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Paras-Pathar (1958)

Parash Pathar (original title)
An underpaid middle-aged clerk finds a 'parash pathar', a stone that changes iron to gold on touch.

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Complete credited cast:
Tulsi Chakraborty ...
Paresh Chandra Dutta (as Tulsi Chakravarty)
Kali Bannerjee ...
Priyotosh Henry Biswas (as Kali Bannerji)
Ranibala ...
Giribala Dutta
Gangapada Basu ...
Kachalu (Businessman)
Haridhan Mukherjee ...
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Jahar Roy ...
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Subodh Ganguli ...
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Tulsi Lahiri ...
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Kamal Mitra ...
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Nitish Mukherjee ...
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Amar Mullick ...
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An underpaid middle-aged clerk finds a 'parash pathar', a stone that changes iron to gold on touch.

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Enjoyable yet thought-provoking
17 April 2009 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My feelings about this film are a bit mixed. It's very different from the other Satyajit Ray films I've seen, The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959) and Devi (1960). In contrast to those films, Porosh Pathor was more of a magical-realist dark comedy rather than a drama. It didn't have a laugh-out-loud kind of humour either, but had a more subtle kind of humour. However, the concept behind the film was creative and innovative, while the plot was more meaningful and thought-provoking than most comedies.

The philosopher's stone has long been a dream of alchemists since at least the Middle Ages, but the film attempts to portray the consequences this may have on society when someone finally obtains the legendary stone. Although the film was rushed, as Ray himself admitted, his direction for the film is still impressive. It was also nice for a change that the film wasn't tragic like the other Ray films I saw, but was more up-beat overall. Although it wasn't powerful like Ray's other films, Porosh Pathor was an enjoyable yet thought-provoking film to watch.

7/10


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