Directed by Bimal Roy • 1955 • India
Starring Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Suchitra Sen
Bimal Roy explores India’s class divisions via the story of a doomed romance in this devastating drama based on the oft-adapted novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Dilip Kumar—the so-called “Tragedy King,” acclaimed for bringing method acting to Indian cinema—stars as Devdas, a young man from a wealthy family in early-1900s Bengal who is driven to self-destruction when class differences prevent him from marrying his childhood sweetheart (Suchitra Sen). Superstar Vyjayanthimala costars in her first dramatic role as the selfless courtesan Chandramukhi, who vies for Devdas’s love.