Time magazine honour for `Devdas` timed well: Bhansali

Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s 2002 film `Devdas` is the only Indian film to feature in Time magazine`s list of the millenium`s 10 greatest movies, and the filmmaker says the honour couldn`t have been better timed.

"The news couldn`t have come at a better time as `Devdas` completes 10 momentous years. It is a very proud and happy moment for me," Bhansali told reporters here.

`Devdas`, inspired by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay`s 1901 novel, featured Shah Rukh Khan as Devdas, Aishwarya Rai as Paro and Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi in key roles.

The film took the eighth spot on Time magazine`s list, topped by "WALL.E". The list includes films like "Avatar", "The Hurt Locker" and "Moulin Rouge!", with "The Artist" taking the last spot.

Bhansali says it`s an achievement for the Hindi film industry.

"For a mainstream Hindi film like `Devdas`, to gain such a cinematic recognition and be a part of such an illustrious list is an honour, not just for me but for Indian film industry at large," he added.

Time describes Shah Rukh as an "all-world charismatist" and Madhuri as "a hot number who had danced flamenco on men`s libidos for a decade or so before appearing in this worldly-wise role" of a prostitute.