Bollywood romance. Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) and Paro (Aishwarya Rai) are childhood sweethearts whose love is doomed from the beginning because Devdas is the son of a wealthy aristocrat while Paro's family is way down in the social scale. Devdas' father sends him abroad to study, hoping that the separation will be permanent. When he returns, Paro's mother (Kiron Kher) proposes that she and Devdas be united in marriage but is humiliated by Devdas' father. In despair, Paro offers to give herself, body and soul, to her lover, but he rejects her. Paro marries someone else and when Devdas realises what he has lost, he seeks refuge in alcohol and the arms of a prostitute, Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit).