(aka 'Heerak Rajar Deshe' or 'The King of Diamonds')

directed by Satyajit Ray
India 1980


Satyajit Ray did some television work in the early 80's. It seems quite a letdown that the most celebrated filmmaker in India's history would be making television films like this.

The musician duo of Goopi Gayin and Bagha Bayin make a comeback in this sequel (from Ray's delightful film of 1968 "Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne"), where they are invited to the court of the Hirak Raja (Diamond King), for their musical skills. They have to perform at the kingdom's Jubilee Celebrations. But coming to the kingdom, they use their natural goodness and curiosity to find out that all is not well in the kingdom. There is exploitation of poor farmers and diamond-miners. There are sycophant courtiers and ruthless armies. And there is a mad scientist with this Brain-washing machine. With the help of an upright school-master, Goopi and Bagha set out to correct the evils... with the help of their ghost-given skills, fast thinking and an impish sense of humor.
I think it is quite sad to have the great Satyajit Ray's name on this fluffy musical television film.

Theatrical Release: 1980 India - TV

DVD Review: Biswas Records -  Region 0 - NTSC

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Biswas - Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:51:48
Video 1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.13 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio Bengali (Mono) 
Subtitles English and none

Release Information:
Studio: Biswas Records

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.37:1

Edition Details:

• Rio Bio (7 text screens)
• Ray film advert (7:00)
• Indian film advert

DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003

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Chapters: 10


Another poor transfer - this is filled with long scratch's, poorly authored subtitles, hazy images and washed out colors. Better than Jana Aranya, but still quite pitiful. I wouldn't buy it if I were you.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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