City of Joy

Synopsis: Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had taken years ago from a moneylender, their land and property are auctioned, and they are rendered homeless. Hazari and his family re-locate to Calcutta with hopes of starting life anew, save some money and go back to Bihar, as well as get Amrita married. Things do not go as planned, as they lose their entire savings to a con-man, Gangooly, who took their money as rent by pretending to be a landlord. Then Hazari gets an opportunity to take up driving a rickshaw manually through a local godfather, Ghatak. He gets to meet a American, Dr. Max Lowe, and together they strike up a friendship along with a local social worker, Joan Bethel. Misunderstandings crop up between Joan and the Godfather, resulting in the shutting down of their shanty medical clinic. When Hazari sides with Joan, his rickshaw is taken away
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Roland Joffé
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min


I'm out dad.

I'm out, I'm resigning.

I always thought you'd be a quitter.

...discipline here.

But you let me down.

Haven't I been an

Well okay, run and see where that gets you.

Even at school you were a quitter.

Okay then run and see where that gets you.

Where are you going?

We are going to Calcutta to become rich.

Our farm has died that's why we are going.

Shambu, don't go too far.

Okay, baba.

Baba, baba, bus is coming,

ba, bus is coming.

The bus has come.


Hey, hey stop, stop!

Let's hurry up.

Pick up that.

Come, hurry up.

Okay, baba.

Come, baba.


-...put it carefully, please.

- Baba...

You go, get into the bus.

Bless you.

Bless you, bless you both.

Bless you, Amrita.

- Amrita, Amrita, bahave like a good girl.

- Go on child, go on child.

And help your mother.

- Take care.

- And you too.

Don't fight with each other,


- And come along, Manooj.

- That's right.

And stay away from the

cinema do you hear?

And Kamla, you will look after

these children

Not there, hot there, put it here.

And tie that bundle to the rod, please.

- Son

- Thank you.

Baba don't worry about Amrita.

I will be saving money for her dowry.

I will be writing you soon.

Don't worry about anything,

A man's journey to the end of his

obligations is a very long road.

And Shambu do take care of your brother.

- Yes.

- It might not be what you expect.

And be obedient, listen to what your

father says, okay?


God bless you all!

Ba I'll write to you soon.

Shambu, Shambu!


Shambu Shambu!


Baba, baba!

Come out.

- Amrita, help your mother.

- Shambu!

- Shambu!

- Shambu!

- Baba, baba!

- Shambu!

- Shambu!

- Shambu!

Here boy!

Give me that box!

Give me the food!

Give me the food from the box, give me!

Give me the food!


There he is.

Shambu come here!

Are you all right?

Ma, I saw a leper.

Is that bad luck?


Where where is the address?

Hey, you!


Come here!

You are new in this city.

And have nowhere to sleep?



are places by the riverside.

Thank you, sir.

Over there.

He's saying there's a place by the river.

What's the matter with you?

Nothing, baba.




Stay together.

You are worried?


Don't worry.

I am sure I will find work today.

I've been trying all day, sir.

Is it possible to find some

work even for a day?

Try one of those shops there.

Wait there.

Don't go, stay there.


Could I get some work?

- Oh no, sorry, go go away.

- Sir

Sir listen to me, sir, I come from Bihar.

Go there's nothing in the morning

Go away, please go away now.


two years there's been no rain, sir.

This address I don't know.

Shambu Manooj.

Come here quickly.

Yes, ma.

You'll get a smack now if you

don't stay together.


Look, look Shambu,

look there's a cinema, look, see?

Come, hurry up.



Hello, boys.

Hey, you are from Bihar.


I am also from Bihar.

This your family?


You look worried.

It's not necessary.

Thank the Gods.

I am Mr Gangooly.

Come in, come in.

Fell at home look around

Madam look around.

They'll need feeding.

Give them seed but don't spoil them.


One of

the miracles of the life in the city



Holy water from

the ganges flows out forever.

That's it, that's it.

Now the place is yours for a month.

My cousin Moti is away.

See there, inside.

You'll like it.

Normally the rent takes four hundred rupees

for a month.

Come, come.

Come, have seat.

But for a brother it is three hundred.

No, don't thank me.

No, see

I have only

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Mark Medoff

Mark Medoff is an American playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor. His play Children of a Lesser God received both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award. more…

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