Surpassing the Oscar winning French film THE ARTIST and Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's adaptation of the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel DEVDAS stood on the number 8 slot on the coveted Times Magazines' 10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium list.
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Says an excited Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ''The news couldn't have come at a better time, DEVDAS completes 10 momentous years...It's a very proud and happy moment for me. When DEVDAS released, it was slammed by Indian critics for being over-the-top and melodramatic. But Corliss had loved the film and supported it for the same qualities. Today, when he selects DEVDAS alongside THE ARTISTE and AVATAR as one of his 10 favorite films of the millennium, I feel that my struggle was worth it.''
If that wasn't all, the film is now going to release in a 3D version to commemorate its 10 glorious years of cinema.
Confirming the news says the director, ''This is the tenth year of DEVDAS and, somehow, the film hasn't lost its sheen. We're now going to do a 3D version of the film to commemorate these ten years.''
Sunil Lulla, who is part of the film corporation that is working on the 3-D version, says, ''The film completes a decade this year. And to commemorate its 10th year, we will release a 3-D version of this Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay classic.''
With the release of his forthcoming production ROWDY RATHORE around the corner, the director-producer soon readies for his ambitious next tentatively titled RAM LEELA starring Kareena Kapoor- Ranveer Singh.