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still from The Big City (Mahanagar) (Satyajit Ray, IN 1963)

The Big City

Satyajit Ray / IN, 1963 / 135 min.

One of the Satyajit Ray finest films – a multi-layered, subtly political and hugely enjoyable cinematic tapestry tracking one woman’s quiet fight against a society that would rather she remained seen but not heard. Digital restoration.

poster The Big City (Mahanagar) (Satyajit Ray, IN 1963)

Subrata (Anil Chatterjee), a young bank clerk, might be struggling to support his extended family on a meagre salary – but he’s horrified when his wife Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee, Ray’s longtime muse) dares to challenge his cherished belief that ‘a woman’s place is with her cooking pots’.

Arati takes a job just as her husband appears at risk of losing his, upsetting the family dynamics at a moment of tremendous change in what was then a newly independent country. A hugely absorbing feature from a true master and the first Satyajit Ray feature to be fully set in his native Kolkata.

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Satyajit Ray

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135 min.


Bengali, Bangla





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still from The Big City (Mahanagar) (Satyajit Ray, IN 1963)
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