Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Plot: After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.
To play the role of an alcoholic more convincingly in the movie, Shah Rukh Khan would actually get drunk. Shah Rukh used to drink a few pegs before shooting despite of the fact that SRK normally doesn't drink alcohol.
In 1955, it was Dilip Kumar who has played the character of Devdas onscreen, in a film directed by Bimal Roy. Dilip Kumar gave his blessing to Shah Rukh to play his iconic role. Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu even commented that she considered Shah Rukh to be the only actor talented enough to portray Devdas.
The role of Chunnilal was initially offered to two other actors, Govinda and Saif Ali Khan. After the two popular actors rejected the film, it was finally Jackie Shroff who agreed to play the part.
For the shooting of Devdas, around 700 light-men and 42 generators were being used, whereas in normal circumstances, 2-3 generators would have been enough. And reportedly because so many generators being dedicated to the shooting of Devdas, marriages in Mumbai were facing trouble with no generators left for them.
Paro's delicate stained glass house was erected for almost seven months. 1.22 lakh pieces of stained glass were used for it. But due to heavy rains the glass paint would fade. As a result, the painters in the team had to keep re-touching it for months.
Chandramukhi's kotha was constructed around an artificial lake. The water in the lake kept drying up, so gallons of water had to be regularly filled in.
The Ghagra-choli for the song 'Kaahe Chhed Mohe' weighed 30 kilos. Despite her best efforts, Madhuri couldn't perform classical dance wearing it. Finally, the outfit was replaced by a lighter one weighing 16 kilos.
At a budget of 50 crores, it was the most expensive Bollywood film made during that time.
During the song "Dola Re Dola", Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's ears started to bleed due to the heavy earrings she had to wear. But she continued with the dance, not telling anyone until after the shoot.
The role of Devdas was first offered to Salman Khan but he declined
The sequence where Paro's mother Sumitra is made to dance at a social gathering was inspired by a recurring nightmare of Sanjay Leela Bhansali where his mother was being humiliated.
The film was included in Time Magazine's top 10 movies of the millennium worldwide.
The film is based on a novel, ‘Devdas’ written in the early 90’s by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. It was written when he was only seventeen years of age.
In the novel, Paro and Chandramukhi never meet.
Although the novel Devdas is Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's most famous work, he hated it and wanted to stop it from being published. He felt it was immoral and written in a drunken state.
Kareena Kapoor auditioned for the role of Paro.