Thursday, August 25
Doors at 8pm; movie starts at 8:30pm
We round out our month of Bollywood Nights with a big one! The story of Devdas has been filmed eight times but the 2002 Shahrukh Khan/Aishwarya Rai version is pretty much universally considered the classic. The most expensive Bollywood film ever made at the time of its release, you can be assured that there will be plenty of lavish sets and elaborate song and dance numbers.
Yet Devdas is not all lightness and joy. Quite the contrary, it is a tale of love gone wrong. When the titular Devdas and his childhood sweetheart Paro miss their opportunity for a life together, she ends up falling into a marriage of convenience and he takes refuge in a brothel and, eventually, finds solace in a bottle. So, yes, it’s a tragedy, but it’s an epic tragedy — big, bright, Bollywood-style!