Dev D, the modern version of Devdas has worked its magic amongst a section of the audience. And this selective appreciation is enough to guarantee the Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Kalki Koechlin starrer, a good initial, which given the cost to return should turn out to be the first reasonable success for the lead actor Abhay Deol and the director Anurag Kashyap.
Anurag Kashyap, who till now was associated with vague and bizarre films like, No Smoking, tastes his first success with Dev D. His Black Friday was a well made and critically acclaimed venture, though commercial success eluded it due tto he delay in its release because of controversies.
As for Abhay, this Deol is definitely very different from his more illustrious cousin brothers, Sunny and Bobby, who have mostly worked in commercial cinema. The multiplex thronging junta now associates this junior Deol with high quality, intellectually fulfilling and 'hat ke' in-the-real sense, products. Right from his debut film, Soch Na Tha with director Imtiaz Ali to his latest Dev D, Abhay has always worked in quality films. His last film with director Dibakar Banerjee, Oye Lucky ! Lucky Oye !! managed to scrape through to safety, despite bearing the direct aftermath of the tragic 26/11 incident.
Abhay Deol does have the strength and conviction to stick to his type of films and is indeed the dark horse of Bollywood who is a 'lambi race ka ghoda' and is here to stay and regale us with quality off beat films.