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Nayak

Director : Satyajit Ray

Cast : Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore & Others

A famous actor of Bengali films, Arindam Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar), is invited to the capital, Delhi to receive a prestigious award. All the flights are booked, which forces him to take the train. The morning newspaper arrives and carries with it a detailed article on an altercation he had been involved in. In the restaurant car, he meets Aditi Sengupta (Sharmila Tagore), a young journalist who edits a modern women’s magazine. He soon starts to reveal his personality, and also brings to surface the inner insecurities and his consciousness of the limitations of his ‘powers’. Aditi initially takes notes, surreptitiously, but later on, out of empathy almost bordering on pity, stops. However, critical of the star, she interrogates him, leading to further introspection on his part. Slowly, his guilt about the way things turned out is very visible.

As the star re-lives and examines his life with Aditi, a bond develops between them. Aditi realizes that in spite of his fame and success, Arindam is a lonely man, in need of empathy. Out of respect for him, she chooses to suppress the story and tears up the notes she has written. She lets the hero preserve his public image.