One of the most iconic Bollywood films of all time, Devdas starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene in lead roles completes 19 years of release on 13th July.
On the occasion of film’s 19th anniversary, Shah Rukh Khan walked down the memory lane and thanked the audience for all the love over the years.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film saw Khan in the lead role of the depressed and alcoholic lover.
“Devdas” which released on July 12, 2002 also starred Kirron Kher and Jackie Shroff in important roles.
The 55-year-old superstar took to twitter to celebrate the milestone.
“All the late nights, early mornings, problems worked out bcoz of the gorgeous @MadhuriDixit, the stunning Aishwarya, ever cheerful @bindasbhidu, full of life @KirronKherBJP & the whole team slogging under the masterful Bhansali. Only issue-the dhoti kept falling off! Thx for the love,” he tweeted alongside a series of stills from the set.
Based on the 1917 Bengali novel of the same name by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, the film tells the story of Devdas Mukherjee played by Khan, a wealthy law graduate who returns from London to marry his childhood friend, Parvati “Paro” played by Aish.
However, the rejection of their marriage by his own family sparks his alcoholism, ultimately leading to his emotional deterioration and him seeking refuge with the golden-hearted courtesan Chandramukhi, Madhuri.
Shroff, who essayed the role of Chunnilal, a friend of Devdas, also thanked everyone who was a part of the film. He wrote “Aaj sirf ‘Y’ se yaad hi nahin, ‘Y’ se yakin bhi nahi ho raha 19 saal hogaye Devdas ko! Shukriya all the bondhu’s who were part of the Saga! #Devdas.”
“Devdas”, which premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, won five National Film Awards – best popular film providing wholesome entertainment, best playback singer for then debutante Shreya Ghoshal, production design for Nitin Chandrakant Desai, best choreography for Saroj Khan and best costume design for Neeta Lulla, Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla and Reza Shariffi.
Written by Bhansali and Prakash Ranjit Kapadia, the film was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2002, and is still remembered for its soundtrack, beautiful sets and costumes.