Devi (1960 film)

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Directed by Satyajit Ray
Written by Satyajit Ray
Starring Soumitra Chatterjee
Sharmila Tagore
Music by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
Cinematography Subrata Mitra
Edited by Dulal Dutta
Release date
  • 19 February 1960 (1960-02-19)
Running time
93 minutes
Country India
Language Bengali

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".

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]


National Film Awards
Cannes Film Festival

Other credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. 
  2. ^ "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Devi". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 

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