‘Satyakam’ directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee; ‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ directed by Satyajit Ray; and ‘Aradhana’ directed by Shakti Samanta, will be among the movies to be screened at the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India, under a special section ‘Golden Lining Indian Films’. This section will showcase 11 Indian language films, which were released in 1969 and have completed 50 years.
Starring Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore, ‘Satyakam’ based on the Bengali novel of the same name by Narayan Sanyal, follows Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings of truth and honesty. Set in 1946, just a year before India’s independence, it narrates the story of an honest engineer, Satyapriya Acharya, who ruthlessly follows a rationalist obsession to eliminate the difference between a fallible human being and infallible God, and faces a difficult life due to his uncompromising attitude. Made at a time when disillusionment with post-independence expectations had begun to take root across India, it is considered as one of the best movies in the country.
‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’, a fantasy adventure-cum-musical comedy based on a story by Satyajit Ray’s grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, is a cult Bengali movie. It features the characters namely Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne, with a liberal dose of ghosts, kings and magic potion.
‘Aradhana’ was the biggest hit of 1969 and is known for the melodious music by Sachin Dev Burman. It also gave India its first superstar, Rajesh Khanna.
Another movie featured in this section is the National award winning film ‘Tambdi Mati’ directed by Bhalji Pendharkar, which is the story of a young widow, who is troubled by a village miscreant, and her struggles to survive. Yet another movie, ‘Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai’ starring Prithviraj Kapoor and directed by Ram Maheshwary features music composed by S Mohinder. The film is noted for the song ‘Re Mann Aiso Karr’ which earned S Mohinder a National Film Award for Best Music Director in 1970.
Films to watch
‘Dr Bezbarua’ (Assamese)
‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ (Bengali)
‘Iru Kodugal’ (Tamil)
‘Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai’ (Punjabi)
‘Tambdi Mati’ (Marathi)