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An Enemy of the People (1989)
"Ganashatru" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  19 January 1990 (India)
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In this adaption of the Ibsen stage play, an idealistic physician discovers that the town's hot springs are dangerously contaminated. But with the community relying on the spa for tourist dollars, his warnings to the falls for deaf ears.

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Dr. Ashok Gupta (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Dhritiman Chatterjee ...
Nishith Gupta (as Dhritiman Chattopadhyay)
Dipankar Dey ...
Haridas Bagchi
Ruma Guha Thakurta ...
Maya Gupta (as Ruma Guhathakurta)
Mamata Shankar ...
Indrani Gupta
Subhendu Chatterjee ...
Biresh Guha (as Subhendu Chattopadhyay)
Manoj Mitra
Bhishma Guhathakurta ...
Ranen Haldar
Satya Bannerjee ...
Landlord (as Satya Bandyopadhyay)
Rajaram Yagnik ...
Mr. Bhargav
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Ashok Bera
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
Sharmi Chakraborty
Ajit Chatterjee
Purna Chattopadhyay
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In this adaption of the Ibsen stage play, an idealistic physician discovers that the town's hot springs are dangerously contaminated. But with the community relying on the spa for tourist dollars, his warnings to the falls for deaf ears.

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Brilliant, One of Satyajit Ray's Best
24 February 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

"Ganashatru" is certainly one of the best movies of Satyajit Ray, though not one of his most popular ones. The story is set up in a small town of India and is brutally realistic. The film depicts the superstitions and ignorance one might find in an Indian town (or for that matter in any Indian City). The main characters are brilliantly portrayed by Soumitra Chatterjee, Dipankar Dey, Subhendu Chatterjee and Dhritiman. The reason this movie has not had any popularity is mainly because of the blind religious superstitions that lives amongst most of us and has blinded us in seeing the truth.

A must watch, if one believes that film makers have a duty towards educating the society.


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