Friday, June 5, 2020

Seemabaddha - Movie

1971. Satyajit Ray's first one in the Calcutta trilogy. This was based on a try by Mani Shanker Mukherjee and delves into the power struggle in corporate life in Calcutta. A rapidly rising Indian executive in an MNC finds himself compromising on many fronts to reach the highest rung in the company - a change that his idealistic sister-in-law does not like. However, his wife does like the good life and so does he, so there seems to be no problem. Another good look at Calcutta of those days. What strikes me is how well they all spoke their English, perhaps a rub off of the British, nice and clipped tones. The film has Barun Chanda (who later wrote several thriller novels) and Sharmila Tagore (sister-in-law) in the lead.


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