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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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Such a toleration of bad habits is called compromise. 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.

Somnath is guided by a strong superego, that of his Brahmin father Satya Bannerjee who confronts him with the necessity of honesty and morality, and even if this is shown as naive and traditional, enables him to feel when something wrong is beginning or at least has begun.

But unfortunately, aranga less clear agents are present around him too. In his politically-correct way, it probably means: It iana in this context of shifting influences that Somnath receives the results of his examination. His father wants to file a complaint, or see somebody about it at University.

Neither will his girl-friend have permission to marry him.

What happened is that the teacher who was supposed to correct his paper had bad glasses! He gave him an average grade as a result of not being able to see the handwriting.

Is this absurd bad luck? Or is there some hidden justice behind it?


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Perhaps in his exploration of the impact of moral choices he wants to tilt the scales slightly, and add a dose of misfortune? Is he suggesting that morality is easier to come by when you are given all the advantages? The University result stands.

Somnath aranyw, looks at her sister in law, and says she too had cried at her wedding: Kamala frowns and says all girls cry on their wedding-day.

Why this little exchange? It serves as an element of judgment as to what moral compromise really means.

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I think we should also see the episode as Ray exploring the depth of human relationships, their singular and multi-tiered reality. When people meet and interact, a zranya observation hides the many levels of implications where the persons are present to the interaction, but such little scenes lift the veil a bit more and make us wonder about the adventure that human life is, with its mysteries and secrets. The film gets on its main track with an important meeting.

This Bishu is a wonderful invention of characterization. He looks like what Somnath might look like twenty years hence. No wonder they click immediately. Somnath, mesmerized, steps right into the trap: BTW, the idea of a middleman is in itself quite telling: Like all good moralists, Ray explores and explains the human situations in which moral choices are made, and introduces us to the complexity of intentions and decisions: She seems tired and spent, and he even has to ask Kauna to shut her window while changing — aarnya attracts all the boys of the neighborhood: Innocence is like an armor: One such sign is when Somnath is driven to town with one of his clients, and owing to arabya bumpy road a clear metaphor the glove compartment regularly falls open to reveal a racy book-cover.


In this world of backdoor dealings and artificial respectability, everybody needs the stuff: Do you know Attilathe legendary cruel leader of the Barbaric Huns? According to the saying, where he passed, grass never grew again: And, like all good money-seekers.

Which, in our moral reading of the movie, means: Somnath is all the more a prey as he thinks himself superior: Like his glasses, which represent his blindness, his smile betrays him all the time. It says to araya dealing with him: Everyone counts before trusting. Figures come before faces.

Somnath is soft; he should be blunt not to say razor-sharp — but how can he? Sharpness comes from Experience, this wordly-wise satisfaction of having trampled other fellow human beings to stand higher than them, and become insensitive to suffering and pity: The razor moment comes soon enough.

Jana Aranya – Film (Movie) Plot and Review

Not getting the assurance he needs about that chemical contract, Somnath calls Mitter, and he asks him to meet him at the barber. The last scenes of the movie are a masterful exploration of his Hell, where he walks like a dead man in the night, condemned to do what he should have seen he was preparing all along. Having flitted too close to the flame, his innocent wings have got burnt: The movie can be watched here.