Synopsis: A matinee idol Arindam Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar) is going by train to collect an acting award. On the train, he is confronted by a journalist Aditi (Sharmila Tagore) who somewhat unwillingly starts to take his interview. Arindam, won over by Aditi's naivete, starts to disclose his past, his fears and his secrets. On a parallel track, a number of sub-plots unfold (involving an advertising executive and his wife, a businessman and his family, a silent swami and a cranky old man) to reveal the hypocrisies and frailties of the society. The film reaches a climax when Arindam, overcome by his guilt, contemplates suicide and is dissuaded by Aditi. The next morning, Aditi who had surreptitiously taken notes of their conversation destroys them - not wanting to reveal Arindam's darkest secrets. When the train reaches its destination, Arindam alights and is surrounded by his fans and is back to his normal star self where there is no place for guilt, confessions and Aditi.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Satyajit Ray
Production: Trans World Attractions
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

Are you going?


I didn't like your decision.

After all it is a

award from the Government.

There is prestige attached.

I don't understand any award.

It's just a relief from all

these round the clock problems.

It's fortunate that I didn't get

a plane reservation.

If you had decided beforehand

you would have gotten.

a private train compartment.

Now you'll have to

share it with somebody.

I don't care. I'll have sleeping

pills and just sleep through the tip.

Who travels with me

is not my concern at all.

Then, shall I cable Delhi? Let

them meet you at the station.

Three, four, five, six,

seven, eight, nine and ten.

The cable may not reach them.

Phone them up.

Phone up Sunil also.

The hell with it. The line is busy.

What's the report about the movie?

- It's only the second week.

Can't you do it by this time?

It's the end of the month and people

don't have money in their pockets.

These things were never said

before. Why do I hear them now?

Tell me what is in

that movie except you?

I'm in it. Isn't that enough?

Not enough, brother.

Times have changed.

Silly public. Whimsical lot.

Only if I could flatten

them with a steam roller.

- Wow brother!

What will I do for a

living without the public?

I'll eat rice and fish from the

roadside restaurant.

No brother no!

Even I can't have breakfast without

the tea costing 14 pounds per kilogram.

I'm only a satellite.

Read that article in the paper.

Hello trunk.

What is this? This article!

How long?

- Just a few minutes.

Are you going to Delhi?

It appears so.

Lucky I could meet you.

Will you have something

other than tea?



This is written by that Chakravarty.

This chap is going

beyond limits these days.

Phone up Nilomoni that I'm

leaving and sorry for the trouble...

I have kept the sixteenth

reserved for him.

What about Mr. Sen?

Let him kill himself.

He will surely not die.

I'll have to manage him.

Now let me finish my work.

What's my horoscope?

What does it say? Is the time good?

- Yes, very auspicious.

But my reading is exactly the

opposite, Mr. Hiralal.

The opposite?

In what respect?

It says that the journey will

be auspicious but no contract.

You must be joking.

Do you read the newspapers?

- Newspapers?

Do you read anything other than

news about stocks and shares?

A little.

- Then you don't know the news.

What news?

Two nights ago... a club... a drunken state...

...I assaulted someone.


- Means left and right.

Left, right?

You understand thrashing?

- Oh, thrashing.

The gentleman misbehaved with me...

...and in front of a lady too.

- Did he?

In that case do you think it would

have been right

to bear it?

- Not at all.

The gentleman didn't know that

I act well in one particular role.

And that role is that of a fist fighter.

Fist fighter?

- Just like this, a left jab.

Though when I have a little more

to drink the punch is not accurate.

However the gentleman didn't

have the courage

to confront me for the second time.

That's great!

You have done correctly.

You have done the right thing.

But even after trying

to hush up the news

it's in two newspapers today.

What difference does it make?

There is nothing to it, Mr. Hiralal

but it will delay the

signing of your contract

But you had said...

- Nothing. Everything is empty.

You had promised an advance.

- Everything after I return on Friday.

Please hold, he's coming.

Who is it?

- The heroine.

Tell me.

I heard you're going.

- Yes, I'm going.

By air?

- No by train.

Shall I come along?

- I'd be happy if you don't come.

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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (Bengali: [ˈʃɔt̪ːodʒit̪ ˈrai̯] ( listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, music composer and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali Brahmo family of Bengali Kayastha origin which was prominent in the field of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves (1948) during a visit to London. Ray directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic. He authored several short stories and novels, meant primarily for young children and teenagers. Feluda, the sleuth, and Professor Shonku, the scientist in his science fiction stories, are popular fictional characters created by him. He was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959) form The Apu Trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, a number of additional awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992. more…

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