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The Big City

Satyajit Ray’s first portrayal of contemporary life in his native Kolkata follows the triumphs and frustrations of Arati, who – despite the initial protests of her husband – decides to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the everyday details of working class life, Ray builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the modern Indian woman.