Devi

Master filmmaker Satyajit Ray explores the conflict between fanaticism and free will in Devi (The Goddess), issuing a subversively modern challenge to religious orthodoxy and patriarchal power structures. In the waning days of mid-nineteenth-century India’s feudal system, after his son (Soumitra Chatterjee) leaves for Kolkata to complete his studies, a wealthy rural landowner (Chhabi Biswas) is seized by the notion that his beloved daughter-in-law (a hauntingly sad-eyed Sharmila Tagore) is the reincarnation of the goddess Kali—a delusion that proves devastating to the young woman and those around her. The opulently stylized compositions and the chiaroscuro lighting by cinematographer Subrata Mitra heighten the entrancing expressionistic intensity of this domestic tragedy, making for an experience that is both sublime and shattering.

Film Info

  • India
  • 1960
  • 93 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Bengali
  • Spine #1102

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program featuring interviews with actors Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee, recorded in 2013
  • New video essay by film scholar Meheli Sen
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Devika Girish

    Cover based on an illustration by Satyajit Ray

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Oct 26, 2021

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program featuring interviews with actors Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee, recorded in 2013
  • New video essay by film scholar Meheli Sen
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Devika Girish

    Cover based on an illustration by Satyajit Ray
Devi
Cast
Chhabi Biswas
Kalikinkar Roy
Soumitra Chatterjee
Umaprasad Roy
Karuna Banerjee
Harasundari
Sharmila Tagore
Doyamoyee
Purnendu Mukherjee
Taraprasad Roy
Arpan Chowdhury
Khoka
Anil Chatterjee
Bhudeh
Kali Sarkar
Professor Sarkar
Credits
Director
Satyajit Ray
Produced by
Satyajit Ray Productions
Screenplay adapted from the short story by
Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee
Based on an idea by
Rabindranath Tagore
Cinematography
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Art director
Bansi Chandragupta
Music
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Sound
Durgadas Mitra