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128 Ratings

The Hero


Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1966


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.

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The Hero Directed by Satyajit Ray

Critics reviews

What distinguishes the art-house film from the would-be blockbuster is that the former is more ready to fail. . . . The fact that this film isn’t as seamless as Pather Panchali is part of what makes it so affecting, and enduring. The sign of a master is that he deals in questions, not resolutions¬—that he pulls us away from the payoffs of plot and into the maze of inquiry. By that token, The Hero succeeds quite wonderfully, scattering far more questions than even Ray could begin to answer.
February 22, 2018
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The easy thing to say is that Ray made 2 1/2 hour “70-minute films,” devoting images, ideas, and details (location, characterization, custom) to the sorts of plots even the most concerned filmmakers wouldn’t think warranted the running time. But that only makes his films sound bloated, when in fact they’re lean. . . . Ray’s a “problem filmmaker,” not a “solution filmmaker,” and, like all of his best films, NAYAK uses its excess of scenes to complicate what should be a simple story.
July 30, 2010
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