Not Rated | | Drama
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.
A rough cut was seen by John Huston who brought the film to the attention of Hollywood.
Listen - you lived in Benares a long time. Do people know you there?
Harihar Ray: Some certainly do.
Sarbojaya Ray: Isn't there a ghat by the river where priests sing and recite from the scriptures?
Harihar Ray: It's called Dashashamedh Ghat.
Sarbojaya Ray: They earn a lot there, right?
Harihar Ray: I suppose.
Sarbojaya Ray: Then ...
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