TV Dev

The cast of “Dev: Most-wanted Detective or Most-wanted Criminal” from left to right: Amit Dolawat, Sumona Chakravarti, Joyshree Arora, Puja Banerjee and Ashish Chowdhry. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—He is Dev Burman, a recluse, and a genius. His inquisitive mind pries into mysteries, analyzing situations and almost instantaneously decoding even the most vexing puzzles. Committed to offering distinctive content with widespread appeal, Aap Ka Colors strengthens its weekend offerings with “Dev: Most-wanted Detective or Most-wanted Criminal.”

Showcasing stories inspired by true events, this fictionalized investigative thriller plunges viewers into the world of Dev, a mystery solver who is an enigma. The 26-episode multi-layered series with its intricate plots stars Aashish Chowdhry in the titular role, with Sumona Chakravarti, Puja Banerjee, and Amit Dolawat as pivotal characters. Produced by Peninsula Productions, this anthology of adventures premieres on Aug. 5 as a weekend thriller.

Fighting inner demons after his wife Mahek (Puja Banerjee)’s untimely demise, Dev is living as a recluse with a cat Madhubala, whom his wife had rescued from under his car. He works closely with inspector Narvekar (Amit Dolawat), who is convinced that Dev is the mastermind behind his wife’s death. As he struggles to return to normalcy, Dev fosters a strong bond with his landlady Zohra Aapa (Joyshree Arora) as she cares for him almost like a mother. But it is his encounter with fiery Meera Banerjee (Sumona Chakravarti) that forces him to look at life avenues.

Producers Nissar Parvez and Alind Srivastava from Peninsula Productions said, “With “Dev…,’ we want the audience to put on their thinking hats and live through the emotional and psychological turmoil that can capture a person’s mind.”

Chowdhry aka Dev Burman said, “‘Dev’ is, by far, the most exceptional character that I have come across. He’s sharp, quick-witted and blatant, rude yet emotional, outspoken yet mysterious, bringing a unique perspective to his personality and every challenge he faces. But he’s also your typical man in some ways. He has loved and lost and lives in the shadow of his past. It’s the varied layers to his personality that attracted me to the show. The show has been shot like a film and is my most exciting project till date.”

Some days ago, there was an attempt to stonewall the serial by the family of the late Dev Anand. With just a week to go for the launch, they raised a stink over the show's title. After a lot of back and forth, the makers have now trimmed the title to just “Dev” from the original “Dev Anand.”

A source from the production house told a tabloid, “We received a notice from Dev Anand’s family, which was forwarded to the channel. We didn’t realize that it would pose such a huge problem.” Interestingly, Burman was S.D. Burman, the late actor’s top favorite composer.

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