The Middleman (Jana Aranya) (1975)



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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 Fountain, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Middleman (Jana Aranya)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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

Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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The film's silences are more attention-getting and mesmerizing than the most demanding background music.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The burden falls on Pradip Mukherjee, a drab performer whose loss of innocence is uninvolving.

Apr 10, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

insightful study of contemporary urban life in India

Mar 9, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Jul 29, 2003 | Full Review…

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