Mahanagar

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Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee) takes a job as a door-to-door saleswoman in Calcutta's wealthy neighborhoods, in defiance of her traditionally minded husband, Subrata (Anil Chatterjee), and his live-in parents. Emulating her Anglo-Indian friend and co-worker Edith (Vicky Redwood), who speaks as an equal to the men she encounters on the job, Arati quickly becomes her firm's top salesperson. When Subrata loses his job, the power dynamic in the family begins to shift.

Cast & Crew

Anil Chatterjee
Subrata Mazumdar
Madhabi Mukherjee
Arati Mazumder
Haren Chatterjee
Priyogopal (Subrata's father)
Sefalika Devi
Sarojini (Subrata's Mother
Haradhan Bannerjee
Himangshu Mukherjee
Narendranath Mitra
Writer
Satyajit Ray
Original Music
Subrata Mitra
Cinematographer
Dulal Dutta
Film Editor
Bansi Chandragupta
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Audience Reviews for Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City)

  • May 12, 2010
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Mahanagar," Subrata(Anil Chatterjee) is a bank manager but cannot afford to support his extended family which includes his aging parents(Haren Chatterjee & Sefalika Devi). His father is a former university professor who is envious of his former students' success while lacking eyeglasses which could help him win the crossword competition. Subrata is so desperate that he contradicts his conservative principles to suggest his wife, Arati(Madhabi Mukherjee), get a job, at least until he can get a second job himself...[/font] [font=Century Gothic]While "Mahanagar" is slow at times, it more than makes up for it with some classic moments, excellent character development and insights into the Indian society of the time the film was made. What writer-director Satyajit Ray is specifically interested in is pointing out that whereas once ethnicity was the ruling principle, it has now been superseded by class. For example, a woman of English descent is in the same boat as Arati, as they work together and bond over their jobs selling knitting machines to wealthy families. In a society as status obsessed as this, Subrata feels that men should be able to support their families without asking for help. But there are times when pride gives way in the face of economic realities. [/font]
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