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Nayak (Nayak: The Hero)

Nayak (Nayak: The Hero) (1974)

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Aditi (Sharmila Tagore) is a pretty journalist who interviews the film star Arindam Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar Chatterjee) on a train trip to Delhi, and flashbacks are used to illustrate the main events in the actor's life. After she has completed the interview, Aditi tears up her notes and refuses to use the story that could change the public perception of the popular actor. Satyajit Ray directed and provided the screenplay and music for this feature that was shown at the 1966 Berlin Film Festival.

Feb 6, 2007

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Satyajit Ray's 1966 feature comes at the tail end of his early realist period, which included most of the films that won him his reputation in the West.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Mr. Ray, best known for his Apu trilogy, handles the proceedings with formidable deftness marked by a penetrating vision of performers and film-making.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It chugs along as a long train ride into the past.

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Without resorting to a cheap sexual encounter, Ray deftly guides the pair through a sensitive restrained relationship that is quite poignant...

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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In Nayak, Satyajit Ray explores the perils of success and being true to ones self through the journey (and an actual journey) of an actor. There is an undercurrent of 'Beware false idols about the film which is filmed and acted perfectly. The stand out scene has to be the fantastic dream sequence where our hero finds himself in mountains of money with many skeletons with telephones. And yes, It's as bonkers and brilliant as it sounds.
May 10, 2013
SirPant

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Nayak," Arindam Mukherjee(Uttam Kumar), a famous movie star, travels on a train to Delhi to accept an award, two days after being arrested for assault. Director Satyajit Ray uses this as a jumping off point for a thoughtful meditation on capitalism in a modernizing India that is in danger of losing its connections to its traditional past.(A train ride is the perfect place for contemplation, as Arindam thinks back on the critical junctures of his life.) Not only does Arindam have to worry about his movies making money(So, how does this affect their artistic content?), but there is also a journalist(Sharmila Tagore) on board. On the one hand, she does not want to turn her small newspaper into a gossip sheet, while on the other hand, is tempted into interviewing him to give her circulation a boost. And an advertising man is thinking about using his wife to land a huge account.(Bad enough, he is in advertising.)[/font]
October 2, 2007
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Walter M.

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A classic Satyajit Ray film. It's criminal that his films are not more readily avaliable. The story is a simple tale of a matinee idol, played by real life matinee idol Uttam Kumar, which would be why is performance seems so natural. Sharmila Tagore, is excellent, as is the case with all the other Ray films I've seen her in, and brings a great presence to all her scenes. It's also worth mentioning that there is a fantastic dream sequence in this. Overall, a masterpiece from Ray, albeit little known.

January 17, 2009
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Emily B.

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