My Old Addiction

The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne)


(out of 5)

A terrific storybook adventure bursting with comedy and music, aided by gorgeous direction from a lighthearted Satyajit Ray and a beautiful visual landscape. Sweet and simple Goopy is booted from his village for annoying everyone with his tuneless singing, wandering into the wilderness and meeting an equally shunned drummer who calls himself Bagha after they ward off the threat of a tiger. A ghost king takes pity on these poor stragglers and grants them three wishes, which they wisely use towards granting themselves supplies whenever they need them, the ability to travel whenever they want it, and the talent for music that they so very much lack. They are granted their desires but, when they realize that none of their wishes involve a roof over their heads, decide that the solution is to travel to a faraway kingdom and win a contest to become palace musicians. When they arrive, they find themselves in the middle of a conflict between two kings who are brothers, with one of them ready to make war on their host thanks to his being under the influence of a conniving prime minister and a nefarious wizard. Ray himself wrote, directed, costumed and scored this eccentric indulgence, which excels on all counts including the beautiful songs. Compare it with an Indian-themed fantasy film not made by an Indian filmmaker, Fritz Lang’s Tiger of Eschnapur for example, for an illustration of the divide between a culture’s own imaginative view of itself versus that of an outsider.

Purnima Pictures

India, 1969

Directed by 

Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the story by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by Satyajit Ray

Production Design by

Costume Design by Satyajit Ray

Film Editing by



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