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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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A charming and totally engaging film 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A charming and totally engaging film, 30 July 2007
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The struggle between traditional and modern values in Indian life is the centerpiece of The Big City (Mahanagar), a charming and totally engaging film by the great Indian director Satyajit Ray. Unlike Ray's earlier works which were centered either on the very poor or the very affluent, The Big City deals with the life of an ordinary middle class Bengali family and spotlights the changing role of women in India during the 1960s. Based on a short story by Narendranath Mitra and set in Calcutta, Subrata Mazumdar (Anil Chatterjee) is the sole breadwinner in his family but does not make enough to support his extended family that includes his wife Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), their young son Pintu (Prasenjit Sarkat), sister (Jaya Bhaduri), father (Haren Chatterjee) and mother (Sefalike Devi).

Subrata's father is a retired school teacher whose pupils have gone on to considerable success as doctors, lawyers, and businessmen while he has slid further into poverty. When the aging patriarch is in need of new eyeglasses, he turns to one of his former pupils to help him out. After Subrata casually mentions that a friend's wife has gone to work, Arati gets the idea of supplementing the family's meager income by getting a job herself but this idea is looked on with disdain by the traditionally-minded family. A "cold war" prevails in the household as Arati takes a job selling sewing machines in affluent neighborhoods, enrolling the woman of the house who is always at home.

After several abortive attempts in which she backs off after hearing the sound of a guard dog, Arati settles into her job and begins to thrive, gaining increased self-confidence and inner strength. Even young Pintu is mollified when his mother brings him home some toys after getting paid. Influenced by co-worker Edith (Vicky Redwood), an Anglo-Indian, Arati begins to wear lipstick and sunglasses and is more assertive with her boss (Haradhan Bannerjee) but her husband is resentful and complains that he doesn't know her anymore. Although Edith persuades her boss to grant the workers a commission on sales, he seems to resent her Westernized manner and feels more comfortable with Arati whom he offers a promotion.

Due to a run on the bank in which he is an employee, Subrata is laid off and this causes additional stresses and strains in the family but their love for each other transcends economics and allows Arati to stand up to her boss on a matter of principle. The Big City is not as sweeping in scope or as in-depth a character study as some of Ray's more well-known films, but it is an honest and compelling portrait of a young woman's discovery of herself with strong performances by Mr. Chatterjee and especially Ms. Mukherjee, who would go on to star in one of Ray's most acclaimed films, Charulata.

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