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The Middleman [Jana Aranya] (1976)

Cast: Robi Ghosh, Utpal Dutt, Padma Devi, more...
Director: Satyajit Ray
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Muktadhara
Running Time: 131 min.

Somnath, a student, ends up absurdly failing his exams when the grader, without his glasses, is unable to decipher his miniscule writing. He gives up his studies, looks for a job, and decides to launch himself on a career in business. He becomes an independent salesman, paid on commission, to the great despair of his father, a descendant of a noble caste who considers engaging in commerce to be supremely disgraceful to the family reputation. As part of his business dealings, Somnath discovers the expedient value of corrupt practices. After lengthy hesitation, he agrees to provide a prostitute who is none other than the sister of his best friend from school in order to obtain a contract. He says nothing about all this to his father, who may to some extent only be pretending to be ignorant of what is being concealed from him.

[description from the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection used with permission]

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