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Nayak: The Hero (1966)

Nayak (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 May 1966 (India)
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

Writers:

Satyajit Ray (story), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uttam Kumar ... Arindam Mukherjee
Sharmila Tagore ... Aditi
Bireswar Sen Bireswar Sen ... Mukunda Lahiri
Somen Bose Somen Bose ... Sankar
Nirmal Ghosh Nirmal Ghosh ... Jyoti
Premangshu Bose Premangshu Bose ... Biresh
Sumita Sanyal ... Promila Chatterjee
Ranjit Sen Ranjit Sen ... Haren Bose
Bharati Devi ... Manorama (Mr. Bose's wife)
Lali Chowdhury Lali Chowdhury ... Bulbul (Mr. Bose's daughter)
Kamu Mukherjee Kamu Mukherjee ... Pritish Sarkar (as Kamu Mukhopadhyay)
Susmita Mukherjee Susmita Mukherjee ... Molly (Mr. Sarkar's wife) (as Susmita Mukhopadhyay)
Subrata Sensharma Subrata Sensharma ... Ajoy (as Subrata Sen)
Jamuna Sinha Jamuna Sinha ... Sefalika (Ajoy's wife)
Hiralal Hiralal ... Kamal Misra
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

6 May 1966 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hero See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

R.D.Banshal & Co. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The train service shown in this movie still runs in the present days in between Howrah (Kolkata) and New Delhi. At that time the train was called as 'AC Deluxe Express' since the train was consisted of AC coaches only. But later Non-AC coaches were added and the train was renamed as 'Poorva Express'. Everyday it leaves Howrah at 8AM and Reaches New Delhi at 6AM next day. The return journey starts from New Delhi at 5:30PM and reaches Howrah at 5:15PM next day. Before the introduction of Rajdhani Express this train was one of the most prestigious trains in India. However, majority of the train interiors were replicated in the studio for this film, but they were created as the life replicas of the train itself in order to reflect the actual train interior. See more »

Quotes

Arindam Mukherjee: There's no scope of overacting in front of camera; if you overact a little, then it will magnify tenfold in the camera.
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Connections

Referenced in Autograph (2010) See more »

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Consortium of Greatness in 2 hours

I was around 14 years old when I first saw this masterpiece of Satayajit Ray. One very common thing between Ray and Kurosawa I noticed was introspection of perception.

A train journey allows a superstar to introspect his life and career which leaves him in shattered pieces. Uttam Kumar as Arindam was simply unbelievable and so was Shartmila Tagore as the reporter who was acting as a mirror (much needed) for Arindam to reflect.

This movie will give everyone a glimpse of the price paid to succeed. Success here is the Devil and greed here is the devil's advocate.... the price..........."SOUL"

A must watch if you are a movie lover....My Vote - 9/10


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