Devdas Is A Girl While Paro And Chandramukhi Are Dudes In This Upcoming Web Series
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Think Anurag Kashyap’s 2009 version of Devdas was bold? Well, Ekta Kapoor is all set to challenge that.
The producer is rolling out a digital adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic novel, Devdas, for her soon-to-be launched app – Alt Balaji. The “bold” web series, titled Dev DD, will have a female playing the protagonist, with two male characters replacing the roles of Paro and Chandramukhi. The series is being directed by Ken Ghosh (Ishq Vishk, Chance Pe Dance).
“It’s the female, younger version of ‘Devdas’ and has a cool, modern look with a different approach. The title comes from the protagonist’s name, Devika Dharam Dwivedi. Instead of Paro and Chandramukhi, we have two men,” Ken told Mumbai Mirror, adding that the show’s concept and script came from Ekta who wanted him to direct it.
The web series traces the life of the young and rebellious Devika and her journey through love, passion, heartbreak, sex, self-destruction and redemption.
Earlier mainstream versions of Devdas have had some notable Bollywood personalities playing the lead role – Dilip Kumar (1955), Shah Rukh Khan (2002) and Abhay Deol (2009), among others. So will we see a big star playing Dev DD in the web series? Well, Ken refused to divulge details about the casting but revealed that “new faces” will comprise 90 percent of the cast.
“I must have seen at least 700 auditions for the 20-odd characters I have. Before starting work, I had a workshop with all of them,” he said.
The team will start shooting in Mumbai in the next few days. “There are about eleven episodes but we are shooting it like a film. It’s top quality,” promised the director.