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Posted by martinteller on February 22, 2007

It should be a given by now that these DVDs suck, so I’ll skip the gripes about that.  Mahapurush is another hour-long film, a companion piece to Kapurush.  It’s clearly one of the lesser works in Ray’s oeuvre, a simple satire about a holy man and a group of friends who scheme to expose him as a fraud.  Religious charlatans might have been bold subject matter in 1965 India, I’m not sure.  I got really confused at the climax and didn’t understand how their plan worked.  I might have liked it a little more if I had grasped exactly what happened.  From what I could tell, it wasn’t a very good plan.  Anyway, the movie is amusing but not terribly so.  The final scene evoked a chuckle, but overall The Chess Players is funnier.  One thing I noticed about these two works is that they both make use of flashbacks, which is rather unusual for Ray.  Rating: 6


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