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The Goddess (1960)
"Devi" (original title)

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Devi focuses on a young woman, who is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal landlord, envisions her as the Goddess Kali.

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Sharmila Tagore ...
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Umaprasad (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Chhabi Biswas ...
Kalikinkar Roy
Karuna Bannerjee ...
Harasundari (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay)
Purnendu Mukherjee ...
Taraprasad (as Purnendu Mukhopadhyay)
Arpan Chowdhury ...
Khoka, child (as Shriman Arpan Chowdhury)
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Khagesh Chakravarti ...
Kaviraj
Anil Chatterjee ...
Bhudeb (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Arabinda Kumar Chowdhury
Shanta Devi ...
Sarala
Mohammed Israil ...
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Nagendranath Kabyabyakarantirtha ...
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Bholanath Koyal ...
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Anil Mitra
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Devi focuses on a young woman, who is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal landlord, envisions her as the Goddess Kali. Written by Anonymous

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19 February 1960 (India)  »

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Intriguing and thought-provoking
30 March 2009 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After watching Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959), which are now my favourite films of all time, I was looking forward to watching Devi, the next film Ray directed after The Apu Trilogy. Although I couldn't feel the same kind of emotional connection with the characters in Devi that I felt in The Apu Trilogy, this film was thought-provoking and very intriguing to watch.

Devi dealt with a serious issue in Bengali society at the time in a mature manner and Ray's direction and cinematography for this film was just as superb as The Apu Trilogy. It starred Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore once again as a married couple, like in Apur Sansar (the final part of The Apu Trilogy). However, whereas it was Soumitra who played the lead role in Apur Sansar, this time it's Sharmila who plays the lead role in Devi. Her performance was very subtle for the first half but her delusional performance towards the end was very convincing. Overall, I'd highly recommend this movie to any Satyajit Ray fan.

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