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Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958)



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Released shortly before his Apu trilogy, this is felt to be one of Satyaijt Ray's finest productions. Based on a novel by Tarashankar Banerjee, it is the story of the decline of the aristocracy--watching as a wealthy man slowly loses his wealth, his position, his family and his sanity while he watches life go on status quo for all of his friends and neighbors.
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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
Kali Sarkar
as Roy's Servant
Pinaki San Gupta
as Khoka, Roy's Son
Ganga Pada Basu
as Mahim Ganguly
Tulshi Chakraborty
as Manager of Roy's Estate
Akhtari Bai
as Singer
Salamat Khan
as Singer
Roshan Kumari
as Kathak Dancer
Pratap Mukhopdhya
as (uncredited)
Tarapada Nandy
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Jalsaghar (The Music Room)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Slow, rapt and hypnotic, it is -- given some appreciation of Indian music -- a remarkable experience.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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A wonderful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men.

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

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Jalsaghar (The Music Room)


While the beginning may seem slow and disjointed (especially if you are not accustomed to Eastern films), there is no mistaking the mental & moral spiraling in the final half hour. Being insulated with status quo is rarely healthy.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

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 Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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