Parash Pathar (1958)

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Parash Pathar is a 1958 Bengali language Indian fantasy comedy film. It was Satyajit Ray's first film apart from the Apu Trilogy. It was also his first comedy and first magical realist film. Adapted from a short story of the same name by Parasuram (Rajsekhar Bose), the film offered an early glimpse of Ray's sense of humour, centered on a middle-class clerk who accidentally discovers a stone that can turn other objects into gold.

Satyajit Ray himself described the film as a "...combination of comedy, fantasy, satire, farce and a touch of Pathos." The film was entered into the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Best Film).

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