For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
4.3
309 Ratings

The Big City

Mahanagar

Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1963
Drama

Synopsis

The Big City (Mahanagar), set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by the great Satyajit Ray, follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
The Big City Directed by Satyajit Ray
Based on a short story by Narendranath Mitra, Ray’s 1963 film The Big City is a perfect jumping-off point. On the one hand, it tells a relatable story about fear and courage, with a loveable protagonist; on the other, it feels unique and fresh, offering a female point-of-view on issues such as money, labour and justice in 1960s Calcutta.
May 03, 2017
Read full article
Ray perches the film on the front lines of history, and he captures with visual incisiveness and dramatic precision the vast political implications of intimate changes. Part of that power is derived from the city itself, where rounds of unexpected encounters and overlapping relationships give minor impacts major echoes.
April 08, 2015
Read full article
Ray, as always, locates and follows the pulse of working-class life with a wholly respectful and unsentimental eye for details and a canny ear for family talk… The way the filmmaker is able to fluidly expand from an intimate matter of family finances to matters of workplace politics, social value, and misguided nationalism is never less than fascinatingly detailed.
August 22, 2013
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films