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Mahapurush (মহাপুরুষ)
DVD cover for Mahapurush
DVD cover for Mahapurush
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by RDB & Co
Screenplay by Satyajit Ray
Based on Birinchibaba 
by Parashuram
Starring Charuprakash Ghosh
Satindra Banerjee
Rabi Ghosh
Santosh Dutta
Music by Satyajit Ray
Cinematography Soumendu Roy
Edited by Dulal Dutta
Release dates
7 May 1965
Running time
65 min.
Country India
Language Bengali

Mahapurush (Bengali: মহাপুরুষ), or The Holy Man, is a 1965 film directed by Satyajit Ray, based on a short story Birinchibaba (বিরিঞ্চি বাবা) by Rajshekhar Basu.


After the death of his wife, Gurupada Mitter (Prasad Mukherjee), an advocate, has not been at peace. He and his daughter Buchki (Gitali Roy), meet Birinchi (Charuprakash Ghosh). Birinchi Baba claims to be ageless. He tells stories from the past; about his arguments with 'Plato' about time, how he taught E=mc2 to Einstein, and was on first-name terms with Jesu (Christ) and Gautam (Buddha). Birinchi Baba has a growing band of rich devotees.

Gurupada decides to patronize the holy man and become his disciple. Daughter Buchki is disappointed with her lover Satya. To teach him a lesson, she tells Satya that she is going to leave him and become a disciple of Birinchi Baba.

Satya turns to his friend Nibaran for his help. It does not take Nibaran long to realize that Birinchi Baba is a fraud. Nibaran and friends expose Birinchi Baba. The devotees feel foolish and perhaps have learnt a lesson.


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