“I actually never was a fan of Devdas (2002) actor Shah Rukh Khan, which is a film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But in 2002 I was forced by my cousin to watch the film and that is when it all changed for me. It was all because of the love between Devdas, the main character in this film and Parvati also known as ‘Paro’. It touched me and I even cried. Devdas and Paro are childhood lovers, but Devdas, due to family pressure, makes a huge mistake by writing a stupid letter to Paro and breaking up with her. After sending the letter, he immediately regrets it, but it is too late. Paro has made up her mind and she marries someone else, and Devdas stays all alone remembering Paro and their childhood love. He is so much in love with her that he spirals downwards and resorts to drinking alcohol to numb the pain and to stop remembering her. His pain is so great that he doesn’t see any other way. Devdas is based on a book and about four remake films have been made. I like the 2002 version. I hadn’t personally been through something so emotional as Devdas had, but I was so impressed with the way the story was told and the way the actors and especially Shah Rukh Khan acted in the movie. It touched my heart. Then again somewhere I did really understand Devdas’ motive and his actions and that is the beauty of cinema that I discovered that day after watching Devdas. Cinema can connect us and show us worlds that we haven’t seen or experienced before. In the end, this film inspired me to think about a career in film. Which is why I signed up for CinemAsia FilmLAB where I can work on my fiction screenwriting. Ever since Devdas, it’s been my dream to become a film director and one day work with Shah Rukh Khan. It’s a dream now, but you never know it might come true.” – Fawad Nahimi.
Photo and story by Feargal Agard
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff.
A review by FilmLAB 2019 participant Fawad Nahimi. Find out more about his dreams and aspirations, Click Here.
You can discover films from Asia at CinemAsia Film Festival 2019 from the 5th till the 10th of March.
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