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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)
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Nishith Gupta (as Dhritiman Chattopadhyay)
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Haridas Bagchi
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Maya Gupta (as Ruma Guhathakurta)
Mamata Shankar ...
Indrani Gupta
Subhendu Chatterjee ...
Biresh Guha (as Subhendu Chattopadhyay)
Manoj Mitra
Bhishma Guhathakurta ...
Ranen Haldar
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Rajaram Yagnik ...
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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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Not one of Ray's best, but it's decent
23 February 2014 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Ray adapts an Ibsen play. This feels very much like a made-for-TV movie, and it's a bit of a slog, especially up front, but it gains momentum as it goes on and is pretty interesting. Dr. Gupta (Soumitra Chatterjee) discovers that the holy water from a popular local temple is infected with bacteria. Fixing the problem will be costly and a lot of people are against it, including Gupta's brother (Dhritiman Chatterjee), a bureaucrat. Eventually, Dr. Gupta finds himself in deep disapproval of the community, a virtual pariah. This is part of a recently released Eclipse set, Late Ray, but can also be watched on Hulu Plus.


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