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A sheltered, middle-aged landlord (Chhabi Biswas) struggles to maintain the outward appearances of success even as his past glories crumble into distant memories. Entertaining himself by staging concerts in his elaborate music room, the aristocrat cannot help but harbor feelings of jealousy and ill will towards a younger neighbor (Gangapada ... more
Satyajit Ray chronicled the changing role of women in an increasingly Westernized Indian society in this blend of comedy and drama. In order to keep her impoverished family going, a timid housewife takes a job selling knitting machines door to door, and soon gains a newfound self-confidence. Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee star. ... more
Feeling neglected by her political writer husband, a woman becomes attracted to his cousin, a poet, who comes to live with them. Based on a story by noted Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore and set in 19th-century Calcutta, Satyajit Ray's lush tale of the disintegration of a marriage stars Madhabi Mukherjee in the title role. 118 min. ... more
In mid-19th-century India, feudal lords Mir (Saeed Jaffrey) and Mirza (Sanjeev Kumar) while away countless hours in a never-ending chess match, while General Outram (Richard Attenborough) of the British military makes plans to topple their king and secure the region for his own country. This exquisite historical drama from India's legendary ... more
In Satyajit Ray's "The Home and the World" (1984), a wealthy progressive (Victor Banerjee) invites a radicalized boyhood friend (Soumitra Chatterjee) to live with him and his lovely, sheltered wife (Swatilekha Chatterjee). His spouse soon finds herself tested by the friend's ideals and her growing love for him. Ray's contemporary read ... more