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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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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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The boiling point
23 August 2014 | by acidrosesrijitSee all my reviews

Pratidwandi - a film that aptly captures the ennui and angst of the educated middle class Bengali youth during the tumultuous Naxal-ridden period of 60's Calcutta. Fraught with a desire to DO something, Siddharto is however jobless and dreams about actually doing something of significance. But his middle-class upbringing stops him at every step. Caught in a web of his own upbringing, his need to get a day job to pay the bills, and his own morality, he is unwilling to step out of his comfort zone and take a risk. This leads his friend to taunt him that he is a "thinker" and not a "doer" - when he refuses to indulge in drinking or casual sex. But, Siddharto, in his actions and thoughts, will perhaps strike you as almost dilettante-ish, perhaps even cavalier in his thoughts about a "revolution" and in his dreams about a "better world" without ever leaving Calcutta. How this attitude slowly reaches a boiling point and tips over, when he lashes out at the so-called "babu" class, is striking in the climactic final moments of the film. A masterpiece by Satyajit Ray, this film is a parable of sorts and can be related to even today.


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