City of Joy (movie)
|City of Joy|
|Directed by||Roland Joffé|
|Produced by||Jake Eberts|
|Screenplay by||Mark Medoff|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Gerry Hambling|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
Warner Bros. Pictures
Hasari Pal (Om Puri) is a rural farmer. He moves to Calcutta with his wife Kamla (Shabana Azmi) and three children. They seek a better life. They are cheated out of their rent money and thrown out on the streets. It is difficult for Hasari to find a job. The family refuses to give up. They find their place in the poverty-stricken city.
At the same time, Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) arrives in Calcutta. He is a US surgeon. He is upset after the loss of a young patient. He seeks spiritual enlightenment. He encounters misfortune as soon as he arrives. He is tricked by a young prostitute. He is roughed up by thugs. He loses his documents and valuables.
Hasari comes to Max's aid. He takes the injured doctor to the "City of Joy". This is a slum area populated with lepers and poor people. This becomes their new home. Max spends a lot of time there. He does not want to become too involved with the residents because he is afraid of becoming emotionally attached to them. An Irish woman, Joan (Pauline Collins), runs the local clinic. She persuades Max to help.
Max begins to fit in with his fellow slum-dwellers. He becomes more optimistic. Ther people around him have much worse lives. Their hope give new strengths to the depressed doctor.
- Patrick Swayze as Max Lowe
- Om Puri as Hasari Pal
- Pauline Collins as Joan Bethel
- Vishal Slathia as Joey Barton
- Shabana Azmi as Kamla H. Pal
- Anashua Majumdar as Selima
- Ayesha Dharker as Amrita H. Pal
- Santu Chowdhury as Shambu H. Pal
- Imran Badsah Khan as Manooj H. Pal
- Shyamanand Jalan as Mr. Ghatak, the godfather
- Anjan Dutt as Dr Sunil
- Art Malik as Ashok Ghatak
- Nabil Shaban as Anouar
- Sanjay Pathak as Shoba
- Debatosh Ghosh as Ram Chande
- Sunita Sengupta as Pormina
- Loveleen Mishra as Shanta
- Pavan Malhotra as Ashish
- Iftekhar as Hasari's father
- Chitra Sen as the angry woman
- Dipti Dave as a school girl
- "No Easter Basket for Box Office : Movies: 'Basic Instinct' winds up in first place over the holiday weekend, but business so far this year is down about 9%". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- "City of Joy (1992)". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 10 September 2012.