2023 Blind Spot Series: The Big City
What I knew going in: Nothing!
Arati (Madhavi Mukherjee) is a housewife in 1960's Calcutta. When her husband's job isn't bringing in enough for them to survive, she takes a job as a sales woman and befriends an Anglo-Indian, Edith (Vicky Redwood) who gives her a different outlook on life.
I'm fairly sure I added this film to my Blind Spot List after someone else blogged about it too. When I sat down to watch this today, I really went in blind. It's been so long since I've read anything about it and what a surprise.
We love a feminist film, and watching Arati come into her own was satisfying. She is such a fully realized character. Strong, smart, a little shy, but as soon as she's given the freedom she needs, she soars. Even though her family isn't thrilled about her new job, she does her best and what more could we ask for?
The film does slow down a bit when it's not focused on Arati, but those scenes are few and far between. I was really blown away by how much I enjoyed this. Now I'll have to check out some of Mukherjee's and director Satyajit Ray's filmography.