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The Hero

Directed by Satyajit Ray
1966
India
117 minutes
All Ages
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Set aboard a train full of colourful characters, Ray’s send-up of the Bengali film industry features a charismatic performance by one of its biggest stars, Uttam Kumar.
A departure for Ray in many ways, this wonderfully engaging comedy-drama features an original screenplay by the director (instead of his usual literary adaptations). It also stands out for the unusual casting of such a big star – who boldly satirises himself. Kumar is magnetic as Arindam Mukherjee, a vain, sensitive and troubled matinee idol travelling by train to collect an award in Delhi. When he meets an aloof journalist (the great Sharmila Tagore) who is unimpressed by his celebrity status, Mukherjee begins pouring out his life story. Witty dialogue, surreal dream sequences and a terrific supporting cast make for a memorable journey.

Restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive with funding from the Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
[Ray]… takes a theme we think we know already and makes it poignant where we expect it to be satirical, heartfelt where we anticipate formula, and deeper than anyone has a right to expect.
Pico Iyer, Criterion

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Wed 15 Jun
7pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Program Strand
Ray Retrospective
Original Title
Nayak
Year
1966
Classification
All Ages
Country
India
Language
In Bengali with English subtitles
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
R. D. Bansal, Sharankumari Bansal
Cast
Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen
Screenwriter
Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Genre
Cinephile, Retrospective, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive with funding from the Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. Rights: RDB Entertainment.
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