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The Adversary (1970)
"Pratidwandi" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  27 October 1970 (India)
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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.

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Complete credited cast:
Dhritiman Chatterjee ...
Siddhartha Chaudhuri (as Dhritiman Chattopadhyay)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asgar Ali
Arabinda Banerjee
Soumitra Banerjee
Amar Bardhan
Gaja Basu ...
(as Gaja Bose)
Krishna Bose ...
Sutapa
Biplab Chakraborty
Mihir Chakravarti
Anindita Chatterjee
Biplab Chatterjee
Chittaranjan Chatterjee
Dibyendu Chatterjee
Kalyan Chatterjee ...
Shiben (as Kalyan Chattopadhyay)
Mamata Chatterjee ...
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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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Calcutta Trilogy
31 May 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is the first of Ray's Calcutta Trilogy. Although 'Jana Aranya' also packs quite a punch, and like it, Pratidwandi also has central character that of a young man. But in this one, Dhritiman Chatterjee at various times comes nearer to the concept of 'Angry young man'. In Jana Aranya, the young protagonist compromise very early, whereas in this film, the young protagonist resists and resists.. until... The Direction in both Pratidwandi and Jana Aranya is straight. Ray tells the story without much getting into experimentation. One stark scene where he dabbles into some symbolism, depicts the potential job seekers as human skeletons from the eyes of the protagonist, his being an ex-medical student. The scene itself tells a lot about the state of mind of the hero and the plight of the youngsters. The whole sequence seen from third persons (audience) view point too show not only a very unique directorial description but it also shocks the audience to their core. The scene also departs from the classical Ray mold of being 'all humane' who desists from showing any violence. The scene may not have any violence but it shows the many shades of a mind facing much in itself from outside pressures and beginning to wander to the extremes. Pratidwandi is a tour-de-force by Satyajit Ray.


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