Devi (1960)

Posted: December 21, 2015 in Bangla 1960-70, Bengali films, Satyajit Ray, Soumitro Chattopadhyay


A patriarch (Chabi Biswas) runs his household sternly. His son (Soumitro) brings home a daughter-in-law after marriage. The man has a dream that his daughter-in-law (Sharmila Tagore) is a goddess. A strange incident occurs whereby a sick child gets cured when brought to her.

Predictably when she is put on a divinely pedestal, things go wrong. .. A sequence depicts the patriarch falling at the feet of his daughter-in-law. Even when she tries to flee with her husband, she returns after witnessing an image of a goddess lying on a river bank. This expose on religious superstition is based on a story by Prabhat Mukhopadhyay. The film is directed by Satyajit Ray, and music is scored by Ali Akbar Khan.

An interesting trivia is that the Brahmo director composed a Shyama Sangeet in this film.

Rating: 3 out of 5



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