When Nabendu scripted Devdas (1955) for the legendary director, every established actress approached to play the tawaif Chandramukhi wanted to be Paro, the lady the hero pines for. Yet, when Vyjayantimala stepped into the role, she not only won a Filmfare Award, which elevated her into the ranks of the lead actors of India. The ‘fallen woman’ also came to be seen in a new light because of the empathy the makers showered on a professional dancer. She’s not a leech but an odd woman in love.
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