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Devi

Devi

Original name: Devi
English name: The Goddess
Year: 1960
Run time: 99 min
Language: Bengali
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Black & White
Country: India
Director: Satyajit Ray
Producer: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas, Purnendu Mukherjee, Karuna Banerjee, Arpan Chowdhury, Anil Chatterjee, Kali Sarkar
Screenplay: Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer: Subrata Mitra
Editor: Dulal Dutta
Sound Designer: Durgadas Mitra
Music Composer: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Production Designer: Bansi Chandragupta
Production Company: Satyajit Ray Productions

Festivals:

  • Cannes FF 1962

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 1977 Shatranj Ke Khiladi
  • 1963 Mahanagar
  • 1960 Devi
  • 1959 Apur Sansar
  • 1958 Jalsaghar
  • 1956 Aparajito
  • 1955 Pather Panchali

Director’s Biography:

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray is perhaps the most influential director to work in Indian cinema and captivate the world with its magic. Influenced by the poetic humanism of Jean Renoir and the Italian neorealist movement, Ray made his debut Pather Panchali—the first instalment of his acclaimed Apu Trilogy. Over the course of a long, remarkably varied career that encompassed forays into a wide array of genres—including period pieces, comedies, detective mysteries, and documentaries—Ray applied his compassionate, lyrical vision to explorations of female liberation (Mahanagar, Charulata), the clash between tradition and modernity (Jalsaghar), and the impact of British colonialism (Shatranj Ke Khiladi). Overflowing with humanity, humour, and exquisite visual imagery, Ray’s films are nothing short of essential.

Synopsis:

The film explores the conflict between fanaticism and free will, issuing a subversively modern challenge to religious orthodoxy and patriarchal power structures. In rural India in the second half of the nineteenth century, after his son leaves for Kolkata to complete his studies, a wealthy feudal landlord is seized by the notion that his beloved daughter-in-law is an incarnation of the Mother Goddess—a delusion that proves devastating to the young woman and those around her.