Devi (1960 film)

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Directed bySatyajit Ray
Written bySatyajit Ray
StarringSoumitra Chatterjee
Sharmila Tagore
Music byUstad Ali Akbar Khan
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Edited byDulal Dutta
Release date
  • 19 February 1960 (1960-02-19)
Running time
93 minutes

Devi (English: The Goddess) is a 1960 Bengali drama film by director Satyajit Ray, starring Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee. It is based on a short story by Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay. The title means "Goddess".

Plot synopsis[edit]

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.



The Academy Film Archive preserved Devi in 1996.[1]

Critical reception & legacy[edit]

The film received critical acclaim upon its release.[2] On Rotten Tomatoes, Devi holds a score of 100% based on 10 reviews for an average rating of 7.6/10.[3] Directors William Wyler and Elia Kazan have described the film as "poetry on celluloid".[4][5]


National Film Awards
Cannes Film Festival

Other credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
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  6. ^ "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Devi". Retrieved 22 February 2009.

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