Adding another to his illustrious cap, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali joins the likes of Hollywood veterans like James Cameron and Baz Luhrmann, as his historical masterpieceDevdas made its way on Times Magazines ’10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium list –
Surpassing the Oscar winning French film “The Artist” and Luhrmann’s musical Moulin Rouge, Bhansali’s adaptation of the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel stood on the number 8 slot on the coveted list.
Time’s Rochard Corliss described the film as a visually intoxicating musical with grandeur the old Hollywood moguls would have loved.
Says Rochard Corliss ,Times Magazine “Devdas is played with such commitment that the tritest plot twists seem worth believing — and dancing to, in nine nifty production numbers. But the fervid emotion is what makes the thing sing.”
Says Sanjay Leela Bhansali “The news couldn’t have come at a better time ,Devdas completes 10 momentous years…It’s a very proud and happy moment for me. For a mainstream Hindi film like Devdas to gain such cinematic recognition and be part of such an illustrious list, is an honor not just for me but for the Indian industry at large .”
This isn’t the film’s first tryst with International accolade ,Devdasreceived a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Language Film ,ranked #74 in Empire magazines “The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema” and was also India’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.On home turf the film went on to win five National Awards, ten Filmfare Awards including Best Film.