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Devdas (1955)

  • Release Date1955
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time255 minutes
  • Number of Reels18
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number81608
  • Shooting LocationMohan Studios (Andheri)

The two were inseparable-young Parvati and Devdas. They used to run away from school and wander about together. Devdas was the son of the village Zamindar, Parvati the daughter of a middle-class father, living next door.

Devdas was sent to Calcutta, accompanied by the old servant Dharmdas, for education. The parting was a painful blow to both Parvati and Devdas.

Years rolled by. Once when Devdas came back, their memories of childhood blossomed forth into love. Parvati's marriage with Devdas was proposed, but Devdas' father turned it down because Parvati's family was socially much lower than the Zemindar's. Parvati's father felt insulted and in his anger fixed up her marriage with a rich widower. And one night-Parvati, brushing all considerations aside, went to Devdas all alone to seek his help. But Devdas could not defy his parents.

Blinded with rage and despair, Devdas left for Calcutta, without even meeting Parvati. He felt miserable and could not decide what to do. In a moment of confusion he wrote to Parvati to forget him, as he did not love her and could not marry her against the wishes of his parents. Later, mortified at the lie he had written, he rushed back to the village.

He met Parvati and tried to make it up with her, but Parvati was in no mood for conciliation. The letter had aroused her pride. She refused to even talk to him, and Devdas, bitterly disappointed, came back to Calcutta, but the memory of Parvati haunted him day and night. He found peace nowhere.

To escape this mental torture he started drinking and on the advice of his friend Chunilal, became a regular visitor to the house of Chandramukhi-a beautiful dancing girl.

In her new home, Parvati won the hearts of all by here charm and simplicity. Everyone praised her-but her heart knew no peace.

Again Devdas had to visit his village home when his father died. Parvati happened to be in the village and she came to know from the old faithful Dharmdas, how Devdas was addicted to wine and was running his health. Parvati met Devdas and pleaded with him to give up wine and to promise her that he would not touch it again. But Devdas could not fulfil her wish, he simply promised her that before his death he would visit her once.

Devdas' love completely changed Chandramukhi. She gave up her old life, and started living in a very simple way which even took Devdas by surprise. Chandramukhi too tried to persuade Devdas to give up wine, but all in vain. Devdas was haunted by the memories of his love for Parvati and he sought an escape in wine.

A day came when Devdas completely wrecked his health, and the doctor advised him to out for a change of climate. Chandramukhi wanted to accompany him, to be able to look after him, but Devdas would not agree.

Accompanied by the old faithful Dharmdas, Devdas wandered from place to place. It was an endless journey....without any destination. Once night, while on journey, his condition suddenly became worse. He sensed that his end had come and he remembered his promise to Parvati. He had to keep his promise.......

(From the official press booklet)