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Company Limited (Seemabaddha) - (Mr Bongo Films) (1974) [DVD]

Satyajit Ray    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Bengali
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Mr Bongo Films
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WCDQIM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Despite hailing from a small village in Patna, Shyamlal (Barun Chanda) is entirely immersed in the comforts of his high paying corporate job. On her first visit to Calcutta, his young sister-in-law Tutul (Sharmila Tagore), who lives in Shyamlal's native place, 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 and protect company prestige.

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 considerable psychological complexity and high technical accomplishment.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Bengali ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Shyamalendu (Barun Chanda) is a successful executive at a fan company where he is expecting a promotion shortly. His life revolves around his work and socialising with colleagues along with his wife, Dolan (Paromita Chaudhuri). His sister-in-law, Tutul (Sharmila Tagore) comes to stay with them for a few days. She is given a tour of the life they lead - in restaurants, beauty parlours, clubs and race courses. But then crisis strikes in the form of agitation at the factory just before the shipment of a prestigious export order and Shyamalendu is held to blame. With the help of a shady labour officer, Shyamalendu averts the crisis by declaring a lock-out at the factory after staging a false riot. For his 'efficient' handling of the crisis, Shyamalendu is promoted and there is congratulations all around - except from Tutul, who has understood the vacuousness of Shyamalendu's world and has hated it. Shyamalendu is left successful and desolate - at the top. ...Company Limited ( Seemabaddha )


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Company Limited 29 Mar 2012
By Filmfan
Format:DVD
First things first: the sound-track is scratchy and clearly taken from a print and transfer that could both have been much better; the shot-selection is rudimentary and it feels almost as if a group of schoolboys had got hold of a film camera and wheren't entirely sure what to do with it. However, I first saw this film, late one night on C4 (when they still showed foreign-language films with subtitles), about fifteen years ago. I have never forgotten the film. The central performances are stunning. That of the ambitious ex-schoolteacher who aspires to join the Board of his electrical company employer, after more than a decade in its Sales team, is magnficent. So, too, is that of his sister-in-law, who comes to visit the employee's wife in the big city for the first time. She is luminous. So powerful, for me, were her simplicity of heart and the brightness of her intelligence, that I was blown away by her performance then and remain elevated by her spirit now. Personally, I think there are few roles (for women) where her judgement on the moral choices being made has been so potent. I applaud at the final scene, which, I think, is devastating. There is a simplicity at the heart of the mechanical dispositions of this film which should not be confused with simple-mindedness: it is candid, lucid, restrained, charming and bright beyond most films you will ever see. A joy.
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Company Limited (Seemabaddha) is Satyajit Ray's 1971 drama about the rise of a man's career. The first couple of minutes of the film bring us up-to-speed with what happened up to this point in the life of Shyamalendu Chatterjee, the main character. It saves us from having to slowly figure this out over the course of the film and gives us a reference for taking in the rest of the story. Shyamalendu is likeable because he is successful and ambitious. We can't help but think that life is good, at least for some people.

After receiving a letter from Hindustan-Peters that he got the job as an executive, but before he actually started working, Shyamalendu marries a woman named Dolan. His personal life is going well and they have a child; at work he is successful, and his future looks very promising as he is on the verge of a promotion. The story continues in the present time with his wife informing him that her sister Tutul is going to be visiting them for a couple weeks.

Perhaps not entirely intentional, Tutul makes a bit of tension in the house. Shyamalendu is taken in by her looks and there is chemistry between them. He jokingly comments that he wonders if he picked the right sister, but on some level, I think he was at least partially serious about it. When he last saw her she was just a girl, now Tutul is a beautiful woman. Tutul is taken by the glamour of life at the top but also sees its emptiness and that it has an unpleasant side too.

Company Limited shows us a story about playing the game of getting ahead in life. Life as the sales manager of a fan and lamp company isn't without its troubles. There are some parallels between the successes and failures he experiences at work and home, giving a sense of balance to the story. Satyajit Ray makes the story interesting by having the main plot being easy to understand and straightforward while the more subtle parts keep us guessing and give us room to debate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about playing the game of getting ahead in life, but there is always a cost 6 Dec 2009
By Richard J. Brzostek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Company Limited (Seemabaddha) is Satyajit Ray's 1971 drama about the rise of a man's career. The first couple of minutes of the film bring us up-to-speed with what happened up to this point in the life of Shyamalendu Chatterjee, the main character. It saves us from having to slowly figure this out over the course of the film and gives us a reference for taking in the rest of the story. Shyamalendu is likeable because he is successful and ambitious. We can't help but think that life is good, at least for some people.

After receiving a letter from Hindustan-Peters that he got the job as an executive, but before he actually started working, Shyamalendu marries a woman named Dolan. His personal life is going well and they have a child; at work he is successful, and his future looks very promising as he is on the verge of a promotion. The story continues in the present time with his wife informing him that her sister Tutul is going to be visiting them for a couple weeks.

Perhaps not entirely intentional, Tutul makes a bit of tension in the house. Shyamalendu is taken in by her looks and there is chemistry between them. He jokingly comments that he wonders if he picked the right sister, but on some level, I think he was at least partially serious about it. When he last saw her she was just a girl, now Tutul is a beautiful woman. Tutul is taken by the glamour of life at the top but also sees its emptiness and that it has an unpleasant side too.

Company Limited shows us a story about playing the game of getting ahead in life. Life as the sales manager of a fan and lamp company isn't without its troubles. There are some parallels between the successes and failures he experiences at work and home, giving a sense of balance to the story. Satyajit Ray makes the story interesting by having the main plot being easy to understand and straightforward while the more subtle parts keep us guessing and give us room to debate.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not Play on Some Standard DVD Players 24 Mar 2011
By Hrothgar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
BE WARNED: This DVD will not play on my standard Sony DVD player even though Amazon describes it as "Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)" The reason is that it is in PAL format. So dig through the fine print in your DVD player manual to make sure that it will play PAL format before you buy this DVD. My Region 1 Sony will play NTSC only, so it will not play it.
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