After KL Saigal, Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan, it's Shiney Ahuja's turn to play the ultimate tragic hero of Hindi cinema.
"It's not only Devdas," explains director Sudhir Mishra.
"Devdas is just the take-off point. Like if you see Westside Story it's directly linked to Romeo and Juliet. In my film, from Devdas, I will also go into Shakespeare's Hamlet. I feel when Saratchandra wrote Devdas in 1901, he must have had Hamlet in mind. The protagonists are very similar. I intend to place both the tragic heroes in a modern context and political leaning. It will be a dramatic debate on Devdas, Hamlet and Indian politics. Chandramukhi will be portrayed as a keeper of dark political secrets. And Paro will be a part of an opposing political party."
Mishra has always had very strong socialist leanings.
"All my films have had a strong political base. I'd like to see Hamlet and Devdas as take-off points for a political drama set in present times."
Sudhir Mishra and his regular writer Joydeep Sarkar are working on the screenplay. "I want to re-interpret the love story of Devdas and Paro in a modern, very ‘today' frame work," states the director.
The concept was born out of a conversation with producer Pritish Nandy.
"He suggested that I should re-do Devdas. I thought about it. And now we're both excited," exults Misra.
The director's favourite actor Shiney Ahuja who was part of his widely-feted Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi and the just-completed Khoya Khoya Chand will play Devdas-Hamlet remixed.