The Big City (Mahanagar)


Friday, 07 February 2014: The Big City (Mahanagar)

Friday, 07 February 2014, 20:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Forest Row Film Society

Director: Satyajit Ray, India 1963, 131 mins, PG

“Heart-warming, funny, wise and profound. Not to be missed.” Empire

Satyajit Ray’s finely-drawn study of city life in 1950s India, and of the effect on a traditional family of a modern younger generation in which the daughter-in-law takes employment as a saleswoman. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, the film constructs a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman.

“Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.” Akira Kurosawa

Further reading

  1. The Guardian
  2. Time Out
  3. Strictly Film School
  4. New York Times
  5. Essay: The Big City: A Woman’s Place
  6. Film Sufi