» » Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969)

Short summary

Goopy wants to sing, and Bagha wants to play the dhol. They meet accidentally and are helped by King of Ghosts. With newly endowed abilities, they land in kingdom of Shundi, where their adventure begins.

The voice of ghost king in this film is given by famous director Satyajit Roy himself.

Santosh Dutta played double role in the movie

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    • Author: Bludsong
    The great Satyajit Ray has become one of my favorite filmmakers, and unfortunately it's become very difficult to see most of his films in the US. GOOPY GYNE BAGHA BYNE easily ranks as one of Ray's most intriguing creations - a wonderful family film, which also contains the complex philosophies that enliven Ray's many other masterpieces. In his own film writing, Ray expressed admiration for certain experimental filmmakers who came to prominence during the 50s and 60s, and this film gave him an opportunity to do a bit of stylistic experimentation of his own, while also creating something of a tribute to his father's and grandfather's writings. The results are one of Ray's finest films.

    I won't summarize the plot, which is well-described here. But I would point out several outstanding elements of GOOPY AND BAGHA - the first would be Ray's creative use of effects - apparently the film was made on a small budget, but the story is captivating enough that one doesn't really notice - such constraints force a filmmaker to rely upon his own expertise, imagination and ability to improvise and innovate, and in this regard, GOOPY AND BAGHA almost feels like a great, kids version of a 'new wave' film (in the best senses of the term) - willing to try the unexpected, and confident that the unexpected will work well.

    A second strength is Ray's creation of a sophisticated family film that has much to offer adult viewers - GOOPY AND BAGHA offers a great amount of hope and strength in the face of a changing world, as the film was made at a time in which momentous and troubling events were occurring throughout the globe. I'm certain that Ray was mindful of this, and sought to incorporate a sophisticated engagement with changes in the outside world into the underlying philosophy in this dreamlike and magical film. Many writers have commented in vague fashion on Ray's 'humanism,' but the worldview expressed is far more detailed and wide-ranging than that term would imply - a well-thought way of looking at life connects all of Ray's films, and that includes this one.

    A magnificent film, one very much deserving of wider appreciation around the globe.
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    • Author: Broadcaster
    It is one of the greatest as well as, one of the most under-rated masterpiece in the history of cinema (comparing its overseas success w.r.t other notable Ray films). Handling of characterizations, simplicity, political undertones, musical sensibility and the masterly crafted visual aspects not only makes it a special gift for child viewers but also becomes a coherent masterpiece for movie lovers.

    It is the adventure of goopy the singer and bagha the drummer, both driven out from their kingdom because of their horrible musical cacophony, got three boons from the king of ghost and froze everyone by their music. The rest is their terrific story that tells the the music of humanity and gracious peace. All the actors, Tapen Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh and specially Santosh Dutta gave astounding performances. And then it is Satyajit Ray, the god of cinema, has shown how beautifully a musical which is so much Indian, can be made ....all the song are so pure,freshening and lastly so deep to the roots. Many important social aspects are presented by simple and linear narratives. Even the visual stunts for ex. dancing shadows of demons (a masterly choreographed sequence), sequences when gopy and bagha moved to their desired places by clapping or the war song where sweets appear on the sky and fell on ground is starling and fresh even in Today"s intricate visual effect era.

    Lastly handling of emotions, for instances the sequence where raja of Amloki drove goopy out leaving only his father in tears and despair whereas, the villagers were having fun, or fist song "dekho re" where goopy overjoyed in disbelief hearing his own voice, or the king of halla who ran in joy at the last scenes because of his freedom, will surely touch your heart. And if you see the movie carefully, u can always feel the influence of it in a deep subconscious level. Evil surrounds a major part of the human mind and beyond desire and greed all of us ultimately want to be free and happy!! Honestly speaking the movie is like a dream where the characters have become strong enough to go above bindings of anger and greed and say so simply the futility and stupidity of war.......three boons of king of ghost came out to be the boons that every human crave it not only for cinematic experience but also for its gracious humanism that is surely going to move you.....................
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    • Author: Mogelv
    A must see for all children . A fantastic adventure story with amazing effects of the time.(i think it deserved an Oscar for the effects). Satyajit Ray has made a master piece. Even today I watch the movie and am not bored.FANTASTIC.
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    • Author: Kulasius
    I rate 10 to the movies I can watch hundred times, time and again. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne is one of them. I grew up watching this movie, watched several times and each time was none the less exciting...charming.

    One of Ray's great directorial acumen was to select perfect casts for the movie. If you just see the actors he chose to perform various characters in the movie, you will think that the story was actually written keeping them in mind. And the actors impeccably perform their parts.

    This is the story about two simpleton musicians who were respectively banished by their village for their cacophonous music and coincidentally teamed up in a forest lived by ghosts. Furtunately the king of ghosts liked their music and gave them three magical boons. There started the adventure of Goopy and Bagha.

    Another powerful aspect of Ray's movies is their music. Mostly he composed himself. He did for this movie too. One more fact keeps you wondering is how such a fairy tale movie can be made with so less special affects and low cost. The sets were adorned with crafts and symbols that accentuate the ambiance, like the Magician's room in the palace of Shundi.

    This is the first of the movies about adventures of Goopy Bagha. There are two more of them - Heerak Rajar Deshe (In the land of Diamond King) and Goopy Bagha Phire Elo (Goopy Bagha Return) - each worth watching, the third movie is directed by Ray's son, Sandip Ray.
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    • Author: Steelrunner
    I was not merely pleased, rather I was shockingly impressed by the level of finesse in the art work of this movie. Some of the stuff is years ahead of its times.

    The dark shadows of ghosts, their dances and the part of the movie in which Goopy and Bagha meet the beings from the other side is plain superb. A must see.
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    • Author: Fordredor
    In today's age where most kids and family films are nothing more than mindless action or stupid humor, this was a breath of fresh air to more enchanting times back then when it was about adventure and wonder. Some kids may balk at the fact that this is black and white and from another country (including subtitles which for newcomers can get a little getting used to), but eventually they will discover this film's magic. I would like to travel to India sometime in my life for all its enchanted splendor and the adventures of the two lovable musicians captures it beautifully. The cinematography really deserves some accolades especially in the King of Ghost song and dance number that still looks a little freaky yet still delightful. I've seen Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy which is just as magical and this movie is never boring in any frame. This one's hard to find but worth it all.
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    • Author: Riavay
    This is the story of two village idiots and the fantastic gifts they get and their further adventures, the film has 2 more sequels, one of the rare films that actually has sequels ! for 1968 the special effects are amazing, remember this is no Hollywood stuff, Indian film of a low-medium budget one of the best written and directed films, definitely a must see !

    the sequels (name forgotten) are also instant classics, the comedy is hilarious, and i am 20 years old and just seen this film and it wasn't outdated at all !

    i am glad satyajit ray got an Oscar as life time achievement, he truly deserved that
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    • Author: Jogrnd
    Still not available on DVD? This film (and it's sequel) are unique for Satyajit Ray, who (except for some tongue-in-cheek detective films)spent his cinematic career portraying the conflicts and contradictions of modern Indian society in films that are both realistic and poetic (like the films of his mentor, Jean Renoir). Many of them feature characters trying to make the transition from traditional, village-based life to modern urban life (e.g. the Apu trilogy, Mahanaghar), or trying to preserve traditions in a world that no longer has a place for them (e.g. Jalsaghar). This is one of the main themes of African literature and cinema as well.

    Many of Ray's films also show women trapped by tradition (Devi, Charulata) or using their education and ingenuity to escape from it (Mahanagar). But in the fairy tale world of Goopy and Bagha, both talent and opportunity are given them by divine intervention, because their desire to make music attracts the deity's attention. And when one of them is betrothed to a princess (leaving the other empty-handed) a local king obligingly asks if they need another princess. Contrast this with the plight of Apu in the real India, looking for a job after graduating from college. A prospective employer shows him a large room full of people who spend all day, every day, sorting old buttons into trays.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, Ray's fantasy is beautifully photographed, and full of realistic psychological detail (as well as sly humor) which draw us effortlessly into the story. How long will it be before this, and Ray's other films, are available on DVD?
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    • Author: Agagamand
    The film is simply superb .... a real masterpiece. The film is so rich in every respect - Nothing new to say. It had all sort of spices, ghost, a good king, an abnormal king, palaces, evil prime minister, evil magician, etc.It was a new landmark in the Indian film. This is an evergreen film for generations to come. The songs were beautiful. Only one small defect. In the last song when Goopy wanted lots and lots of sweets, they should have clapped.Because, they get food only both of them claps. Here foods came but there were no clapping! But this is very very negligible. And finally we have to admit a new quality of songs.The lyrics, the background music, the comedy within the songs - a completely new type.
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    • Author: Ximathewi
    Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne is a must watch for any one who loves good is a movie for all those who enjoy the beauty of life in all it's simplicity.the story starts with Goopy who is eventually ousted by village king and how he meets Bagha and how they encounter the king of ghosts and thereby receiving three boons from is from here that these two lads set on an adventure.

    This movie scores in all direction.the music,lyrics and the screenplay are by the master director himself and he shows his mastery in each and every field he explores.indeed a true legend!!!The performance of Rabi ghosh and Tapan chatterjee is brilliant.they have immortalised the character of Goopy and Bagha.Santosh dutta a regular in ray movie is outstanding along with Jahar Ray in the role of a cunning minister of Halla.

    the kind of message the movie conveys is what stays with you till the end of the day.the movie highlights the power and beauty of music in sharp contrast to the war loving minister of halla.ray shatters the romanticism associated with war through his mastery.

    one scene that deserves mention is the morbidly under fed spy's report on "Shundi's" military secrets where he dreamily describes the calm peaceful serenity of birds in lush green pastures and the happiness of the folk only to be ridiculed by the obese ,war mongering minister chomping on his mid day feast

    this movie has remained in the hearts and mind of the people since the time it released in the year 1968.if any of u haven't watched this movie then u have definitely missed all those who have missed this movie get hold of a DVD and for those who have watched it,do the same!!!
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    • Author: Qutalan
    This movie depicts three basic needs of a human being : Food, Travel and amusement. Gupi and Bagha are two characters who meet in a jungle being banished by the King of their village. They by chance meet the King of Ghosts and he gives them three boons for their simplicity and innocence. The first boon : 'They will get food whenever they want' , ' the second : 'they can go anywhere they want' and the third : 'they will master art of music and everybody will be spell bound and motionless while they sing'. Only for the first two boons they have to clap each others hand. They travel (by clapping) to Shundi (a kingdom) to participate in a music competition and win. They become the King's court musicians. They found that all the people in Shundi except the family of the King were dumb because of an epidemic. Unfortunately in Halla (another kingdom governed by the King of Shundi's brother) the Minister drugs the innocent King and prepare to war against Shundi. He engages his chemist to prepare a cure for the dumbness of the people of Shundi. The reason is strange. According to him " If the people of Shundi don't say what they need then how can I bar them from having that?". Gupi and Bagha journeys to Halla and the things start to happen.
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    • Author: Reighbyra
    Gupi Gyne Bagha Byne is the most famous child fantasy in bengali films.....whether a child have seen Titanic or Jurassic Park but he/she definitely have seen this movie...i first saw this movie when i was 3 yrs old.and then i have seen this movie more than 100 times.after banishing from their villages gupi n Bagha met in a jungle and became friends.and then the king of ghost impressed with their music and gave them 3 boons.first,they get food,clothes etc by clapping their hands,second,they can go wherever they want by clapping their hands,third,they'll became master of music.and then they headed to a kingdom called Shundi.where they were send to a mission which they accomplish at last.but the great director Satyajit Ray have done an wonderful 1968 with a shoestring budget of 600000 rs he have done great special effects,lighting,camera work atlast i can say just one thing in the movie gupi n bagha got 3 boons and we bengalis got 1 boon which is the great Satyajit Ray.
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    • Author: Amis
    The series introduces Satyajit Ray to most of the bengali children even today.Extracting the bests from low or at times,almost nil experienced actors.Still staying tied to a story which as always have been with Ray's movies,deals with complexities of human natures.This movies talk about peace,less demanding people who know very well how to deal with their lives properly and helps others to learn it. The rural bengal has been portrayed in this movie at it's best.The songs have soothing music and pleasant lyrics.The low cost movie uses cheap techniques of bringing special effects but the quality of the movie easily overcomes these drawbacks
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    • Author: Gir
    (Reviewed on the basis of watching on Video 44 years after release)

    Plot: Goopy and Bagha, after being exiled from their villages encounter a gang of ghosts in a bamboo-forest. The king of the ghosts grants them 3 boons which bestow them with supernatural powers. They soon head to Shundi where news arrives of the imminent attack by the kingdom of Halla. The king of Shundi sends them to Halla for espionage to prevent this war. Will Goopy and Bagha be able to save Shundi by using their magical powers?

    Review: 'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne' written by Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury has forever been a children's favourite. So when his able grandson, the great Satyajit Ray decided to adapt this book for the big-screen; expectations were bound to surge. And it's a joy to say that they have been far exceeded!

    Although the genre of children's films was not totally absent, yet in the 60's they were still hard to come by. With the filmy-scenario ruled by emotional dramas and occasional comedies, Ray's version comes as a refreshing diversion; not only in mainstream Bengali cinema but also in Ray's own body of work. Considering the Apu-trilogy was not meant for children, 'GGBB' was the first of the many children's films to roll out from Ray's stable. The fact that this film is meant to entertain the children is evident from the characters and their mannerisms. Most of the characters are often seen behaving in a childish manner; be it in their animated expression of anger, fear, and wholehearted laughter and breaking into spontaneous jigs with crazy lyrics. Plus the unprecedented special effects to go with it. All of this makes an instant connect with the little ones is undeniable. There is a distinct feel of comedy running throughout the film, seen before only in 'Parash Pathar' and 'Mahapurush'.

    But it would be a huge misstatement to regard 'GGBB' only as a kiddy- flick. Just like any film of a great director, this film also communicates with its viewers in different layers. While it might not mean much more than fun entertainment for the adolescents, it conveys an anti-war message for the grey-hairs by discouraging wars among 'brothers'; a theme that shall remain as relevant till eternity.

    The film begins with a light-hearted tone and it doesn't budge from it for an instant. But as the film progresses and the actual devilry of the minister and his magician become gradually apparent, the gravity of the story gets well understood. Yet, all this is conveyed sub-consciously without once breaking the ambiance of fun; which is where Ray's mastery stands well distinguished.

    Tapen Chatterjee as the bumpkin Goopy with a childish smile and expressions is a great discovery. Robi Ghosh after 'Galpo Holeo Sotti' gets another lead role as the ambitious, commanding and shrewd Bagha; and he does full justice to it. Although, a better wig could have been expected. Jahar Roy is suitably cast as a comic villain in the role of the bandit-turned-cunning minister. Harindranath Chatterjee as the evil- magician Barfi who speaks in an alien tongue and resides in a curiously designed den, is a revelation. His total get-up, movements, phonetically hilarious dialogue-delivery and occasional expressions of the man who knows it all, are marvelous. But the show-stealer is undoubtedly Santosh Dutta in a virtual triple role. While the kind-hearted king of Shundi is a cake-walk for him, he shows his class as the dual-sided king of Halla. He is flawless as the innocence-personified twin brother (with a lovable voice) who turns into the executioner-loving tyrant upon being drugged. The contrast in body-language and dialogue-delivery is simply brilliant. A special mention has to be made of the character of the 'smiling assassin' wickedly flaunting all his teeth all the time. Kudos to Ray for creating this character which appears in just two scenes, doesn't utter a single word yet leaves a deep impression. It's due to him, Jahar and Santosh that the whole sequence involving the foreign delegates becomes my favourite from the film.

    But the character which over the years has become synonymous with Goopy & Bagha, is the iconic 'Bhooter Raja'. Immortally voiced by Ray himself, the king creates a lasting impression not only with his incredible appearance but also with his largesse. This, one of the earliest appearances of a ghost in Bengali cinema certainly played a big role in altering people's perception towards the super-natural.

    A truly-gifted never ceases to amaze with his/her bounty of talents. Such is the case with Ray. After spellbinding the world with his film- making and writing skills, he decides to bowl us over with his music and lyrical talents. Barring 'Jalshaghar' before this, hardly any other Ray- flick featured separately composed songs. Wonder why; when he could create songs like these! He garnishes the film with eight masterpieces, different in taste and feel. The lyrics are thought-provoking or insane but always simple. 'O Mantrimashai' is my personal favourite. Unearthing Anup Ghosal as Goopy's voice deserves credit; so does the odd choice of actor Kanu Mukherjee for the song 'Halla choleche juddhe'.

    Yet, the script has some minor loopholes. When Bagha plays his drum to please the kids, they don't become 'spellbound' in the literal sense. When the sentries capture Goopy and Bagha, Goopy could have easily started singing and escape; unless he was gagged which then should have been shown. The first message received by the king of Shundi was in some pictorial language, while later he received another one in pure Bengali; both from Halla! The ability of Goopy and Bagha to order the sweets to drop from the skies is also debatable; but can be pardoned considering the cinematic effect it creates.

    Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne shall forever remain a distinguished film in Ray's filmography; for the fact that it is his only all-out mainstream entertainer. But more importantly, it's a classic children's fare that shall enthrall generations to come.
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    • Author: Small Black
    It is a an amazing movie, not just in the terms of it being simple or the reason that it was primarily made for children but the direction, the interplay of lights and within them the characters spanning a magnificent adventure story that must be seen by all children and adults.

    I am in awe of this film... Although I would like to know something. If anyone knows about the raga being sung by the Hindustani vocalist in the movie? This scene is at the time when Goopi and Bagha have just found their powers and ate wholesome food using it and they here a singing sound coming from a distance. After sometime it appears that a vocalist is practicing his raga sitting in a palki while going to Shundi to participate in a music competition. I am quite fascinated by the vocals and would like to know which raga is being sung....
  • Complete credited cast:
    Tapan Chatterjee Tapan Chatterjee - Goopy (as Tapen Chattopadhyay)
    Rabi Ghosh Rabi Ghosh - Bagha (as Robi Ghosh)
    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Ajoy Banerjee Ajoy Banerjee - Visitor to Halla
    Iva Banerjee Iva Banerjee
    Ratan Banerjee Ratan Banerjee - Court singer at Shundi
    Durgadas Bannerjee Durgadas Bannerjee - King of Amloki
    Ramen Bhaduri Ramen Bhaduri
    Binoy Bose Binoy Bose - Village elder / visitor to Halla
    Dilip Bose Dilip Bose - (as Dilip Basu)
    Govinda Chakravarti Govinda Chakravarti - Goopy's father
    Abani Chatterjee Abani Chatterjee - Village elder
    Bhaswati Chatterjee Bhaswati Chatterjee
    Kartik Chatterjee Kartik Chatterjee - Court singer at Shundi / visitor to Halla
    Nripati Chatterjee Nripati Chatterjee
    Santi Chatterjee Santi Chatterjee - Commander of Halla army
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