The Big City (Mahanagar)

Dir: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Anil Chatterjee, Madhavi Mukherjee, Jaya Bachchan
136mins   1963   India   PG   Bengali    Subtitled    F-Rated

Part of the Satyajit Ray mini-season

Subrata Mazumdar, a young bank clerk struggling to support his entire extended family on a meagre salary, is horrified when his wife Arati dares to challenge his cherished belief that ‘a woman’s place is with her cooking pots’.

She not only takes a job but proves a huge success in the workplace, relishing her new-found independence and thoroughly upsetting the family dynamic.

'Incredibly rich and satisfying' - David Jenkins, Little White Lies