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Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by Purnima Pictures (Nepal Dutta, Asim Dutta)
Written by Satyajit Ray, adapted from 'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne' by Upendrakishore Ray (Roychowdhury)
Starring Tapen Chatterjee,
Rabi Ghosh,
Santosh Dutta,
Harindranath Chatterjee,
Jahar Roy,
Santi Chatterjee
Chinmoy Ray
Cinematography Shoumendu Roy
Editing by Dulal Dutta
Release date(s) 1968
Running time 120 minutes
Country India
Language Bengali
Budget Rs. 6 lakh ($12,000) [1]
Followed by Hirak Rajar Deshe

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (Bengali: গুপী গাইন বাঘা বাইন Gupi Gain Bagha Bain), directed by the late Satyajit Ray and based on a story by his grandfather Upendra Kishore Ray, is a popular Bengali children's film. It is sometimes released in the English-speaking world as The Adventures Of Goopy And Bagha. It is one of Satyajit Ray's few films with an abundance of musical numbers.

According to Ray, the film was made as a request from his son who had encouraged him to make a film specifically for a younger audience. Adapting the story "Goopy Bagha," which was written by his grandfather Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury, Ray wrote the screenplay and also composed the songs and music for the film. Working with source material already familiar to audiences, especially in Bengal, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne has become one of Ray's most well-known and successful films in India, but remains one of his least-seen or known films elsewhere in the world.

The film was followed by a couple of sequels. Hirak Rajar Deshe was released after eleven years and Goopy Bagha Phire Elo was released after twenty two years - all of them followed the commercial success of the first film.

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Story

The story revolves around Gopinath Kyne (alias Goopy, played by Tapen Chatterjee), the son of a poor grocer Kanu Kyne from a village called Amloki. Goopy wants to become a singer but has a hoarse voice. Persuaded by village elders to sing for the king, he does so and is driven out of Amloki on a donkey for waking the king with his terrible singing. Exiled into a forest, he meets Bagha (Rabi Ghosh), another exile from nearby Hortuki sent to the forest - in Bagha's case, due to playing a drum badly. They start singing and drumming, initially to scare off a roaming tiger, and in the process they attract a group of ghosts who are fascinated by their music. The king of ghosts grants them three boons:

  • They can get food and clothes whenever needed by clapping their hands,
  • They are given a pair of magic slippers with which they can travel anywhere,
  • They gain the ability to hold people in awe with their music.

They travel to Shundi, where a benevolent king appoints them court musicians. However the king of Halla (the long lost brother of the king of Shundi) is planning to attack Shundi, after being poisoned with magic potion that makes him evil, given to the king of Halla by his self-centered prime minister. Goopy and Bagha travel to Halla in an attempt at preventing the attack, but are captured instead. Since they have now lost their slippers, they can't escape by magic, but manage to do so instead by strategy. They arrive singing and drumming when the soldiers are about to launch their attack, capturing the king of Halla, who is returned to Shundi. The two brothers are reunited and Goopy and Bagha marry the daughters of the two kings.

Cast

  • Tapan Chatterjee - Goopy
  • Robi Ghosh - Bagha
  • Santosh Dutta - King of Shundi / King of Halla
  • Harindranath Chattopadhyay - The Magician
  • Ajoy Banerjee - Visitor to Halla
  • Ratan Banerjee - Court singer at Shundi
  • Durgadas Bannerjee - King of Amloki
  • Binoy Bose - Village elder / visitor to Halla
  • Govinda Chakravarti - Goopy's father
  • Abani Chatterjee - Village elder
  • Kartik Chatterjee - Court singer at Shundi / visitor to Halla
  • Santi Chatterjee - Commander of Halla army
  • Gopal Dey - Executioner
  • Shailen Ganguli - Visitor to Halla
  • Roy Jahar - Prime Minister of Halla
  • Tarun Mitra - Court singer at Shundi
  • Haridhan Mukherjee - Village elder
  • Prasad Mukherjee - King of ghosts / village elder
  • Khagen Pathak - Village elder
  • Chinmoy Roy - Spy of Halla
  • Joykrishna Sanyal - Court singer at Shundi
  • Mani Srimani - Visitor to Halla

Songs used in the film

  • Dekho Re Nayon Mele
  • Bhooter Raja Dilo Bor
  • Maharaja! Tomare Selam
  • Ek Je Chhilo Raja...
  • Ore Baghare
  • Halla Choleche Juddhe (which does not appear in the official soundtrack)
  • O Mantri Moshai
  • Ore Baba Dekho Cheye

Awards

Wins
Nominations

References

  1. ^ Mohammed Wajihuddin (7 September 2004). "THE UNIVERSITY CALLED SATYAJIT RAY". Express India. http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=98548. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  2. ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063023/awards. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 

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