Mahanagar - The Big City Movie Review Summary

Actors: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee

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Mahanagar (metroplois), in Bengali, directed by Satyajit Ray is a commentary on the travails of a working woman in the Indian middle class. Set in Calcutta of the 1960s, the protagonist Arati(Madhabi Mukherjee) marries into a traditional Bengali joint family which is hard pressed for money. In order to support her husband Bhombal(Anil Chatterjee), Arati gets a job, but not without antagonizing her inlaws, who want her to stay a homemaker. However, things take an about turn when Bhombal loses his job and Arati becomes the sole bread earner of the family - leading to frequent ego clashes with her husband. Meanwhile, in office Arati befriends Edith, a liberal European lady, who is disliked by her conservative boss. When Edith is dismissed on concocted moral grounds, Arati must decide whether to keep working - because of her family constraints - or to stand up for her friend with the knowledge that, in the big city there shall be another opportunity.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women's rights Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Indian Indian

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Indian Indian


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Is this movie based on a    -   book

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