The Big City [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1963]

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Special Features

  • Disc 1
  • New interview with actor Madhabi Mukherjee
  • Satyajit Ray and the Modern Woman, a new interview with Ray scholar Suranjan Ganguly
  • Satyajit Ray (1974), a documentary short by B.D. Garga
  • Disc 2
  • The Coward (Kapurush, 1965), A short feature by Ray that also addresses modern female identity and stars Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Chandak Sengoopta and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson


The Big City
Satyajit Ray, India's premiere film director, takes a rare foray into social satire with 1963's The Big City. Anil Chaterjee stars as the typically subjugated wife of an Indian bank official. When the banker loses his job, he orders Anil to find work to make ends meet. The wife subsequently runs the household finances so brilliantly that soon she is in the driver's seat, in direct opposition to long-established Indian matrimonial custom. Seen by some critics as a subtle plea for improving the status of Indian womanhood, The Big City was based on a novel by Narbenda Nath Mitra. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Anil Chatterjee - Subrata Mazumdar
  • Madhabi Mukherjee
    Madhabi Mukherjee - Arati

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