About the book :
The Dialogue of Devdas, Bimal Roy’s Immortal Classic features the film’s complete dialogue by Rajinder Singh Bedi, based on a screenplay by Nabendu Ghosh, and lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi. Presented in a three-language format: Hindi, Urdu, Romanised Hindi/Urdu and an English translation, the book also includes an introduction by Nasreen Munni Kabir and comments by Bimal Roy’s family.
The hugely popular 1917 Bengali novella “Devdas” by the celebrated author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay has, since the silent era, inspired numerous film versions made in various Indian languages. It is, however, Bimal Roy’s 1955 film with its excellent and subtle dialogue, fluid direction and sublime cast that is still widely considered the most important adaptation in Hindi/Urdu.
Reading Rajinder Singh Bedi’s dialogue is a pleasure in itself, giving insight into the most melancholic character of Indian cinema. The subtle and wonderful text also provides a fresh understanding of a first-rate film by Bimal Roy, one of India’s foremost film directors.
About the Author :
Born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Rajinder Singh Bedi was an eminent Urdu writer with a varied and distinguished literary and film career that spanned fifty years. An important member of the Progressive Writers Association, Bedi authored seventy short stories and many novels. He won several awards for his literary work, including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1965 for his classic Urdu novella, “Ek Chadar Maili Si.” His exceptional film dialogue shows his leanings towards a natural and realistic language. This gifted writer died in 1984, aged sixty-nine.
Sahir Ludhianvi was born into a rich land-owning family in Ludhiana in 1921. In 1943, he published Talkhiyaan, his first hugely successful collection of poems. Forming a team with S.D. Burman, in 1951 he began working as a film lyricist. His contribution to Hindi cinema remains unrivalled. This most popular and talented poet/songwriter died in 1980, aged sixty-one.
Notes on translator:
London-based documentary filmmaker and author, Nasreen Munni Kabir was the first to present Indian film dialogue in a three-language format, starting with Mughal-e-Azam, and followed by Awaara, Mother India and Pyaasa.
A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music (Om Books International, 2011) was her most recent publication.
|Title:||The Dialogue of Devdas: Bimal Roy's Immortal Classic (free DVD inside)||Publisher:||Om Books International|
|Author:||Nasreen Munni Kabir|
|No. of Pages:||288|
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