Mahanagar (1963 - Bengali)
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Mahanagar is a subtle assertion of Ray's belief in the emancipation of women. Arati represents the emerging liberated middle class woman who breaks class and gender stereotypes to help her husband financially.
Much family opposition does little to deter her from her decision and her success in her job only instills more confidence in her.
Her husband initially comes across as a classic example of the idle brain growing increasingly suspicious and insecure of his wife's new found status. A feudal instance (albeit a little trite) shows him convincing her to resign and then ...
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It is " Mahanagar"(1963) that , for the first time, we come across a woman who awakens to the possibility of determining the course of her own life. Typically enough, the awakening touch comes from the husband, for men have traditionally liberated, just as they have enslaved, women. But traditionally too, they have retrackted when they have seen the consequence of their action. It is the husband who mentions to his somewhat timid wife the possibility of her wirking for a while in order to tide over certain financial difficulties. Arati rises to the challenge; with all her apparent ...» Read full review
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Also spelt like: Mahanagor