MAHANAGAR (The Big City) + Introduction by Lalit Mohan Joshi

Dir. Satyajit Ray India 1963 131 mins (PG) In Hindi with English subtitles

Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Haren Chatterjee, Jaya Bhaduri

Monday 4 November, 5.30pm ( National Media Museum)

 

The Big City 14

A beautiful and luminous performance by Madhabi Mukherjee is at the core of Ray’s fascinating film set against changing times in Calcutta. A woman’s place is with her cooking pots: that is the belief of Subrata Mazumdar, a young bank clerk struggling to support his entire extended family on a meagre salary. He’s horrified when his wife Arati offers to help by going out to work as a ‘salesgirl’. Satyajit Ray’s wonderfully enjoyable portrait of mid-‘50s Calcutta displays warmth, wit and genuine insight into its large, multi-generational cast of characters, including Arati’s conservative old father-in-law, her studious teenage sister-in-law, and her benevolently despotic boss. (Courtesy of bfi)

PLUS: INTRODUCTION BY LALIT MOHAN JOSHI

981393_565643796815484_1127316533_o Lalit Mohan Joshi is an Indian film historian, critic and editor of the thematic journal SouthAsian Cinema. He is the Director of the South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), London and he has been a broadcast journalist with the BBC World Service for 17 years where he produced a 19-part feature series on the history of Indian cinema.

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