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Bollywood film 'Devdas' to screen

RELEASED: Oct. 12, 2010

devdas posterEAU CLAIRE — "Devdas" (India 2002), "a Bollywood extravaganza of Romeo and Juliet dimensions" (Variety), will screen Oct. 21-24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Sumptuous production values dominate director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's cinematic spectacle of doomed love, adapted from an iconic 1917 novella by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) and his lovely playmate Paro (Aishwarya Rai) shared a magnetic childhood, and their supreme love for each other was felt before it was understood. When he returns from 10 years of studies in London, Devdas and Paro hope to be married but family conflict and a fateful moment of weakness create a permanent separation. Unable to bear a life without his true love, Devdas makes alcohol his constant companion. Not even the devotion of a beautiful courtesan (Madhuri Dixit) can make him forget his pain. Before losing the light of life, all Devdas wants is to see his Paro once more.

"Devdas" was nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for best film not in the English language. Subtitled in English, the 185-minute film is not rated.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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