An ambitious young sales manager engineers a company strike to cover up a technical flaw in their lamp equipment and ironically rises to a directorship, but loses the respect of his wife’s sister to whom he is attracted.
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Ray's "discreet charm of the bourgeoisie," sans the facile potshots. And it's well done, as all his films are, and has an air of gloom and uncertainty, as most films of the early '70s do. The problem's that Ray's dramatic ability fails him: though it starts out well, the characters and scenario aren't very compelling, so when the main character betrays his conscience for ladder-climbing, the impact lacks force.
My parents used to tell me stories of relatives who did good and went on to become managers of multinational firms much like what this story narrates. So awesome to see this part of Indian history documented in some form.