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Nayak (1974)





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Aditi is a pretty journalist who interviews the film star Arindam Mukherjee on a train trip to Delhi. 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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Trans World Attractions


Uttam Kumar
as Arindam Mukherjee
Kamu Mukherjee
as Pritish Sarkar

Critic Reviews for Nayak

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mr. Ray, best known for his Apu trilogy, handles the proceedings with formidable deftness marked by a penetrating vision of performers and film-making.

Full Review… | July 9, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

It chugs along as a long train ride into the past.

Full Review… | January 12, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Without resorting to a cheap sexual encounter, Ray deftly guides the pair through a sensitive restrained relationship that is quite poignant...

Full Review… | July 9, 2007
Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Nayak

Satyajit Ray's answer to Wild Strawberries? A man travels to receive an award, and during the journey reflects on his life in flashbacks and dreams. Ray's protagonist is a much younger man, but the similarity seemed striking to me. Ray's film contains less revealing human insight than Bergman's, although he does get in some good criticisms of the film industry. Overall, it's a fine film that slowly sucked me in. Good performances and direction but I had hoped for something a little deeper.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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. Photobucket

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer


[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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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