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Hirak Rajar Deshe (In the kingdom of diamonds)
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by Govt. of West Bengal
Written by Satyajit Ray
Starring Tapen Chatterjee ,
Rabi Ghosh,
Utpal Dutta,
Soumitra Chatterjee,
Santosh Dutta,
Promod Ganguli,
Ajoy Banerjee,
Kartik Chatterjee,
Haridhan Mukherjee
Release date(s) 1980
Running time 118 min.
Language Bangla
Preceded by Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
Followed by Goopy Bagha Phire Elo

Hirak Rajar Deshe (Bengali: হীরক রাজার দেশে Hirok Rajar Deshe, lit. "in the land of the Diamond King". English title: Kingdom of Diamonds) is the second movie of the Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne series directed by Satyajit Ray. A unique aspect of the film is that most of the dialogues exchanged by the protagonists of the film are rhyming. The only person who did not speak in rhyme, was the teacher, symbolizing that though the thoughts of everybody else is bound, the teacher was a free-thinker. The film was followed by the third movie of the series Goopy Bagha Phire Elo made by Satyajit Ray's son, Sandip Ray.

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Plot

The magically musical duo of Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne make a comeback in this sequel, where they are invited to the court of the Hirak Raja (The Diamond King), for their musical skills. They are to perform at the kingdom's Jubilee Celebrations.

Goopy and Bagha are bored with their lives as crown princes of Shundi and Halla. They are looking for a change, which comes in the form of a chance to visit Hirak Rajya(Land of Diamonds), known for its huge diamond mines. They jocundly set out for Hirak Rajya. But little do they know of the mechanitions of Hirok Raja(Utpal Dutt). The king is a tyrant. Diamonds and riches get pent up in his treasuries, while his subjects starve and suffer. Those who protest, are taken care of in the 'Jantarmantar', a chamber for brainwashing devised by the scientist (Santosh Dutta), whose full name is Gobeshok Gobochondro Gyanotirtho Gyanorotno Gyanambudhi Gyanochuramoni. His ministers are mere puppets. The only enemy the king has in his land is Udayan Pandit (Soumitra Chatterjee). He is a local school teacher, but more than that he is a believer of values. The king forcefully closes his school down. Udayan flees to hide in the mountains. Meanwhile, Goopy and Bagha are on their way to Hirok Rajya. By coincidence, they meet Udayan, who intimates them of the king's true nature. The two impress Udayan with their magical powers, who plans to use them against the tyrant. Goopy and Bagha agree. The duo then head into Hirok Rajya, where they are welcomed with grandeur. They entertain the rogue king, but also start plotting the overthrow, by brainwashing the king himself! They rob the treasury(guarded by a tiger!) for bribing the guards. But the king has his tricks too. He captures Udayan and all his students, and takes them to the Jantarmantar for 'processing'. But Goopy Bagha have already reached there using their magical powers. They have also bribed the Gobeshok into their side, alonwith the guards. On reaching the Laboratory, the king and his ministers are stunned magically by Goopy's singing, and then pushed into the Jantarmantar.

Cast

Goopy - Tapen Chatterjee
Bagha - Rabi Ghosh
Hirak Raja - Utpal Dutta
Udayan Pandit - Soumitra Chatterjee
Raja of Shundi - Santosh Dutta
Gobeshok Gobochondro Gyanotirtho Gyanorotno Gyanambudhi Gyanochuramoni - Santosh Dutta
Prohori (sentry) - Kamu Mukhopadhyay

Songs

Mora Dujonay Rajar Jamai
Naa... Na... Aar Bilombo Noy
Cholo Jai Ghure
Aaha ki Anondo
Aaha shagore Dakho Cheye
Eki Drishyo Dekhi Anyo
Himalaya
Eshe Heerok Deshe
Dhoro Nako Shantri Moshai
Paye Pori Baghmama
Nohi Jontro
Mora Goopy Bagha Dujon Bhayra Bhai

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