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City of Joy (1992)

 -  Drama  -  15 April 1992 (USA)
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Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hazari Pal
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Joan Bethel
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Kamla H. Pal
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Amrita H. Pal
Santu Chowdhury ...
Shambu H. Pal
Imran Badsah Khan ...
Manooj H. Pal
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Ashok Ghatak
Nabil Shaban ...
Anouar
Debatosh Ghosh ...
Ram Chander
Suneeta Sengupta ...
Poomina
Mansi Upadhyay ...
Meeta
Shyamanand Jalan ...
Ghatak - Godfather
Shyamal Sengupta ...
Gangooly - Con man
Rudraprasad Sengupta ...
Chomotkar
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Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had taken years ago from a moneylender, their land and property are auctioned, and they are rendered homeless. Hazari and his family re-locate to Calcutta with hopes of starting life anew, save some money and go back to Bihar, as well as get Amrita married. Things do not go as planned, as they lose their entire savings to a con-man, Gangooly, who took their money as rent by pretending to be a landlord. Then Hazari gets an opportunity to take up driving a rickshaw manually through a local godfather, Ghatak. He gets to meet a American, Dr. Max Lowe, and together they strike up a friendship along with a local social worker, Joan Bethel. Misunderstandings crop up between Joan and the Godfather, resulting in the shutting down of their shanty medical clinic. When Hazari sides with Joan, his rickshaw is taken ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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He was a man who couldn't care less... until he met a man who couldn't care more. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for scenes of brief strong violence | See all certifications »

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15 April 1992 (USA)  »

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La ciudad de la alegría  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,683,921 (USA)
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Beset with antagonism from politicians and inhabitants of Calcutta, director Roland Joffe approached India's leading director Satyajit Ray to condone the production. Joffe tried four times to meet with Ray but he refused each time. See more »

Quotes

Hasari Pal: The gods have not made it easy to be a human being.
Max Lowe: No they haven't. But I guess that's why it feels so goddamn wonderful to beat the odds.
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Original folk score
Richard Blackford
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Country of joy ? India
4 March 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I don't know, if you have to have been in India to really appreciate this movie. It has flaws, but I think it is noticeable to see that the only person from India writing here, actually points out the up-sides to it.

By professional movie critics, it was very well received. And in my opinion, justifiably so. The movie brings up, many interesting subjects. One can discuss how well it deals with them, but if you're open towards the movie, it might bring you a very good real-life experience.

If this movie, has got you interested in more genuine Indian films, then movies such as Monsoon Wedding, and Lagaan, can be recommended.


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