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The Philosopher's Stone (1958)

Parash Pathar (original title)
An underpaid middle-aged clerk finds a 'parash pathar', a stone that changes iron to gold on touch.


Satyajit Ray


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




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


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

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A very humane comedy
1 November 2005 | by amit_imt2002See all my reviews

This is probably one of the least recognized but very well loved movie of Satyajit Ray.The fact that it is comedy but not necessarily a children's movie may have something to do with it.I have seen this movie at least twice and the charm of the movie increases with every viewing.The film begins with a look at the life of its protagonist who is the archetype Bengali middle class aged clerk living in the Kolkata of the 50s .His discovery of the philosopher's stone and his consternation at its power hints at the hidden fantasies of most middle class people who secretly dream of overnight riches but are scared of its consequences. As we follow his adventures with the stone till the movie ends on a note which celebrates humanity in line with Rays philosophy we are entertained in stellar fashion by the king of movie-making.I cannot recommend it highly enough!!

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Release Date:

18 February 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Paras-Pathar See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

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