After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.
Devdas returns to India from London with the intention of marrying his childhood love, Paro. Unable to gain his parents approval, she marries another man, and he spirals into alcoholism.
The film is based on the 1917 book by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, which he wrote when he was 17 years old. It was India's submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.