'Devdas' completes 15 years: These award-winning films were adapted from books


Devdas: One of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's most famous works 'Devdas', a 1917 Bengali romance novel about a man who loses his chance of marrying his childhood sweetheart Paro due to a misunderstanding only to turn to alcoholism and the comforting arms of a courtesan Chandramukhi and eventually die a painful death. The author wrote 'Devdas' when he was only 17 years old. It has been filmed multiple times in several Indian languages. Most notable adaptations include the 1955 version starring Dilip Kumar as the titular Devdas. The film also starred Vyjanthimala as Chandramukhi and Suchitra Sen as Paro. Shah Rukh Khan portrayed the tormented hero in 2002, with the roles of Chandramukhi and Paro being played by Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan respectively. It went on to become a Bollywood blockbuster. Most recently, Abhay Deol played the character in 2009 in modern retelling of the story, which also starred Mahie Gill as Paro and Kalki Koechlin as Chandramukhi

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As 'Devdas' completes 15 years, we look at prominent literary works that were adapted into award-winning films