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Jalsaghar - The Music Room 1958 VHS

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5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews



Product details

  • Actors: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan, Salamat Ali Khan
  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Writers: Satyajit Ray, Santi P. Choudhury, Tarashankar Banerjee
  • Producers: Satyajit Ray
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: September 2, 1997
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6304587376
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

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This film is a moody and evocative portrait of a physically and emotionally isolated man who is mourning the death of his only son, his wife, and his formerly lavish way of life. The distinguished Bengali actor Chhabi Biswas gives an outstanding performance as Huzar Biswambhar Roy, a once-happy and prosperous landowner who used to spend his evenings in the music room (or jalsaghar) of his magnificent palace. There he would sit on priceless carpets under magnificent chandeliers and admire himself in a large ornate mirror as he watched the best Bengali dancers and musicians perform.

Huzur is reminded of this opulent past by a tendril of music emanating from the house of his annoying nouveau riche neighbor, Mahim Ganguly (Gangapanda Basu) who likes to throw his good fortune in Huzar's face. Ganguly hosts the kind of lavish parties Huzar used to host, while Huzar's music room sits as empty and cold as his wounded heart.

Finally, unable to stop Ganguly's taunting, Huzar uses his last 500 rupees to reopen the jalsaghar for one more glorious performance. The loyal manager of his estate, Taraprasanna (Tulsi Lahiri) tries to stop him, but it's hopeless.

This film, made in 1958, is an excellent example of Satyajit Ray's ability to evoke mood. The desolation of the crumbling palace is the perfect visual metaphor for Huzar's inner state. For fans of Ray's work, this is a must-see example. --Luanne Brown


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