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Two-DVD special ed.


In Bengali, with English subtitles.


Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2013]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (135 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


Set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by Satyajit Ray, this story follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati, who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray gradually builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman.


Based on the original stories "Abataranika" and "Akinchan" by Narendranath Mitra.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.

Special features: interview with actor Makhabi Mukherjee ; Satyajit Ray and the modern woman, an interview with Ray scholar Suranjan Ganguly ; Satyajit Ray (1974), a documentary short by B. D. Garga ; The coward (Kapurush, 1965), a short feature by Ray.

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