Satyajit Ray

The Hero

The Hero

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.

Film Info

  • Satyajit Ray
  • India
  • 1966
  • 117 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali
  • Spine #911

Special Features

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

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program featuring an interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore
  • New program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to actor Uttam Kumar by director Satyajit Ray
    Original poster by Satyajit Ray
The Hero
Cast
Uttam Kumar
Arindam Mukherjee
Sharmila Tagore
Aditi Sengupta
Bireswar Sen
Mukunda Lahiri
Somen Bose
Shankar
Nirmal Ghosh
Jyoti, Arindam’s manager
Premangshu Bose
Biresh
Sumita Sanyal
Promila Chatterjee
Ranjit Sen
Mr. Bose
Bharati Devi
Manorama, Bose’s wife
Lali Chowdhury
Bulbul, the Boses’ daughter
Kamu Mukherjee
Pritish Sarkar
Susmita Mukherjee
Molly, Sarkar’s wife
Subrata Sen Sharma
Mr. Ajoy
Jamuna Sinha
Sefalika, Ajoy’s wife
Kamal Misra
Hiralal, film producer
Jogesh Chatterjee
Mr. Chatterjee, elderly journalist
Satya Banerjee
Swami
Gopal Dey
Conductor
Credits
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producers
R. D. Bansal
Producers
Sharankumari Bansal
Screenplay
Satyajit Ray
Cinematography
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Art director
Bansi Chandragupta
Music
Satyajit Ray
Sound
Nripen Paul
Sound
Atul Chatterjee
Sound
Sujit Sarkar

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A Closer Look at Bengali Superstar Uttam Kumar
A Closer Look at Bengali Superstar Uttam Kumar

Film scholar Meheli Sen discusses the particular qualities that made Bengali actor Uttam Kumar a star and the perfect leading man for Satyajit Ray’s The Hero.

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The Hero: Depths and Surfaces
The Hero: Depths and Surfaces

Bengali cinema icon Uttam Kumar stars as a matinee idol on the brink of failure in this deeply introspective meditation on art and fame.

By Pico Iyer

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