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Nayak: The Hero (1966)
"Nayak" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  13 April 1994 (France)
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En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

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Uttam Kumar ...
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Nirmal Ghosh ...
Jyoti
Premangshu Bose ...
Biresh
Sumita Sanyal ...
Promila Chatterjee
Ranjit Sen ...
Haren Bose
Bharati Devi ...
Lali Chowdhury ...
Bulbul (Mr. Bose's daughter)
Kamu Mukherjee ...
Pritish Sarkar (as Kamu Mukhopadhyay)
Susmita Mukherjee ...
Molly (Mr. Sarkar's wife) (as Susmita Mukhopadhyay)
Subrata Sensharma ...
Ajoy (as Subrata Sen)
Jamuna Sinha ...
Sefalika (Ajoy's wife)
Hiralal ...
Kamal Misra
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A matinee idol Arindam Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar) is going by train to collect an acting award. On the train, he is confronted by a journalist Aditi (Sharmila Tagore) who somewhat unwillingly starts to take his interview. Arindam, won over by Aditi's naivete, starts to disclose his past, his fears and his secrets. On a parallel track, a number of sub-plots unfold (involving an advertising executive and his wife, a businessman and his family, a silent swami and a cranky old man) to reveal the hypocrisies and frailties of the society. The film reaches a climax when Arindam, overcome by his guilt, contemplates suicide and is dissuaded by Aditi. The next morning, Aditi who had surreptitiously taken notes of their conversation destroys them - not wanting to reveal Arindam's darkest secrets. When the train reaches its destination, Arindam alights and is surrounded by his fans and is back to his normal star self where there is no place for guilt, confessions and Aditi. Written by Diptakirti Chaudhuri <diptakirti@hotmail.com>

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Great undiscovered film (I'm so glad)
25 February 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I have never seen an Indian movie quite like Nayak. Ray has forayed into parallel story telling, like Kurasawa's Rashomon and into dream logic like Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. I would personally rate it above Bergman's The Magician which also dealt with a similar theme of an actor's reality and people's acceptance of him as a super human and their reluctance of considering him as a human being. Between the two of them, Nayak is more easy to understand whereas The Magician puts its characters in various shades of good and evil throughout its running time.

No such dramatics here and this movie is as good as it gets. I would rate it as one of his best movies amongst Pather Panchali and Charulata. The dream sequences were very well produced and were relevant to the storyline on a sub-conscious level.

The subtitling on the Angel DVD wasn't very well done and the dialogues sometimes whizz by without us being able to read them in time. For people who are familiar with Indian languages, it may not be such a big deal since several of the Bengali words can be understood by them; however for non-Indian speakers this may come across as irritating.

On a personal note, I am sometimes glad that not many people know about Ray because then I am able of recommending him to people who are in the know of the movie industry.


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