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Company Limited (1971)

Seemabaddha (original title)
Chatterji is an ambitious and self-made young man who becomes the director of the company he works for.

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Tutul
Barun Chanda ...
Shyamalendu Chatterjee
Paromita Chowdhury ...
Dolan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ajoy Banerjee
Haradhan Bannerjee ...
Talukdar
Rahul Bhagat
Tarun Bhattacharya
Rita Deb Burman
Barry Chakraborty
Ratna Chatterjee
Ritun Chatterjee
Harindranath Chattopadhyay ...
Sir Baren Roy
Eric Davis
Dipankar Dey
Dipak Dutta
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Shyamalendu (Barun Chanda) is a successful executive at a fan company where he is expecting a promotion shortly. His life revolves around his work and socialising with colleagues along with his wife, Dolan (Paromita Chaudhuri). His sister-in-law, Tutul (Sharmila Tagore) comes to stay with them for a few days. She is given a tour of the life they lead - in restaurants, beauty parlours, clubs and race courses. But then crisis strikes in the form of agitation at the factory just before the shipment of a prestigious export order and Shyamalendu is held to blame. With the help of a shady labour officer, Shyamalendu averts the crisis by declaring a lock-out at the factory after staging a false riot. For his 'efficient' handling of the crisis, Shyamalendu is promoted and there is congratulations all around - except from Tutul, who has understood the vacuousness of Shyamalendu's world and has hated it. Written by Diptakirti Chaudhuri

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One of the films of the Calcutta Trilogy, the others being The Adversary (1970) and The Middleman (1976). See more »

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Keeping up appearances
21 October 2008 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

The budget may be low (an explosion is simulated, for example, merely by shaking the camera), but Satyajit Ray's film about climbing the corporate ladder in early 1970s India is a highly sophisticated piece of work. It takes place in a surprisingly modern, gleaming slice of Calcutta; but the environment in which the emerging Indian professional classes prosper still bears the residual echoes of the colonial era. The central character, played skillfully by Barun Chanda , is quiet and charming, and superficially ambiguous about the appearances his position requires him to maintain; a little too flirtatious, perhaps, especially with his sister-in-law (who plays the movie's moral conscience); but when it comes down to it, ruthless in his ambition: I found his mixed motivations wholly convincing. There are even echoes of 'Save the Tiger' in the plot, except whereas that film (from the same era) is about the decline of America, this one is set against the backdrop of a rising India. An interesting and farsighted film, 'Company Limited' catches a snapshot of a country in transition from the era of empire and Gandhi to that of today.


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