Wonderfully enjoyable, with the scope and density of a richly absorbing novel, Satyajit Ray’s tale of family and city life is set in mid-50s Calcutta, a society still adjusting to Independence.

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

The Big City (Mahanagar) (1963)

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.

Back in cinemas as part of the BFI’s delayed Satyajit Ray centenary celebration.

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