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Director:
Writers:
Narendranath Mitra (from a story by)
Satyajit Ray (scenario)
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Release Date:
27 September 1963 (India) See more »
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Plot:
Life at home changes when a housewife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a salesperson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Absolute craftsmanship !!! See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Anil Chatterjee ... Subrata Mazumdar
Madhabi Mukherjee ... Arati Mazumder

Jaya Bhaduri ... Bani
Haren Chatterjee ... Priyogopal (Subrata's father)
Sefalika Devi ... Sarojini (Subrata's Mother) (as Shephalika Devi)
Prasenjit Sarkar ... Pintu
Haradhan Bannerjee ... Himangshu Mukherjee (as Haradhan Banerjee)
Vicky Redwood ... Edith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bibhuti Banerjee (as Bibhuti Bandyopadhyay)
Manisha Chakraborty
Tapan Chatterjee (as Tapen Chattopadhyay)
Arun Chowdhury
Pritish Dey
Shailen Ganguli
Shyamal Ghoshal
Anuradha Guha
Jyoti Kripalani
Samir Lahiri
Ashok Mitra
Tarak Mitra
Shailen Mukherjee (as Shailen Mukhopadhyay)
Shailesh Mukherjee
Shila Pal
Gitali Roy
Subrata Sensharma (as Subrata Sen)
Smita Sinha

Directed by
Satyajit Ray 
 
Writing credits
Narendranath Mitra (from a story by)

Satyajit Ray (scenario)

Satyajit Ray (screenplay)

Produced by
R.D. Bansal .... producer (as R. D. Bansal)
 
Original Music by
Satyajit Ray 
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Dulal Dutta 
 
Production Design by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Art Direction by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Makeup Department
Ananta Das .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Anil Choudhury .... production manager
Dulal Das .... assistant production manager
Gopal Das .... assistant production manager
Suren Das .... assistant production manager
Bhanu Ghosh .... production manager
Sudip Majumdar .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shailen Dutta .... assistant director
Girish Ranjan .... assistant director
Amiya Sanyal .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Surath Mondal .... assistant art director
Ramchandra Shende .... backdrops (as R. R. Sinde)
 
Sound Department
Atul Chatterjee .... sound recordist (as Atul Chattopadhyay)
Jyoti Chatterjee .... assistant re-recordist (as Jyoti Chattopadhyay)
Soumen Chattopadhyay .... assistant sound recordist (as Somen Chattopadhyay)
Debesh Ghosh .... sound recordist
Shyamsundar Ghosh .... re-recording
Edel Mulan .... assistant re-recordist (as Edel)
Bhola Sarkar .... assistant re-recordist (as Bholanath Sarkar)
Sujit Sarkar .... sound recordist
Babaji Shyamal .... assistant sound recordist (as Babaji Samal)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Prabhas Bhattacharya .... lighting controller
Bhabaranjan Das .... lighting controller
Subrata Lahiri .... assistant camera
Fatik Mazumdar .... assistant camera
Pantu Nag .... assistant camera
Anil Pal .... lighting controller
 
Editorial Department
Kashinath Bose .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jyoti Chatterjee .... assistant background music recordist (as Jyoti Chattopadhyay)
Shyamsundar Ghosh .... background music recordist
Edel Mulan .... assistant background music recordist (as Edel)
Bhola Sarkar .... assistant background music recordist (as Bholanath Sarkar)
 
Other crew
R.D. Bansal .... presents
Dhiren Biswas .... laboratory staff
Mohan Chatterjee .... laboratory staff
Tarapada Chowdhury .... laboratory staff
Bimal Dey .... production controller
R.B. Mehta .... processing supervisor
Shailesh Mukhopadhyay .... publicist
Abani Roy .... laboratory staff
 
Thanks
Debu Bandyopadhyay .... acknowledgment (as Shri Debu Bandyopadhyay)
G.D. Birla .... acknowledgment (as Mr. G. D. Birla)
Subrata Roy Chowdhury .... acknowledgment (as Mr. Subrata Roy Chowdhury)
N.C. Ghosh .... acknowledgment (as Dr. N. C. Ghosh)
Sanat Mukherjee .... acknowledgment (as Shri Sanat Mukherjee)
A. Pattison .... acknowledgment (as Mr. A. Pattison)
Sandip Ray .... acknowledgment (as Shriman Sandip Ray)
K.C. Sen .... acknowledgment (as Mr. K. C. Sen)
Asim Som .... acknowledgment (as Shri Asim Som)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mahanagar" - India (original title)
"The Big City: Mahanagar" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
India:131 min | USA:122 min | West Germany:122 min (25 fps)
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Certification:
UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2012) | UK:U (1967) | USA:Not Rated

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Quotes:
Arati:[to her husband] You would not recognize me if you saw me at work.See more »

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Absolute craftsmanship !!!, 18 March 2014
Author: sreenathansaber from India

I haven't watched much of Satyajit Ray's films, but now I strongly have an urge to watch more and more.. My first Ray film was Charulata, which was once screened in our college film club. It too had Madhabi Mukherjee playing the title character, 'The lonely wife'.

After having finished watching Mahanagar, I felt that the lonely house wife I had seen earlier had achieved a sense of fulfillment..a sense of completion.The entire film is a microcosm of an typical urbane family of the 1960's Calcutta. The legendary city of Calcutta in the 1960's has been impressionistic-ally captured with all its charm as well as confusion.We can see some of the best well-scripted, realistic emotional sequences. An young Jayabhaduri too appears as the little sister of Mr. Mazumdar(The main character's husband). Madhabi Mukherjee again dons a intense character and proves her brilliance in acting.Now I have become impatient enough to watch Ray's Calcutta Trilogy and other films too.It is very difficult to get good prints of most of them.

Ray had based this film on Abataranika, a Bengali short story. All the actors have been handpicked-especially Anil Chatterjee and Haren Chatterjee-who played the role of Mr. Mazumdar and his father.The film was well-received at the 14th Berlin Festival and Ray won a Silver Bear for direction. Even though it was rejected at the Oscars, it received an All India merit certificate at the National awards that year.

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