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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 »
Genre:
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:
A correct portrayal of life in the sixties 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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Language:
Sound Mix:
Certification:
UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2012) | UK:U (1967) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Continuity: When Priyogopal (Subrata's father) goes to visit his student Anupam Roychowdhury to ask for money he is shown having a conversation with Anupam in his office. When he is explaining his circumstance the camera shows him only sitting on a chair with his walking stick. In the very next scene when all the three characters are shown (third one being Anupam's wife ) the top of his walking stick has changed direction. The round bit on top was towards the right before and is turned to the left in the very next scene.See more »
Quotes:
Arati:[to her husband] You would not recognize me if you saw me at work.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A correct portrayal of life in the sixties, 25 March 2006
Author: Muneera Parbeen from United Kingdom

I found the movie exhilarating. This a movie where a Bengali housewife's actual stand in the eyes of those near to her comes to life. The house wife Aarati takes up the load of a job only to care for her family. While other family members gradually accept her new role, mostly because of the dire need of money, its her closest ally in the family, her husband, who isn't very warm to her new role. It first of all hurts his pride to accept her contribution, and he also resents her new found confidence, more than her independence. At the same time, Its the housewife Aarati who passes every test, as she copes with every challenge thrown at her, at home, at work and in her relationships with every individual. Personally i think thats what women are groomed to be, from birth, brave to take on the world whenever necessary. Its the husband who falters and learns to accept her after a big fight within himself.

Satyajit Ray, in Mahanagar, made a movie where ( in terms of cinematography and story-telling) not a single frame is wasted in anyway. Every movement of the actors, every hint relates to something or the other, while the story-telling is still simple enough for the ordinary to follow the story. I would recommend this to anyone.

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