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Naayak

Naayak

Satyajit Ray (1966)

112min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
Satyajit Ray was often accused of being apolitical and this study of a film star's emotional state as he pours out his heart to the female journalist he hopes will revive his flagging fortunes has often been derided for its narrow focus. But, in packing a train compartment en route to Delhi with representatives of Bengal's new bourgeoisie, Ray succeeds in showing how all strata of the Establishment lose touch with their constituents once they have tasted wealth and power. Uttam Kumar ably conveys the desperation of a celebrity forced to confront his true nature as his carefully manicured fa├žade cracks. But, as is often the case, it's Ray's humanism that makes the deepest impression.

Summary

A film star travelling by train to collect an award allows a journalist to interview him, and begins to disclose potentially damaging facts about his past. Realising the information could drastically alter the public's perception of the actor, the reporter faces the tough decision of whether to publish what she knows. Satyajit Ray's drama, with Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore. In Bengali.

Cast & Crew

Arindam Mukherjee Uttam Kumar
Aditi Sharmila Tagore
Mukunda Lahiri Bireswar Sen
Sankar Somen Bose
Jyoti Nirmal Ghosh
Director Satyajit Ray
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Other Information

Language: Bengali +subtitles Black and White Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on DVD

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