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Chorus

1974 124’ b&w Bengali d/p/co-st/co-sc Mrinal Sen pc Mrinal Sen Prod. co-st/co-sc/lyr Mohit Chattopadhyay co-st Golam Khuddus c K.K. Mahajan m Ananda Shankar lp Utpal Dutt, Subhendu Chatterjee, Asit Bannerjee, Haradan Bannerjee, Shekhar Chatterjee, Satya Bannerjee, Snighda Majumdar, Robi Ghosh, Rasaraj Chakraborty, Geeta Sen, Dilip Roy, Moon Moon Sen, Nirmal Ghosh

Starting out as a fantasy mythological with the gods, entrenched in their fortress, deciding to create 100 jobs, the film becomes an exemplary fairy tale when 30,000 applicants start queuing up for work. The fairy tale then becomes a didactic tragedy with realist sequences (media men interviewing individuals in the crowd of applicants) when the people realise the job scheme is grossly inadequate and popular discontent grows into a desire to storm the citadel. Freely mixing different styles and modes of storytelling including direct address to the camera, with the chorus both as narrator and as political agitator (R. Ghosh, who also plays god and the sutradhara), Sen continues exploring the possibilities of a cinematic narrative that would be both enlightening and emotionally involving without descending into authoritarian sloganising. Having gone as far in this direction as he could, Sen deploys the lessons of his experiments with complex and stylistically diverse cinematic idioms in his next feature, Mrigaya (1976).

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