Parash Pathar

  • Tulsi Chakraborty: Paresh Chandra Dutta
  • Ranibala Devi: Giribala Dutt ( Pareshs woman)
  • Kali Banerjee: Priyotosh Henry Biswas ( Pareshs private secretary )
  • Jahar Roy: Brajahari, the servant
  • Gangapada Basu: Businessman Kachalu
  • Haridhan Chatterjee: Police inspector Chatterjee
  • Bireswar Sen: policeman
  • Moni Srimani: Doctor Nandi
  • Chhabi Biswas, Jahar Ganguli, Pahari Sanyal, Kamal Mitra, Nitish Mukherjee, Subodh Ganguli, Tulsi Lahiri, Amar Mullick, Chandrabati Devi, Renuka Roy, Bharati Devi: Guests at cocktail party

Parash Pathar ( Bengali: পরশ পাথর, Paras Pathar; translated: ( The ) Philosopher's Stone ) is an Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray in 1958, he was based on the short story of Rajsekhar Bose. .


Paresh Chandra Dutta, a senior bank employee who is on a rainy afternoon on his way home from work. On the way he finds a small stone and takes it with him because of his beautiful smooth shape. At home, he gives him a little boy from the neighborhood. After a while the boy is excited to Paresh and shows that his tin soldier has transformed after he has touched with the stone. Paresh wants the mysterious stone that can transform any piece of metal into gold back have. He bribes the boy with candy and toys to return.

At home demonstrates Paresh his wife the magic power of the stone, by transforming some household items into gold. However, unlike his wife, he begin to wonder whether this philosopher's stone is really such a good find or not but rather a burden. Paresh lets himself be convinced and sold some items to test the authenticity of the metal at a gold dealer. On the way back he dreams of what he could turn anything to gold and what social recognition would be given to him. He leaves his taxi finally to a junkyard to stop and take from there two iron balls with.

Soon include Dutta of the richest and most respected citizens of Calcutta, living in a lush villa. He's a young man employed as a private secretary to the organization of his appointments. Paresh is integrated into the higher social circles, but is as upstart who is awkward in manners, shunned. His sudden wealth remains inexplicable to all and he is trying to keep his secret. At a cocktail party at the home of a businessman himself Paresh gets drunk and lets himself be carried away to a magic show in which he transforms metal into gold. At home he regretted his stupidity and dedicates his private secretary in on the secret.

The host of the party visited Paresh the next day and tried to snatch him his secret. Instead of the requested formula for the creation of such a stone Paresh recites some of the known in Bengal Everse nonsense of Sukumar Ray. Since these do not work, report to the businessman display for gold smuggling.

In a panic, Paresh gives the stone his private secretary Priyatosh and flees. When his car breaks down on the run, he was arrested. His only way to refute the accusation, is a demonstration of the power of the stone to court. Priyatosh had but these swallowed when police stormed into Pareshs house. The story generated a great interest in the population who tries everything in a hurry to sell gold in order to forestall a gold devaluation.

The police want to have the operation Priyatosh to get to the stone. An X-ray shows that the stone is slowly digested by him. As Priyatosh has digested the stone, it's all gold turned back into iron. The problem is solved; Paresh and his wife are dismissed and are relieved.


Ray began Parash Pathar during a rotational interruption of Jalsaghar to film. He later wrote in a letter to the film critic Marie Seton, that it is in this film to " a combination of comedy, fantasy, satire, farce and a touch of pathos " is.

Ray biographer Andrew Robinson believes, " the film would be one of Ray's best work, though some corners and edges would not reveal his hasty shooting time ," as " to give the humor of the film to Western audiences only partially ."


The film was invited to the International Film Festival of Cannes 1958, was at the ceremony but left empty-handed.