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The Goddess (1960)

Devi (original title)
A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee (story) (as Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sharmila Tagore ... Doyamoyee
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Umaprasad (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Chhabi Biswas ... Kalikinkar Roy
Karuna Bannerjee ... Harasundari (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay)
Purnendu Mukherjee Purnendu Mukherjee ... Taraprasad (as Purnendu Mukhopadhyay)
Arpan Chowdhury Arpan Chowdhury ... Khoka, child (as Shriman Arpan Chowdhury)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anil Bag Anil Bag
Khagesh Chakravarti Khagesh Chakravarti ... Kaviraj
Anil Chatterjee ... Bhudeb (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Arabinda Kumar Chowdhury Arabinda Kumar Chowdhury
Shanta Devi Shanta Devi ... Sarala
Mohammed Israil Mohammed Israil ... Nibaran
Nagendranath Kabyabyakarantirtha Nagendranath Kabyabyakarantirtha ... Priest
Bholanath Koyal Bholanath Koyal ... (as Bholanath Kayal)
Anil Mitra Anil Mitra
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Storyline

'Devi' focuses on a young woman who is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

19 February 1960 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Goddess See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$93,215
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Taraprasad: If my brother's wife is a goddess, then that makes me a good boy, too, doesn't it?
[laughs]
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provocative psychological drama - NOT bollywood
10 October 2004 | by rex-10See all my reviews

This film was made in 1960. This is interesting because it is highly doubtful that the same film could be made in India today, in spite of India's massive film industry. The film does a great depiction of the crisis faced by people struggling to be modern yet encumbered with the traditional systems and the specter of having been colonized.

The younger son is ready to walk away from the bondage of traditional and as he sees, the superstition of the traditional life. Of course, he is reaping the benefit of life as a high caste. His young wife becomes the Devi - the embodiment of the goddess. This film also works well for its psychological content for the way we see the father project his desires onto those around him, and the choices faced by each character. In light of the fundamentalism worldwide - Christian, Muslim & Hindu - it is hard to image that this film could be made today in India since it leans to a skeptical view of Darsan and the goddess.


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