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
- An essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to Kumar by Satyajit Ray