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July 14, 2003
Suchitra Sen made Devdas' Paro immortal in Bimal Roy's 1955 classic.
When Aishwarya Rai relived her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's version, she had to fight expectations and comparisons made between her and Sen. She then proceeded to land most of the Best Actress Awards.
She also put Paro on the international map by taking the film to the Cannes International Film Festival.
Will Ash live up to the huge expectations yet again? Will she match up to Kumari's haunting act of a lonely, alcoholic wife, who longs for her husband's attention? Will she make a good Meena Kumari or do you think comparisons are unfair? Should Rai's performance be judged on its own merit?
What do you think? We would love to hear from you.