Sanjay Leela Bhansali reflects on Shah Rukh Khan’s performance in Devdas: ‘Today’s actors may not be able to deliver…’ | Bollywood

Acknowledged as one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s masterpieces, the film ‘Devdas’ starred the impressive trio of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhuri Dixit. Bhansali recently discussed the film’s grand portrayals with Bollywood Hungama, hinting at the possibility that the dramatic methodology used may be daunting for current generation actors. (Also read: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s views on ‘Khamoshi’ and ‘CODA’ comparisons)

Shah Rukh Khan took on a leading role in Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’.

Bhansali’s Insights

In his discussion, Bhansali touched upon the transformation of the film industry, stating, “I believe cinema has evolved, with novel techniques coming to the forefront. Directors are adopting fresh perspectives towards filmmaking. Scriptwriters are bringing to life varied and innovative characters. It’s a golden era for Indian cinema – an era of exceptional movies and performances.”

‘Acting Was Challenging…’

Bhansali added, “The pitch and the dramatic intensity at which ‘Devdas’ was executed were arduous. Back in the day, that grand expression was what directors sought from their actors. In contrast, modern-day acting oftentimes veers towards understatement and subtlety, which is great in its own right. However, the emotive range and scale that Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit, and Kirron Kher showcased in ‘Devdas’ might be intimidating for actors of today, as those roles were slightly heightened and required an advanced grasp of dramatic artistry, which was deftly managed by Shah Rukh.”

‘Devdas’ draws inspiration from Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1917 novel of the same name, and it garnered critical acclaim while achieving commercial success.

Bhansali’s latest achievement, ‘Heeramandi,’ has likewise been met with plaudits. It unravels the narrative of courtesans in the historical Heera Mandi locale in Lahore (now in present-day Pakistan) prior to the partition, highlighting their interactions with the Nawabs of that era. The series premiered on Netflix on May 1.

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