7.7/10
896
4 user 1 critic

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.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Rajshekhar 'Parashuram' Basu (story), Satyajit Ray (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Teen Kanya (1961)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Based on popular Indian stories of the great writer Rabindranath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Chandana Banerjee, Aparna Sen
The Holy Man (1965)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A devout Hindu family falls victim to a charlatan posing as a holy man.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Charuprakash Ghosh, Rabi Ghosh, Prasad Mukherjee
The Goddess (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu
The Adversary (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Asgar Ali, Arabinda Banerjee
The Middleman (1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A bright and idealistic young man steels himself for the dog-eat-dog business world, only to flounder in a job market packed with thousands of other hopefuls.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Pradip Mukherjee, Rafiq Ahmed, S. Bagchi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Chatterji is an ambitious and self-made young man who becomes the director of the company he works for.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Barun Chanda, Paromita Chowdhury
The Stranger (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Utpal Dutt, Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar
The Coward (1965)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Calcutta based screenwriter Amitabha Roy is traveling to Hashimara in north Bengal partly to visit his brother-in-law and partly to do research for what will be his third film. En route ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Haradhan Bannerjee
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The musical duo of Goopi and Bagha make a comeback when they are invited to play for a king.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Rabi Ghosh
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tulsi Chakraborty ... Paresh Chandra Dutta (as Tulsi Chakravarty)
Kali Bannerjee ... Priyotosh Henry Biswas (as Kali Bannerji)
Ranibala Ranibala ... Giribala Dutta
Gangapada Basu Gangapada Basu ... Kachalu (Businessman)
Haridhan Mukherjee Haridhan Mukherjee ... Police Inspector
Jahar Roy Jahar Roy ... Bhajahari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chhabi Biswas ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Bharati Devi ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Chandrabati Devi Chandrabati Devi ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Jahar Ganguli Jahar Ganguli ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Subodh Ganguli Subodh Ganguli ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Tulsi Lahiri Tulsi Lahiri ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Kamal Mitra Kamal Mitra ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Nitish Mukherjee Nitish Mukherjee ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Amar Mullick Amar Mullick ... Guest at Cocktail Party
Edit

Storyline

An underpaid middle-aged clerk finds a 'parash pathar', a stone that changes iron to gold on touch.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

18 February 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Paras-Pathar See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Degrassi: The Next Generation: Don't Dream It's Over (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Enjoyable yet thought-provoking
17 April 2009 | by Jag85See 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


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed