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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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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anil Bag
Khagesh Chakravarti ...
Kaviraj
Anil Chatterjee ...
Bhudeb (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Arabinda Kumar Chowdhury
Shanta Devi ...
Mohammed Israil ...
Nibaran
Nagendranath Kabyabyakarantirtha ...
Priest
Bholanath Koyal ...
(as Bholanath Kayal)
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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provocative psychological drama - NOT bollywood
10 October 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

This film was made in 1960. This is interesting because it is highly doubtful that the same film could be made in India today, in spite of India's massive film industry. The film does a great depiction of the crisis faced by people struggling to be modern yet encumbered with the traditional systems and the specter of having been colonized.

The younger son is ready to walk away from the bondage of traditional and as he sees, the superstition of the traditional life. Of course, he is reaping the benefit of life as a high caste. His young wife becomes the Devi - the embodiment of the goddess. This film also works well for its psychological content for the way we see the father project his desires onto those around him, and the choices faced by each character. In light of the fundamentalism worldwide - Christian, Muslim & Hindu - it is hard to image that this film could be made today in India since it leans to a skeptical view of Darsan and the goddess.


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