Jana Aranya () is about a young man called Somnath (Pradip Mukherjee), who discovers that in order to succeed in the world of business you have to. Producer: Subir Guha; screenplay: Satyajit Ray, adapted from the novel Jana Aranya by Manisankar “Sankar” Mukherjee (also known as Samkara and. Jana Aranya, is a Bengali film directed by Satyajit Ray, based on the novel of the same name by Mani Shankar Mukherjee. It is the last among Ray’s.

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April 10, Rating: The kind of journey he made from the penniless boy of Shibpur, Howrah to where he is today with the translation of his book being inaugurated at the London Book Fair speaks volumes of an achievement which many of his critics would love emulate in their lives.

Through a series of accidents, he finds a job as a factory-rep, or middleman. New Year flushed with promise world over, but Kashmir stares at jna period of gloom amid gunfights and clashes.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. One such sign is when Somnath is driven to town with one of his clients, and owing to the bumpy road a clear metaphor the glove compartment regularly falls open to reveal a racy book-cover.

Here are the paragraphs in which Somnath first tastes the thrill of an income: As soon as Adak arrived, Somnath ordered for sweets, eager to celebrate. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. The Best Bengali Movies. Was this review helpful to you? The Surgical Strike 1. After months of unemployment, recent college graduate Somnath enters business as a middleman, but he finds out jaha success means finding a client’s weak spot, the price is more than mere rupees.


The initial suspicion with which they greet the aranua slowly dissolves Satyajit Ray screenplay Mani shankar Mukherjee novel.

The burden falls on Pradip Mukherjee, araanya drab performer whose loss of innocence is uninvolving. These are the words of Satyajit Ray, and they perfectly portray his angst and, more importantly, his hopelessness at the rapidly decaying moral fabric of the society janw found himself in, from the late-sixties onwards.

He remains oblivious to the implications of his being instructed to set up bogus companies, and flash different business cards to different clients.

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Still from Jana Aranya The Middleman. Furthermore, the prostitute in question is a friend’s sister, who is attempting to support her family. And so Ray starts out by offering a biting satire of a ludicrous educational bureaucracy. This aranay needs additional citations for verification.

Chatterji is an ambitious and self-made young man who becomes the director of the company he works for. Jan is in this context of shifting influences that Somnath receives the results of his examination.

October 24, Full Review…. A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. It starts out well enough, with a recent college graduate Pradip Mukherjee desperate for work.

Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Repeated shots of young men posting job application arajya convey the mind-boggling competition Somnath will face as he sets out to secure a job.

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Adapted from a novel by Mani Shankar Mukherjee, more jaana known in Bengali literature simply as Shankar, the film tells the story of a young man named Somnath who jaan from Calcutta University, but fails to find a job.

Films by Satyajit Ray. It was perhaps this angst that led him to make a social and somewhat political commentary through the string of films he made during this period, whereas the rest of his filmography otherwise remained by and large apolitical. A simple, everyday event such as this changes the life of a young man forever, because for the rest of his life, he will be judged by the marks the teacher must have randomly raanya on his answer sheets without even bothering to read them.


On strictly visual terms, the filmmaker cleverly lampoons bureaucratic inanity. Ganguli ; Padma Devi Mrs. Each title is ranked according to its share of pageviews among the items displayed.

Ray’s humanism and oblique style does not allow for a full-blown political attack but makes for a compassionate critique. Newer Post Older Post Home. We are plunged in the field of compromised morals where honesty and dishonesty are still present and still exert a strong influence, but where the evils are calculated as lesser or greater evils.

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I agree with you in disputing the translator’s choice of title; the original is so resonant and so familiar to the Indian public because of Ray’s film that he might even have chosen not to translate it at all. In a short, charming afterword to the novel, Sankar reveals how he himself worked as a middleman in his impoverished youth, buying all kinds of goods cheap and then selling for higher. After numerous attempts at finding a job, Somnath realises that time is running out: