Jalsaghar

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Indian landowner Biswambhar Roy (Chhabi Biswas) lives in luxury, but his fortune is slowly slipping away. Despite his decreasing funds, Roy insists on maintaining his lavish lifestyle, particularly his ornate music room, which he utilizes as a performance space for an array of accomplished singers, dancers and musicians. Even as Roy continues his financial freefall, he futilely struggles to compete with the concerts put on by his younger neighbor, Mahim Ganguly (Gangapada Basu).

Cast

Chhabi Biswas
as Huzur Biswambhar Roy
Padma Devi
as Mahamaya, Roy's wife
Pinaki Sengupta
as Khoka, His Son
Tulsi Lahari
as Manager of Roy's Estate
Pinaki San Gupta
as Khoka, Roy's Son
Kali Sarkar
as Roy's Servant
Tulshi Chakraborty
as Manager of Roy's Estate
Ganga Pada Basu
as Mahim Ganguly
Roshan Kumari
as Kathak Dancer
Pratap Mukhopdhya
as (uncredited)
Tarapada Nandy
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Jalsaghar (The Music Room)

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  • Ray's social insight is not dimmed by treating his subject in this distant, allegorical manner; if anything it's intensified by the closer focus he's able to train on his characters.

    July 19, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Slow, rapt and hypnotic, it is -- given some appreciation of Indian music -- a remarkable experience.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • For all its exotic stimulations, it is an exceedingly simple, moving film, expressing a human dilemma that should be comprehensible to all.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A wonderful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Newly available on video at last in a high-quality print, it is the story of a man who has been compared to King Lear because of his pride, stubbornness, and the way he loses everything that matters.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a fascinating snapshot of Indian culture in the 1930s, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of an inflated opinion of self-worth.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jalsaghar (The Music Room)

  • Nov 08, 2015
    Ray exhibits a complete and enviable control of his camera behind this sumptuous drama that deserves credit even more for its elegant, classic direction and noteworthy formal rigor than for an impeccable narrative about a proud, stubborn man who refuses to become obsolete.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2013
    Top class Indian actors, Satyajit Ray's impeccable direction, music and dance intertwine in a tale of moral decay overwhelmed by the heavy weight of material shallowness. Chhabi Biswas deserves full credit as the nobleman that longs for a past that is long gone and wishes everything around him, even family blood, to be destroyed so that his external circumstances can satisfy his perception of reality and his interpretation of past memories for his persona. <i>Jalsaghar</i>comes out todat as a multi-layered masterpiece of self-destruction as a downward spiral. Full review coming someday... 100/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2011
    a raja in his crumbling palace cares for nothing but music as the world moves on without him. a very touching portrait of a man who loses everything, the most beautiful of ray's films i have yet seen, and his first criterion edition! it helps if u like indian music :)
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2011
    A look at the end of an era and of one man's fading away from this world and all that he knew and loved. What a universal and real, albeit super sad and depressing, film that captures time gone by. It's a intimate look at a man named Huzur Biswambhar Roy as he has survived through the years (Both his wife and son have died) and with each passing one, he is left behind from the consistently evolving modern world around him. He decides that he will throw one last grand event in order to relive the more happy past. This is my first film review of a Satajit Ray film and a nice and beautiful introduction to the profound Director's works, most of which I will one day view! Jalsaghar (The Music Room) gives a beautiful perspective of a culture gone by and the traditions involved. Recommended!
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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