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The Big City (Mahanagar)

The Big City (Mahanagar)
  • 1963
  • India
  • 131 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Satyajit Ray
  • Cast: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri

Subrata's salary as an accountant isn't enough to support his extended family who all live under his roof but when his wife gets a job of her own to help out, her decision sends waves of discontent through the family. Subrata claims her employment makes him look like less of a man, and her young son moans and cries when she leaves in the morning. But what else will they do?

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BFI Southbank, London SE1 (0.0 miles)

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, England, SE1 8XT
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The Big City (Mahanagar)

23 Aug 20135 stars

Digitally restored masterpiece of Bengali writer-director Satyajit Ray

“A woman’s place is in the home-an old English proverb”, says Bengali bank employee Subrata (Anil Chatterjee) in English to his wife Arati (a wonderful Madhabi Mukherjee), smiling affectionately. The lower middle-class Subrata however is struggling in…

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