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