The Middleman (Jana Aranya) (1975)

The Middleman (Jana Aranya)




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The unfortunate young man in this movie grew up in a moderately well-off Indian family which has now fallen on hard times. His ambitions for a career were dashed when his high grades were changed at the instigation of a vindictive professor at his school. Through a series of accidents, he finds a job as a factory-rep, or middleman. However, he does not prosper until he abandons his thoroughgoing rectitude and begins providing some extra services to people who can give him big accounts. ~ Clarke … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Satyajit Ray, Manisankar 'Sankar' Mukherjee
On DVD: Feb 10, 2009



as Somnath Banerjee

as Bisu

as Mr. Mitter

as Somnath's Girlfriend

as Jagabandhu MLA/MP
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

It has the best performances of any Ray film I've seen.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Beautifully performed, blessed with Ray's customary sense of balance, and wittily satirising the absurdity of bureaucracy run riot, it makes absording viewing.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's silences are more attention-getting and mesmerizing than the most demanding background music.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

insightful study of contemporary urban life in India

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Old School Reviews

Ray's humanism and oblique style does not allow for a full-blown political attack but makes for a compassionate critique.

Full Review… | July 29, 2003

August 11, 2005

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