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The Goddess (1960)

Devi (original title)
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

Writers:

Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee (story) (as Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sharmila Tagore ... Doyamoyee
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Umaprasad (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Chhabi Biswas ... Kalikinkar Roy
Karuna Bannerjee ... Harasundari (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay)
Purnendu Mukherjee Purnendu Mukherjee ... Taraprasad (as Purnendu Mukhopadhyay)
Arpan Chowdhury Arpan Chowdhury ... Khoka, child (as Shriman Arpan Chowdhury)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anil Bag Anil Bag
Khagesh Chakravarti Khagesh Chakravarti ... Kaviraj
Anil Chatterjee ... Bhudeb (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Arabinda Kumar Chowdhury Arabinda Kumar Chowdhury
Shanta Devi Shanta Devi ... Sarala
Mohammed Israil Mohammed Israil ... Nibaran
Nagendranath Kabyabyakarantirtha Nagendranath Kabyabyakarantirtha ... Priest
Bholanath Koyal Bholanath Koyal ... (as Bholanath Kayal)
Anil Mitra Anil Mitra
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Storyline

'Devi' focuses on a young woman who is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

19 February 1960 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$93,215
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Priest: [singing] We pray to thee, O Goddess, source of all wisdom. We pray to thee, O Goddess, source of all wisdom, source of all security. We seek refuge in thee, our guardian. Namaste.
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Devotion and duty -- PLOT DISCUSSED
27 August 1999 | by mazumdarSee all my reviews

WARNING -- PLOT DISCUSSED -- Umaprasad is a modern man. He argues with his wife, Doyamoyee, about the value of a modern education when she asks him not to leave her at home for his college in Calcutta. (Doyamoyee is 17 and the two have been married for four years. They seem still to have the attraction of newlyweds for each other -- yes, it can happen, even with an arranged marriage!) Why do you need to go away for this kind of education, she asks him. Umaprasad's father is a good and learned man; he never needed that kind of an education and he has always done his duty to his family and to god. Doyamoyee and the father, a widow, have great regard for each other and while Umaprasad is away in the metropolis, the father's regard for his young daughter-in-law grows, slowly, to what we might consider an extremely pathological level. Is there some sexual tension behind this astonishing behaviour? It's always possible. But don't be misled; this film is not in any way about sex or perversity. All the outward manifestations of affection are very proper and correct in a Bengali context. (A foot massage given by a young wife to her father-in-law is not considered an erotic act, rather a dutiful one.) This film is about the nature of devotion and duty. The father's level of devotion becomes dangerous to everyone in the household -- for Doyamoyee, for Umaprasad, and for Umaprasad's elder brother Taraprasad and his wife Harasundari and their child. Umaprasad doesn't agree with his father, Taraprasad probably doesn't, Doyamoyee probably don't either. But what can be done? The father's devotion is perfectly logical in the context of tradition. How can Umaprasad speak against it? It will take courage. But courage to do what, destroy his own father? There is a complex web of duties involved. How will Umaprasad do his duty to his father? his wife? Has the childless Doyamoyee failed in her duties to her husband? How will Harasundari do her duty to her father-in-law as well as to her husband and to her young son? All these questions are implied. As usual, director Satyajit Ray applies a subtle hand -- given an extraordinary situation, what would you really do? How would you really behave? To westerners, Umaprasad's reaction to his father's actions may be unbelievable. This is perhaps a difference in place in time. Put yourself in his shoes -- devotion must be respected and duty must be done.


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