The Big City Review

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1950s, Kolkata. Arati (Mukherjee), housewife to a put-upon bank clerk (Chatterjee), decides to take a job to help augment her husband's meagre earnings. Pride stung, he recoils from her decision, but her mind is made up...


A hint of Ozu informs Satyajit Ray’s wry domestic drama, which captures the growing pains of a nation in transition while satirising chauvinist convention, as housewife Madhabi Mukherjee flourishes after taking a job to supplement husband Anil Chatterjee’s low income.

Another Ray work of deceptive simplicity and deep-lying emotion.