GenreDrama Music directorAli Akbar Khan Duration LanguageBengali
Release date19 February 1960 (1960-02-19) WriterPrabhat Kumar Mukherjee (story), Satyajit Ray (screenplay) CastSharmila Tagore (Doyamoyee), Soumitra Chatterjee (Umaprasad), Chhabi Biswas (Kalikinkar Roy), Karuna Bannerjee (Harasundari), Purnendu Mukherjee (Taraprasad) Similar moviesRelated Satyajit Ray movies
devi the goddess 1960
Devi (Bengali:দেবী; English:The Goddess) is a 1960 Bengali drama film by director Satyajit Ray, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore. It is based on a short story by Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay. The title means "Goddess".
In 19th century rural Bengal, Dayamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) and her husband Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee) live with Umaprasad's family. His father, Kalikinkar Choudhuri, is a devoted follower of the goddess Kali. Since Umaprasad is away at school, Dayamoyee takes care of her father-in-law.
One evening, Kalikinkar has a dream that Dayamoyee is an avatar of Kali and must be worshipped as such. Soon other people also come to believe that she is an incarnation of the goddess. After hearing the news, Umaprasad returns home but is unable to remedy the situation as Dayamoyee herself begins to believe that she is an avatar, a belief which soon turns to tragedy.
Chhabi Biswas - Kalikinkar Choudhuri
Soumitra Chatterjee - Umaprasad
Sharmila Tagore - Dayamoyee
Purnendu Mukherjee - Taraprasad
Karuna Banerjee - Harasundari
Arpan Chowdhury - Khoka, child
Anil Chatterjee - Bhudeb
Kali Sarkar - Professor Sarkar
Mohammed Israil - Nibaran
Khagesh Chakravarti - Kaviraj
Nagendranath Kabyabyakarantirtha - Priest
Santa Devi - Sarala
The Academy Film Archive preserved Devi in 1996.
National Film Awards
1960: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Bengali