The 1966 Bengali Indian film drama, composed, written and directed by Satyajit Ray, makes this film his second entirely original screenplay, after Kanchenjungha ( 1962). The story revolves around a matinee idol on a 24 hour train journey from Kolkata to Delhi to receive a national award. However, he winds up uncovering his mistakes, insecurities and regrets to a young journalist, who understands that behind the entirety of his egotistical exterior lies a profoundly upset man as his life’s story is slowly uncovered through seven flashbacks and two dreams.
The film stars Uttam Kumar ( Arindam Mukherjee) and Sharmila Tagore ( Aditi Sengupta), the young journalist.
The 24 hour story is successfully passed on recorded as a hard copy by the moving consideration of the audience towards different passengers (characters) who are going close by Arindam in the train. The travellers’ point of view is utilized as a device to show the crowd, the situation of Arindam in the general public and how his position is taken a gander at. Arindam’s background is shown through his dreams and the episodes he shares with Ms. Aditi Sengupta which we see through a series of flashbacks. They are much detailed and speaks a lot about his overall personality apart from his dialogues. The setting of the story, offers Ray the chance to investigate in a greatly improved manner with every one of his characters, where every one of them travel together regardless of their budgetary foundations and can intently discuss or put their thoughts and convictions about Arindam and the film business. So the train demonstrations a mode of room as a stage where one can transparently discuss or share their thoughts, progressively like an equitable space where no one’s conservative foundation was addressed yet their feelings were heard.
The visual of one man dozing driving into Arindam nod off and how the cadenced development encourages him nod off with the exception of one where he took a resting pill since he battled to nod off once more.
The principal long for him, where he sees a heaps of cash until out of nowhere the telephone rings, and the telephone stand which was made of a hand skeleton which talks a great deal about his internal musings. Shankar Da, his tutor during his theatre days, had a go at clarifying about the universe of Film, yet Arindam didn’t get it and later through the fantasy it was clear what he was cautioned about was some place materializing, which Arindam was stifling this while. The little spaces and enormous number of individuals actuate claustrophobia, impeccably adding to the inside battles uncovered in his fantasies. It’s this fantasy, which made him give a meeting to Ms. Aditi Sengupta and communicates his blame for not tuning in to his mentor and for not helping his companion Bireswar when he needed it. He makes reference to his explanation of heading out to Delhi as an approach to escape from this however amusingly this excursion of his turned out as a Self-disclosure.
While the film halfway spotlights on Arindam , different characters include themselves and their thoughts and convictions through extremely short story lines. All travellers go about as an approach to examine the attributes of Bengali society.
How one of the older traveller, Arindam’s co-traveller in the upset communicates how the Bengali film industry needs quality. Be that as it may, Arindam’s remark made on the old individual “family planning is important” says a great deal regarding the couple, where the girl was unreasonably youthful for such an older couple. There are numerous such episodes which talks a great deal about the Bengali Society during 1950’s and 60’s.
Toward the end when Arindam is flushed and wants to trust his bad behaviours. He requests that the conductor bring Aditi. He starts to uncover the purpose for the fight he was a piece of, however Aditi stops him, as she has just speculated thus did the crowd. It was an undertaking he’d had with one of his co-entertainers, Promila. As the star re-lives and looks at his existence with Aditi, a bond creates between them. Aditi understands that despite his popularity and achievement, Arindam is a desolate man, needing sympathy. Keeping him in mind, she decides to stifle the story and destroys the notes she has collected. She lets the saint protect his open picture.