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Nayak: The Hero
9.0
/10
898 Ratings

NAYAK: THE HERO

নায়ক | Nayak

Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1966
Drama

Synopsis

A matinee idol Arindam Mukherjee is going by train to collect an acting award. On the train, he is confronted by a journalist Aditi who somewhat unwillingly starts to take his interview. Arindam, won over by Aditi’s naivete, starts to disclose his past, his fears and his secrets.

Synopsis

A matinee idol Arindam Mukherjee is going by train to collect an acting award. On the train, he is confronted by a journalist Aditi who somewhat unwillingly starts to take his interview. Arindam, won over by Aditi’s naivete, starts to disclose his past, his fears and his secrets.

Our take

The ever-symbolic pairing of the train and the cinema rumbles along in The Hero, which flickers with surreal dreams and existential pathos. A career-best performance from real-life matinee idol Uttam Kumar lends a psychological depth to the self-reflexive critiques of stardom and the film industry.