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In rural 19th-century India, the Doyamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) marries Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee) and moves in with his family. Doyamoyee cares for her husband's elderly father, Kalikinkar (Chhabi Biswas), who dreams that the girl is a goddess. Kalikinkar, who is respected and wealthy, convinces the locals to worship the girl, and she starts to think she has healing powers. When the villagers bring their sickly to Doyamoyee for help, Umaprasad tries to intervene, but tragedy strikes.

Cast & Crew

Chhabi Biswas
Kalikinkar Roy
Arpan Chowdhury
Khoka, child
Kali Sarkar
Professor Sarkar
Mohammed Israil
Nibaran
Khagesh Chakravarti
Kaviraj
Santa Devi
Sarala
Prabhat Mukherjee
Writer
Subrata Mitra
Cinematographer
Ali AKbar Khan
Original Music
Dulal Dutta
Film Editor
Bansi Chandragupta
Production Design
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Audience Reviews for Devi

  • May 12, 2008
    "Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon." Akira Kurosawa In that case I am seeing the sun and moon for the first time. The Goddess, otherwise known as Devi, is a simple but memorable tale. Doyamoyee is a young woman living in a rural town in Bengal with her wealthy extended family. Her Husband is studying English, and although she doesn't want him to, he leaves for Calcutta to finish his exams. One night Doyamoyee's Father-In-Law has a vision that Doyamoyee is the incanation of the Goddess Kali, he gets up and falls at her feet. Believing that she is a Goddess, her family and the villagers start worshipping her. Doyamoyee doesn't belive for a second that she is in fact a reincarnation and can do nothing to stop it. Until one day, when a sick child is bought to her and surprislingly is cured. This event leads Doyamoyee to question whther she really could be a Goddess. By this time her husband has now returned and makes an offer of running away from this madness, but she refuses as she can't be sure whether she is a reincarnation or not. When another sick child is bought to her, (her nephew), she fails to cure him. This leads Doyamoyee to run away, and in the beautiful final scene we see her running into the midst uncertain of her fate. Beautifully shot in black and white and surprisingly good, this exceeded my expectations. I look forward to exploring Ray's work more.
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