Despite hailing from a small village, Shyamlal is entirely immersed in the comforts of his well paid corporate job. On her first visit to Calcutta, his young sister-in-law Tutul is dismayed by his boastful displays of accumulated perks and privileges. However his façade cracks when a lucrative export order faces cancellation. Faced with the possibility of losing everything he has built, Shyamlal concocts a plot of feigned industrial sabotage to save face.
Satyajit Ray’s Company Limited is an epochal portrait of the rise of the educated urban middle-class. Shyamlal’s ironic ascendancy up the corporate ladder, a rise in statute simultaneously accompanied by a fall in character, is the director’s starkest reflection on modern India. The middle-part of the thematically related Calcutta trilogy (between The Adversary and The Middleman), Company Limited is a work of complexity and high technical accomplishment.
"Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon" - Akira Kurosawa
Cast & Credits: Sharmila Tagore / Barun Chanda / Paromita Chowdhury / Directed by Satyajit Ray
Awards: Venice Film Festival (1972), Won, FIPRESCI Prize, Satyajit Ray
Technical: 1974 / 110 minutes / Bengali with English subtitles / Mono audio / 1.33 : 1 Colour / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD023
Licensed through Contemporary Films Limited on behalf of Satyajit Ray Estate.