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Director:
Writers:
Tarashankar Banerjee (based on the story by)
Satyajit Ray (script)
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Release Date:
1958 (India) See more »
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Plot:
Huzur Biswamghar Roy is a rich landowner who lives in a palace with his wife and son and his many servants... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(17 articles)
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Cast

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Chhabi Biswas ... Huzur Biswambhar Roy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sardar Akhtar ... Singer (as Begum Akhtar)
Gangapada Basu ... Mahim Ganguly
Bismillah Khan ... Musician
Salamat Ali Khan ... Khyal singer
Waheed Khan ... Ustad Ujir Khan (as Ostad Wahed Khan)
Roshan Kumari ... Krishna Bai, dancer
Tulsi Lahiri ... Manager of Roy's Estate
Tarapada Nandy
Padmadevi ... Mahamaya, Roy's wife (as Padma Devi)
Kali Sarkar ... Roy's Servant
Pinaki Sengupta ... Khoka, Roy's Son
Pratap Mukherjee ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Satyajit Ray 
 
Writing credits
Tarashankar Banerjee (based on the story by) (as Tarashankar Bandhopadhaya)

Satyajit Ray (script)

Santi P. Choudhury (assistant screenplay writer) (as Shantiprasad Chowdhury)

Produced by
Satyajit Ray .... production
 
Original Music by
Ustad Vilayat Khan 
Robin Majumdar  (as Robin Majumder)
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dulal Dutta 
 
Production Design by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Art Direction by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Makeup Department
Basanta Dutta .... assistant makeup artist
Bhim Naskar .... assistant makeup artist
Sakti Sen .... makeup artist (as Shakti Sen)
 
Production Management
Anil Choudhury .... production manager
Bhanu Ghosh .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nityananda Datta .... assistant director
Shailen Dutta .... assistant director
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ravi Chatterjee .... assistant art director (as Rabi Chattopadhyay)
Prafulla Mallick .... assistant art director
Ramchandra Shende .... backdrops (as R. R. Sinde)
 
Sound Department
Amar Chattopadhyay .... assistant sound recordist
Satyen Ghosh .... assistant sound recordist
Durgadas Mitra .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dhiren Das .... lighting
Debu Mondal .... lighting
Bijoy Roy .... assistant camera
Nimai Roy .... assistant camera
Mohan Sarkar .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Sardar Akhtar .... playback singer (as Begum Akhtar)
Shoukat Ali .... musician
Gautam Basu .... playback singer
Phani Bhattacharya .... musician
Aloknath Dey .... musician (as Alok Dey)
Anil Dutta .... musician
Gopi Dutta .... musician
Benjamin Gomes .... musician
Imrat Hossain Khan .... assistant composer
Laddan Khan .... musician
Salamat Ali Khan .... playback singer
Ustad Vilayat Khan .... musical director (as Ustaad Vilayat Khan)
Waheed Khan .... playback singer (as Ostad Wahed Khan)
Ashish Kumar .... musician
Robin Majumdar .... musician
Mahapurush Mishra .... musician
Pratap Narayan Mitra .... musician (as Pratapnarayan Mitra)
Rabin Pal .... musician
Dilip Roy .... musician
Madan Seth .... musician
Krishnakumar Shukla .... playback singer
Dakshina Mohan Tagore .... musician
 
Other crew
Roshan Kumari .... dancer
R.B. Mehta .... processing supervisor
 
Thanks
Janendra Narayan Chowdhury .... acknowledgment (as Raibahadur Gyanendranarayan Chowdhury)
Prasanta Deb .... acknowledgment
Subir Hajra .... acknowledgment
Syed Qasim Ali Mirza .... acknowledgment
Dhirendra Narayan Roy .... acknowledgment (as Rajarao Dhirendra Narayan Roy)
Surendra Narayan Singha .... acknowledgment (as Raibahadur Surendra Narayan Singha)
Prabirendra Mohan Tagore .... acknowledgment (as Maharaja Prabirendra Mohan Thakur)
 

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Also Known As:
"The Music Room" - International (English title) (alternative title), UK (alternative title)
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100 min | USA:95 min
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Trivia:
Voted #20 on the list of "100 Best Films" by the prominent French magazine 'Cahiers du Cinema' in 2008.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Celluloid Man (2012)See more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A study of the nature of privilege in society -- PLOT DISCUSSED, 27 August 1999
Author: mazumdar from Arlington County, Virginia

WARNING -- PLOT DISCUSSED -- The jalsaghar is a great music hall in the mansion of the main character, a scion of a great landowning family. It's almost all he has left of the Ray family's legacy. Over the years his land has been slowly eaten away by one of the great rivers of Bengal. But he still has the trappings of aristocracy -- his retainers address him as "Hujur" ("my lord"); even his wealthy neighbour, Ganguli, addresses him as "Thakurda" ("(paternal) grandfather"). He lives only for his jalsaghar, where he can recreate his family's past glory and where he can still win a game of one-upmanship against Ganguli. Meanwhile, Ganguli is up-and-coming. He's a businessman, the new aristocrat, land-poor but cash-rich. He gets electric lights for his house; he gets a motor car, the first in the region. Satyajit Ray, the legendary director, masterfully contrasts the hollowness of the old aristocrat with the shallowness of the new aristocrat. How is privilege earned? Who is due respect? What is worthy of pride? What will pride get you? These are the questions that are explored with subtlety. The focus of the film is the performance of Chhabi Biswas, a legend of the Calcutta stage. (An interesting aside -- "chhabi" is Bengali for "picture" and "biswas" means "belief.") He fit the mold of a classic actor -- temperamental, undependable, a raging alcoholic, a master. Almost every scene is wholly dependent on him, as he preens and boasts and rages and pines away for lost glory. When you read that Biswas was in real life completely tone-deaf, his creation of a music-lover is an astonishing accomplishment, both by him and by Satyajit Ray.

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