It begins like a fairy tale. It starts with a ritual. A bard appears on the screen and sings.Glory be the new gods who have descended to the Earth.The chairman of the gods, concerned over ... See full summary »

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Utpal Dutt ...
Manager
Ajit Banerjee ...
(as Asit Bannerjee)
Shekhar Chatterjee ...
Mr. Mukherjee (Worker)
Radhamohan Bhattacharya
Snighda Majumdar ...
Girl looking for a job
Subhendu Chatterjee ...
Photo-journalist
Supanta Bhattacharya
Gita Sen ...
(as Geeta Sen)
Tarun Roy
Noni Ganguly ...
(as Nani Ganguly)
Sipra Chakravorty
Nirmal Ghosh
Ashok Mitra ...
Sensharma, Subrata - Police Inspector
Subrata Sensharma ...
Police Inspector
Ajoy Banerjee ...
Committee Member
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It begins like a fairy tale. It starts with a ritual. A bard appears on the screen and sings.Glory be the new gods who have descended to the Earth.The chairman of the gods, concerned over the problem of want, arranges for a hundred jobs. But thousands queue for them. Too many people, too many faces, too many problems. The crowd gets disillusioned and popular discontent is mobilized as word spreads that this is just another hoax. The Chorus as well as performing the traditional role of the storyteller provides the political message, juxtaposing stylization and caricature with neo-realist and documentary sequences and direct address to the camera. Written by Swarup Basak

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most experimental film in Indian cinema
28 December 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I feel this is a very significant film in Indian cinema, as significant as say 'Pather Panchali'. It reveals the tilt that Indian art cinema took towards a more narrative classical approach after the lukewarm response to this work. Even the subsequent Mrinal Sen turned contemplative and less experimental in his later films, which many film buffs feel was his most creative phase (Kharij, Ek Din Pratidin & Khandahaar).

CHORUS is arguably the most experimental film in Indian cinema (Sunil Dutt's single actor 'Yadein' also comes to mind). It is a social satire made in a style which is part documentary, part Fellini fantasy, farcical - almost bordering on gimmickry & degenerating into a communist manifesto with innovate camera-work (just watch the 'melee going berserk'sequence towards the end) and sound (Fight sequences, Army march conveyed through appropriate devices). Even Bunnel used similar sound devices in his acclaimed film 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'(1972) to highlight Army march, and Mrinal Sen in all likelihood could not have been influenced by Bunnel given the marginal gap between the two works.

Stylistically, this is easily the most liberal work from Mrinal Sen. Embolden with the success of BHUVAN SHOME a few years back, and mixed success with experimentation in his earlier works like 'Interview' & 'Calcutta 71,' CHORUS attains the zenith in deviating from conventional norms of Indian film making. This is truly a unique attempt at serious social commentary, using rather playful devices. Again thematically and technically similar to Bunnel's 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'

  • the bourgeoisie is attacked, but the tone is more of amusement than


outrage.


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