Hirok Rajar Deshe (1980)





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A charming children's film with adult references to politics and human nature, this story takes up where Adventures of Goodpy and Bagha left off. Two men were able to marry local princesses because of a pair of magic shoes they acquired. But they are getting a little restless with the good life and when they travel to another kingdom on a state visit, they are spurred into action. The king of that region owns fabulous diamond mines, and he is mercilessly exploiting the miners and others in his kingdom, keeping them fooled about their lives with heavy-duty propaganda. As might be expected, a lot of singing and dancing (much of the songs composed by Ray) accompany the story as the two men set out to change the king and his unethical ways.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Government of West Bengal


Soumitra Chatterjee
as Professor Udayan
Utpal Dutt
as King Hirak
Santosh Dutta
as King of Shundi
Rabi Ghosh
as Bagha
Promode Ganguli
as Udayan's Father
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Critic Reviews for Hirok Rajar Deshe

All Critics (1)

It's a competently made fairy-tale film, but it's the kind of film perhaps any good director could have made and did not need a great one.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Hirok Rajar Deshe

First and foremost a children's movie, so the message against tyranny is well-meaning but rather blunt. In general it's formulaic but entertaining enough, with lovely (though cheap) sets and charming songs written by Ray himself. The major weak point is a 20-minute long scene in the first act, which doesn't even have Goopy and Bagha in it. It seems to me like this would try the patience of any child. And kids may be amused by Bagha's bug-eyed expressions, but I thought they were pretty stupid.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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