, which will hit cinemas on Friday. A scene from Devdas, which will hit cinemas on Friday.

Chashi Nazrul Islam’s much-talked-about film Devdas will be released in cinemas on Friday overcoming the uncertainty that continued for a year about the release of the film based on Sarat Chandra Chattapadhyay’s novel.
It is the 14th celluloid version of Sarat Chandra’s classic in the subcontinent and second in Chashi’s life, said the director at the press show of the film at the Balaka Cineworld on Tuesday.
Chashi Nazrul Islam dedicated the release of the film to the youths who are demanding ‘fair trial’ of war criminals.
 Chashi had directed Devdas in early 1980s featuring the then top actors like Bulbul Ahmed as Devdas, Kabori as Parvati, Anwara as Chandramukhi and Rahman as Chunilal. In the latest version he has selected Dhallywood heartthrob Shakib Khan as Devdas, Apu Biswas as Parvati, Moushumi as Chandramukhi and Shahiduzzaman Selim as Chunilal.
‘I’ve made the film again as I’m fond of the novel, especially its universal expressions of human emotion. Even in my second direction I’ve tried to present what Sarat Chandra’s novel narrates with contemporary actors,’ Chashi Nazrul Islam said.     
Sarat Chandra Chattapadhyay’s novel Devdas features tragic end in the protagonist’s life. Featuring a trio love-story, Devdas addresses various social issues such as caste and lifestyle of the aristocratic ‘Babu Samaj’ of the early 20th century in India.
Those who watched the first edition of Devdas directed by Chashi will not get much difference in terms of directorial compositions. 
The popular Dhaliwood duo Sakib Khan and Apu Biswas were impressive in their respective characters. In his short appearance Shahiduzzaman Selim as Chunilal, a representative of Babu Samaj, was impressive.
In the role of a courtesan named Chandramukhi, seasoned actress Moushumi does appear as the right choice especially in the dance and music scenes. But, she appeared powerfully expressing the emotion of such a complex character, who being a courtesan loves the young man of a zamindar family. 
In fact, the latest edition of Devdas was supposed to get release last year.  It finally got clearance from Bangladesh Film Censor Board after scissoring some scenes about which the board showed concern considering public sentiment.
Scenes portraying Chunilal character wearing ‘coatee’, usually worn on Punjabi or kurta in the Indian subcontinent, ‘looked like a Mujib coat’ to some members of the censor board and asked to cut those.
This is the second Bangla movie that the censor board raised objection regarding use of ‘Mujib coat,’ a kind of black waist coat used by the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in a couple of years.
Last year Gazi Mazharul Anwar’s movie Hridoy Bhanga Dheu got clearance after cutting scenes portraying the villain wearing ‘Mujib coat’.

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