|German title||The hero|
( nayak )
|Country of production||India|
The top film star Arindam Mukherjee travels to Delhi by train (since all flights were booked out) to receive a film award. He's in a bad mood as his latest film seems to be flopping and the morning press has reported his involvement in a brawl. He is in a compartment with a family of three.
In the dining car he is approached by the young reporter Aditi, who is not interested in his films, but was encouraged by other fellow travelers to try an exclusive interview for her magazine. Arindam refuses, as it is better not to reveal too much private information when you are in the spotlight. The other travelers talk to each other for different purposes.
In his compartment, Arindam falls asleep and has a troubling dream. He runs through mountains of money that trickles down from above, bony hands stick out of the piles of money and he finally sinks into money; a friend refuses to help him get out of there. Then he wakes up from the dream.
Confused, he tells this story to Aditi in the dining car, as it is the most pleasant of all travelers to him because of its lack of interest in his starring character. Aditi begins to secretly take notes. Arindam tells in brief flashbacks. How he got from theater to film; as his theater director tried to deter him: film is glamor, not art; his shock at his sudden death; his first day in film with the despotic, now forgotten star Mukunda Lahiri; about his politically active friend, whom he had to refuse to help out of publicity; how Lahiri begged him for a role years later.
Arindam gets drunk and when he's already thinking of jumping off the train, he has a conductor call Aditi. He tells her about the ambitious Pramila, who wanted to become an actress and with whom he had an affair that was the cause of the brawl at the club the day before. Also that his latest film is a flop and that he expects his career to end. Aditi doesn't want to hear about it and sends him to his compartment.
Shortly before arriving in Delhi, they say goodbye in the dining car. Aditi met a lonely man behind the facade of the "lucky star". Out of respect for his openness, she tears up her notes in front of him.
After Kanchenjungha, Nayak is Ray's second film whose script was originally written by him. The film is based on the biography of Uttam Kumar . He was the most successful star of Bengali commercial cinema at the time. The strength of the film is its formalism, with the surrealist dream scene being the artistic highlight.
“A biography nested in artistic flashbacks, as entertaining as it is moving in its sensitively formulated doubts about supposed values such as fame and success. Formally not one of the director's masterpieces, but still well above average and impressive due to the humane content. "
“Artful Indian film narrative in flashbacks about the life of a young actor, moving in its simplicity and permeated with strong and sincere humanity. In their cautious doubts about fame and success, valuable entertainment from 16. "
- National Film Award Best Screenplay and Story, New Delhi, 1967
Berlin International Film Festival 1966
- Critics' Prize (Unicrit award), Berlin, 1966
- Special Jury Award, Berlin, 1966
- The hero in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Photos, plot, etc.
- Nayak (The Hero) ( Memento from February 22, 2013 in the Internet Archive )