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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 »
User Reviews:
Exceptional 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
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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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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional, 6 March 2003
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

If, at some point in the future, Pather Panchali cannot fulfil its duties as Satyajit Ray's masterpiece, Mahanagar can step up and fill in the position. Or perhaps the two films can co-rule, as they compliment each other so nicely. Pather Panchali is the simple, straightforward masterpiece and Mahanagar is the more ambitious and complex work. The first is Ray's La Strada and the second his La Dolce Vita.

The Big City is a subtle, flowing work about a young housewife (Madhabi Mukherjee, who would also star in Ray's Charulata) in a middle-class family who finds a job when her father-in-law needs a new pair of spectacles. The family is very conservative, and this upsets everyone. Her husband's manhood is somewhat insulted, her father- and mother-in-law (who both live with the married couple in a rather small apartment) feel that it's just not right, and her son thinks he's been forgotten. The only one who supports her is her younger sister-in-law; she sees her as a role model. The husband (Anil Chatterjee) tries to get her to quit, but, when he loses his own job, he changes his mind quickly. Now she becomes the breadwinner, and he is effectively castrated.

This could have been a little, humble film, like many of Ray's works. But here he decides to examine a huge portion of his own culture, setting up many opposites and studying them closely. We have the husband and wife, man and woman, old-world conservatism and new-world progression, young and old, employer and employee. The list goes on. The depth of this film is nearly endless, and I'm sure it would hold up to any number of repeated viewings. The only flaw that I can see is a somewhat contrived climax - Ray had this problem in a few of his films.

I do have to give special praise to the two leads. Mukherjee and Chatterjee are just brilliant in the film. The supporting cast is also uniformly excellent.

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