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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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Disappointing
2 January 2006 | by (Bangalore) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of Ray's lesser inspired works. He has made minimal effort to adapt the script of a play into an entertaining movie. The story, like all his movies, depicts struggle against social stigmas. But its dull. The characters fail to generate any bonding with the audience. The pace is extremely slow and the dialog stilted. This could be because Ray was cautious of the sensitive issue being dealt with in the movie. He may have deliberately presented such a clinical version to avoid a clash with the religious right. The collusion of media and bureaucracy exposed by the movie is admirable. Bottomline, I would rather watch the same performance as a play instead of the movie format.


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