|THE HOLY MAN (THE SAINT) (MAHAPURUSH) (director/writer: Satyajit Ray; screenwriter: from the story Birinchi Baba by Rajshekhar 'Parashuram' Basu; cinematographer: Soumendu Roy; editor: Dulal Dutta; music: Satyajit Ray; cast: Prasad Mukherjee (Gurupada Mitter), Charaprakash Ghosh (Birinchi Baba), Robi Ghosh (Birinchi Baba's assistant), Satindra Bhattacharya (Satya), Gitali Roy (Buchki), Somen Basu (Nibaran), Santosh Dutta (Professor Nani), Satya Bandyopadhyay (Nitai); Runtime: 67; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: R. D. Bansal: Big Home Video; 1965--India--in Bengali with English subtitles) )|
religious farce amiably directed by
by Dennis Schwartz
A religious farce amiably directed by Satyajit Ray ("Company Limited"/"The Chess Players"/"The Kingdom of Diamonds") that warns us to be wary of false gurus. Ray shoots it in black and white and adapts the comedy from the story Birinchi Baba by Rajshekhar 'Parashuram' Basu.
lawyer Gurupada Mitter (Prasad
Mukherjee) is lonely and depressed
over the recent death of his wife. The wealthy
widower resides with his teenage daughter Buchki (Gitali Roy). On a pilgrimage they
meet the charismatic braggart travelling holy man Birinchi Baba
(Charuprakash Ghosh), who claims to have given
Einstein his E=MC squared formula and other
incredible supernatural tales, and his animated
assistant (Robi Ghosh), who dazzle
the impressionable pair with an assortment of tricks
and stories. Mitter hopes to find a husband for his
daughter, and believes he can gain knowledge by
becoming the holy man's disciple. Meanwhile Buchki
has a falling out with her boyfriend
Bhattacharya) and wishes to spite him
by telling him she also intends to leave him and
become a disciple of the holy man. Satya turns to
his intellectual friend Nibaran
(Somen Basu) for help, who soon discovers the holy
man is a fake by setting a trap for him. This
enables the naive father and daughter to learn a
valuable life lesson and return to their senses.
A pleasant but unremarkable minor film, that makes a safe predictable statement against cheats.
REVIEWED ON 3/18/2014 GRADE: B-
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