Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin
Plot: Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs.
The idea of this film was suggested to Anurag Kashyap by Abhay Deol, who plays the lead role. It was once narrated to Anurag at a party by actor Abhay long before he had taken up his acting career.
When asked why he cast newcomer Abhay Deol, director Anurag Kashyap simply replied, "He has turned out to be one of the best. When everybody wants to be a Hero, he plays the character.
When asked what was the significance of the three guys (the Twilight Players), shown in the movie from time to time, Anurag Kashyap answered, "No significance. They were just there witnessing the story. Like Sanjay in the Mahabharat."
Director Danny Boyle helped Anurag Kashyap with the 'tripping away' scenes by introducing him to a special camera he (Boyle) had got from Holland. This let Kashyap show whats going on inside characters mind during the drug shots without actually showing drugs.
The location portrayed as Chandigarh Airport (where Dev arrives from London) in the movie is actually Chandigarh Railway Station.
Dev.D was going to mark the debut of Amit Trivedi as a music director but due to various reasons Dev.D took time in getting finished and by that time Aamir (2008) got released which eventually became his debut as a composer. Anurag Kashyap had actually recommended Amit Trivedi to Raj Kumar Gupta for Aamir.
The song Emotional Attyachar was previously used in the film Om Dar Ba Dar in 1988. The song was picturized on Anita Kanwar.
The MMS video of Chanda when she was a minor Delhi school girl is inspired by the real life MMS video of a minor Delhi school girl which caused a big scandal in India in 2004. Just like Chanda's father in the movie, the real girl's father killed himself.
There is scene in Dev D, where Dev is in a bar and in the foreground is Dileep Singh, the protagonist from Gulaal also directed by Anurag Kashyap
It is the debut of both Mahie Gill and Kalki Koechlin who played the lead characters of Paro and Chanda.
Anurag Kashyap fell in love with Kalki Koechlin during the shooting of Dev.D They would eventually marry.
Adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel "Devdas". IT has been adapted several times in Bollywood. The most notable being Devdas(2002) starring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The film has a few nods to this, Lennie/Chanda is watching it in the bus and later in her room in the brothel where she chooses her name to be Chanda. Outside the hidden bar in New Delhi that Dev visits, has a poster of Shah Rukh Khan lighting a cigarette taken from Devdas (2002).
Director Anurag Kashyap has a cameo as one of Chanda's first clients. The guy whose coat Chanda takes off during the "Paayaliya" song sequence.
Kalki Koechline was born in Pondicherry, India to French parents. Her parents are devotees of Indian guru Sri Aurobindo. She was fluent in English, Tamil and French. But had to learn Hindi after being cast in this film.
The role of Chanda was supposed to be played by an Indian character. But Kashyap changed his mind after seeing Kalki Koechlin's audition and gave her a half English background.
Later in the film, when Dev is depressed after losing both Paro and Chanda, he is driving his new BMW while heavily drunk. This is a reference to the Sanjeev Nanda BMW hit-and-run case in 1999.
Kalki and Anurag developed a good working relationship and collaborated in other critically acclaimed films like That Girl in Yellow Boots(2011) and Shaitan(2011)