Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Devi (1960)

A young daughter-in-law is revered as a goddess after her father-in-law has a vision that she's an incarnation of Maa Kaali (Goddess Kaali). A mass hysteria follows. The odyssey from a mere mortal to that of goddess is swift and exalting. But for the 'goddess' herself, is the transformation a boon or a curse?

Satayajit Ray's Devi leaves us viewers with some not so very comforting questions. It reminds us that no matter how much we mortals want it, there's no going back home.

PS: For more information on subtitles, please see Apur Sansar.

[Original pic by Eva Marieville]