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The Adversary (1970)

Pratidwandi (original title)
A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Sunil Gangopadhyay (original story), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dhritiman Chatterjee ... Siddhartha Chaudhuri (as Dhritiman Chattopadhyay)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asgar Ali Asgar Ali
Arabinda Banerjee Arabinda Banerjee
Soumitra Bannerjee Soumitra Bannerjee ... (as Soumitra Banerjee)
Amar Bardhan Amar Bardhan
Gaja Basu Gaja Basu ... (as Gaja Bose)
Krishna Bose Krishna Bose ... Sutapa
Biplab Chakraborty Biplab Chakraborty
Mihir Chakravarti Mihir Chakravarti
Anindita Chatterjee Anindita Chatterjee
Biplab Chatterjee Biplab Chatterjee
Chittaranjan Chatterjee Chittaranjan Chatterjee
Dibyendu Chatterjee Dibyendu Chatterjee
Kalyan Chatterjee Kalyan Chatterjee ... Shiben (as Kalyan Chattopadhyay)
Mamata Chatterjee Mamata Chatterjee ... Sanyal's wife
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Storyline

A young man, newly graduated from college is unable to find meaningful employment. He lives in a crowded apartment with his widowed mother, a revolutionary brother and a younger, well-employed sister. Family frictions and his continuing unsuccessful quest for a job place an unbearable strain on him causing him to hallucinate. The pressure, magnified by the tense and impersonal setting of Calcutta, builds to a devastating conclusion. Hindu Neorealism? Written by Mr Bongo

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

27 October 1970 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Siddharta and the City See more »

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Production Co:

Priya Films See more »
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Mono
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One of the films of the Calcutta Trilogy, the others being Company Limited (1971) and The Middleman (1975). See more »

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Ray's forgotten masterpiece
16 April 2005 | by BoFiSee all my reviews

It is my personal view, and I think I'll have to go into hiding after saying this, that this is Satyajit Ray's greatest film. I happen to share a common name with the protagonist, Siddhartha, and knowing the sort of impact this movie had on my father, and people of his generation, I wouldn't be surprised if, subconsciously at least, I was named after the character.

This movie is the first in what is called Ray's 'Calcutta Trilogy', which consists of 'Pratidwandi', 'Seemabaddha', and 'Jana Aranya'. These three movies, though not as remarkable perhaps as his previous, and more famous trilogy, the 'Apu trilogy', are nonetheless some of his finest and most subtle movies.

Pratidwandi is set in a Calcutta rocked by political unrest, and examines the varied reactions of the youth of the city to this unrest. Based on Sunil Gangopadhyay's novel, the story revolves around Siddhartha, his family, the girl he loves and his struggle for survival in the big city, while at all times staying true to his principles. From its beginning interview scene, its use of real events as backdrop, its sublime acting, particularly that of Dhritiman, right till its remarkable ending, arguably Ray's greatest ever, the film sustains a continues high which makes watching it an unforgettable experience.


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