The Hero Film Still

The Hero

Satyajit Ray

The Hero (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Feb 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • India
  • 1966
  • 117 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali
  • Spine #911

In this psychologically rich character study, written and directed by Satyajit Ray, Bengali film star Uttam Kumar draws on his real-world celebrity to play Arindam Mukherjee, a matinee idol on the brink of his first flop. When Mukherjee boards an overnight train to Delhi to accept an award, a journalist (Sharmila Tagore) approaches him seeking an exclusive interview, which initiates a conversation that sends the actor reeling down a path of self-examination. Seamlessly integrating rueful flashbacks and surreal dream sequences with the quietly revelatory stories of the train’s other passengers, The Hero is a graceful meditation on art, fame, and regret from one of world cinema’s most keenly perceptive filmmakers.


Arindam MukherjeeUttam Kumar
Aditi SenguptaSharmila Tagore
Mukunda LahiriBireswar Sen
ShankarSomen Bose
Jyoti, Arindam’s managerNirmal Ghosh
BireshPremangshu Bose
Promila ChatterjeeSumita Sanyal
Mr. BoseRanjit Sen
Manorama, his wifeBharati Devi
Bulbul, their daughterLali Chowdhury
Pritish SarkarKamu Mukherjee
Molly, Sarkar’s wifeSusmita Mukherjee
Mr. AjoySubrata Sen Sharma
Sefalika, his wifeJamuna Sinha
Hiralal, film producerKamal Misra
Mr. Chatterjee, elderly journalistJogesh Chatterjee
SwamiSatya Banerjee

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore
  • New program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to Kumar by Ray

    Original poster by Satyajit Ray

Other Editions

The Hero (Criterion DVD)

20 Feb 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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