It begins like a fairy tale. It starts with a ritual. A bard appears on the screen and sings.
Glory be the new gods who have descended to the Earth!
The chairman of the gods, concerned over the problem of want, arranges for a hundred jobs. But thousands queue for them. Too many people, too many faces, too many problems! The crowd gets disillusioned and popular discontent is mobilized as word spreads that this is just another hoax. The Chorus as well as performing the traditional role of the storyteller provides the political message, juxtaposing stylization and caricature with neo-realist and documentary sequences and direct address to the camera.
Language: Bengali (1974, Black & White)
Producer: Mrinal Sen Productions
Story: Mohit Chattopadhyay
Camera: K K Mahajan
Music: Ananda Shankar
Awards & Nominations:
National Awards - Best Film
National Awards - Best Music (Ananda Shankar)
Moscow International Film Festival - Official Selection
Moscow International Film Festival - Silver Medal
Berlin Film Festival - FIPRESCI Award (Forum of New
The procession of 30,000 job seekers.
Standing in line for the application forms.
Supantha Bhattacharya, one of the applicants.
K. K. Mahajan on a Calcutta high-rise rooftop, capturing the leaflet drop.
Mrinal Sen blowing miniature leaflets on a scale model of the castle. The Model was designed and built by Khaled Chowdhury.
During the shooting.
Mrinal Sen, during shooting of the film.