Jana-araṇya = The middleman

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  • Creator The Merchant and Ivory Foundation in association with Sony Classics Pictures ; scenario, music and direction by Satyajit Ray
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Video, [1997] ©1997
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videocassette (131 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in
  • ISBNs 9780800185077, 0800185072
  • OCLC ocm37819697
  • Credits
    • Pradip Mukherjee, Satya Banerjee, Dipankar Dey, Lily Chakravarty, Aparna Sen, Gautam Chakravarty, Sudesna Das, Utpal Dutta, Rabi Ghosh, Bimal Chatterjee, Arati Banerjee, Padma Devi, Soven Lahiri, Santosh Dutta, Bimal Deb, Ajeya Mukherjee, Kalyan Sen, Alokendu Dey
    • Photography, Soumendu Roy; art director, Ashoke Bose; editor, Dulal Dutta


  • A university student, after failing his examinations, drops out of school, looks for a job, and decides to embark on a career in business. He becomes an independent salesperson, paid on commission, much to the great despair of his father, a descendant of a noble caste who thinks engaging in commerce is the ultimate disgrace to the family reputation. As part of his business dealings, the now ex-student discovers the expedient value of corrupt practices. After lengthy hesitation, he agrees to provide a prostitute (none other than the sister of his best friend in 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.


  • Title and credits in Devanagari characters; statement of responsibility from English subtitles and cassette label.
  • Originally produced as motion picture in India by Indus Films in 1975.
  • Based on: Jana-araṇya / Śaṃkara.
  • VHS.
  • Bengali dialogue, English subtitles.
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