ByYOUSUF KHAN, writer at

Satyajit Ray- widely known for his epic masterpiece 'Apu Trilogy' (Song of the little road, The Unvanquished, and The World of Apu). He is considered as one of the greatest film- maker of 20th century. In his 70 years life, he made numerous great films like The Lonely wife, The Music Room, The adventures of Goopy and Bagha series, Days and Night in the forest, The Big City, Distant Thunder, etc. Among them, The Music Room (1958) is one of the highest rated and highly acclaimed one. It's also one of my personal favourite work of Mister Ray.

Zamindar tradition was the most prestigious and powerful tradition in old Bengal. Zamindar's were considered as the local king and they also lead their life as one, on that time. Yes, Time. A brutal fact that can change everything. Late 1920's, A Great change has been started to spread all over the Bengal. Zamindar tradition was standing at the edge of it's end. People who respect them for their wealth and power, suddenly started to ignore them. Zamindar's got challenged by the common people's who attained riches through business dealings.

Basically, The Music Room tells the story of a decadent local Zamindar Mister 'Biswambhar Roy' (landbaron). He is the last in a line of landlords who flourished in Bengal in the 19th century; the time for landlords has passed, and his money is running out. For years he has had little to do, and only one passion, listening to concerts in his music room. That was his great weakness. On any occasion, he invited all the famous musicians and dancers across the country to step on his famous music room.

A common merchant (who has been long jealous of Mister Biswambhar Roy) started chasing his royalty. He started his own Music room to break Mister Roy's pride.

Mister Roy was running out of money, but how can he give up his pride, his royalty? After all, the blood inside his vein, belongs to the noble ancestors of Roy family. How can he give up to a commoner?

Amazing story, comes with an amazing cinematography. After released in Europe and US after 1960's, The Music Room became a critical and financial hit and helped establish Satyajit ray's international reputation. New Statesman film critic John Coleman compared 'Satyajit Ray' to 'Jean Renoir'. When the film was released in Paris in 1981 is was a surprise hit and led many French critics to adopt a new appreciation for Ray that had not been common in France up to that time. Roger Ebert says, "Satyajit Ray's "The Music Room" has one of the most evocative opening scenes ever filmed". Ebert also rated this movie 4 out of 4 and placed it in his 'Great Movie' list.

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