Jana Aranya

  • Pradip Mukherjee: Somnath Banerjee
  • Satya Banerjee: Somnaths father
  • Dipankar Dey: Bhombol
  • Lily Chakravarti: Kamala, his wife
  • Aparna Sen: Somnaths friend
  • Gautam Chakravarti: Sukumar
  • The Sudesna: Sukumar's sister Kauna ( Juthika )
  • Rabi Ghosh: Mr. Mitter
  • Utpal Dutta: Bishu
  • Bimal Chatterjee: Adok
  • Padma Devi: Mrs. Bishwas
  • Santosh Dutta: Hiralal Shaha
  • Soven Lahiri: Mr. Goenka

Jana Aranya ( Bengali: জন - অরণ্য, Jana Aranya, translated: People jungle) is an Indian film by Satyajit Ray from 1976.


The film is set in Kolkata. Somnath lives with his father, his brother and his sister. When the university exam, he is the only one who honestly writes his work. Somnath, which is one of the best, the test is true, but not as expected by all " with honors ". Responsible for this is the corrector of work, with his old glasses Somnaths microscopic font could not read properly. Somnaths girlfriend married to pressure her family with another man, as Somnath is not in a position without this work.

His job search together with his friend Sukumar is difficult and it will fail despite countless applications. While Sukumar gives up the search for a suitable job for a while and sold newspapers, Somnath has received regular register with the unemployment office. According to an interview in which he was asked how much the moon weigh and he got on his objection, what have to do with the job just the answer that he ask the questions ( the interviewer ), Somnath is nearing giving up. By chance, he runs an acquaintance of the family, the businessman Bishu, in her arms, who immediately offered him as a middle man to do business and terminate its unemployment. In a slightly ironic way, he argues Somnath that he must overcome only for his Brahmin arrogance. Somnaths father considered this activity does as degrading and the reputation of the family detrimental to his desperate son can not force them to remain in the unemployment though. At a hastily brought forth advantageous marriage proposal Somnath will not go into.

The next day, Somnath rented by Bishu a desk in an office and is introduced in the first tricks of the business with supply and demand. It can be recommended as register under three different company names. His first lucrative business, the provision of stationery and envelopes to a company, he loses, because he has the paper merchant betray a naive newbie its sales customers. After a short time earned Somnath but good in his role as intermediary, his friend Sukumar, however, now works part-time as a taxi driver.

Somnath learns in the office fleetingly familiar with the somewhat closed PR consultant Mr. Mitter. By Mr. Shaha, the owner of the neighboring offices and land developers, Somnath gets a generous compensation only for the detection of an old abandoned, originating from the British colonial era villa that Shaha can be demolished in order to profitably build new.

When his business partner leaves with a larger business with bleaching agents for the textile mill of Mr. Goenka with the transaction time, contacted Mr. Somnath Mitter. He learns from him that the personal weaknesses and Private his clients to know his business advantage. Mitter advises him to the middle of bribery and is used as a weak point of Goenka whose penchant for women out. Although Somnath has scruples, to give someone like a pimp woman, but " circumstances force him to do so ."

Mitter and Somnath are looking for a prostitute for hesitant clients, but at the first woman's drunken husband comes home unexpectedly. Your second attempt is a widow who pursue their two daughters in prostitution, but one is abroad, the other busy with a customer. In a simple brothel they eventually get offered Juthika. This turns out to be the sister of his friend Sukumar Kauna that a prostitute has secretly their income. Ashamed Somnath offers her to pay for them, without having to take customer care and to give up his business. She refuses because she was professional.

Somnaths business came at last; unhappy he enters his home through the back door.


Jana Aranya is after Pratidwandi (1970) and Seemabaddha (1971), the third film Rays, who has the bleak outlook of the educated youth of Kolkata on the labor market on the subject. It is based on the story by Mani Shankar Mukherjee.

Ray gave this film for his single gloomy film. In an interview with the magazine Cineaste he said: The film is about the corruption of a young man; from the idealistic individual to corrupt businessman who offers the end even for a business advantage, the sister of his best friend a client.


Satyajit Ray won with this film, in 1976 a National Film Award for Best Director.