In this psychologically rich character study, written and directed by Satyajit Ray, Bengali film star Uttam Kumar draws on his real-world celebrity to play Arindam Mukherjee, a matinee idol on the brink of his first flop. When Mukherjee boards an overnight train to Delhi to accept an award, a journalist (Sharmila Tagore) approaches him seeking an exclusive interview, which initiates a conversation that sends the actor reeling down a path of self-examination. Seamlessly integrating rueful flashbacks and surreal dream sequences with the quietly revelatory stories of the train’s other passengers, The Hero is a graceful meditation on art, fame, and regret from one of world cinema’s most keenly perceptive filmmakers.
.Interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore
.New program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen
.New English subtitle translation
.An essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to Kumar by Ray
The Hero Blu-Ray-$39.95
The Hero DVD-$29.95