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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uttam Kumar ...
Arindam Mukherjee
Sharmila Tagore ...
Aditi
Bireswar Sen ...
Mukunda Lahiri
Somen Bose ...
Sankar
Nirmal Ghosh ...
Jyoti
Premangshu Bose ...
Biresh
Sumita Sanyal ...
Promila Chatterjee
Ranjit Sen ...
Haren Bose
Bharati Devi ...
Manorama (Mr. Bose's wife)
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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Satyajit and Uttam - two genius together
29 June 2004 | by (Tokyo) – See all my reviews

Though Uttamkumar is not the favorite of the class audience as opposed to Saumitra Chatterjee, the favorite of Satyajit Ray himself, this movie is one of the two occassions where Uttam and Satyajit came together and the outcome is a masterpiece. To me, this is the best creation of Ray. Satyajit rightly chose one and only Uttam as the 'Nayak'.Undoubtedly, Uttam,whose movies are intimately woven to every bengali's life even after 24 years of his death, is the alltime silver screen idol of all generations of Bengali film lovers. Though Uttam didn't get the much blessings of the classy directors compared to his arch rival Soumitra, this is one of the few occassions where Uttam got the chance to prove his acting skill and explioted to the fullest extent.

The story starts when there are two news regarding Arindam, played by uttam, published in the news papers - one is the fighting in a night club and the other that he has been nominated for a prestigeus award. In a train journey to delhi, he reveals himself to a lady reporter played by Sharmila. It was a self digging in a form of informal interview. The movie shows the public life and the personal life of a celebrity and all within the time span of a train journey and the flashbacks.

Finally, whoever likes good movie and haven't seen it already, its should be a must-see one.


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