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Distant Thunder (1973)

Ashani Sanket (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 October 1975 (USA)
As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Gangacharan Chakravarti (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Bobita ... Ananga, Gangacharan's wife
Sandhya Roy ... Chutki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chitra Banerjee Chitra Banerjee ... Moti
Paritosh Banerjee Paritosh Banerjee
Sachin Chakraborty Sachin Chakraborty
Govinda Chakravarti Govinda Chakravarti ... Dinabandhu
Shrikumar Dutta Shrikumar Dutta
Subal Dutta Subal Dutta
Tapan Dutta Tapan Dutta
Anil Ganguly Anil Ganguly ... Nibaran
Noni Ganguly Noni Ganguly ... 'Scarface' Jadu
Debatosh Ghosh Debatosh Ghosh ... Adhar
Gobardhan Ghosh Gobardhan Ghosh
Dalim Guha Dalim Guha
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Storyline

Gangacharan is the new Brahmin of a village, where he assumes various duties: teaching, organizing religious events, and trying to prevent epidemics. But in that year 1943, war is raging (as reminded by the planes occasionally heard flying over the countryside), and a major famine is under way. As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

26 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Distant Thunder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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One of THE best movies I have ever see.
12 July 2000 | by maharani_mdSee all my reviews

The chemistry between Chatterjee and Babita is amazing in this classic study of the conflicts between religion, station, and the inner workings of human souls. Ray's best-known masterpiece improves with repeated viewings. Every time, I watch it, I pick up new nuances, particular on Babita's performance. The thin lines between devout and callous, love and loathing, & heroism and insanity have never been examined more in-depth or with greater insights. On one level, great art, on another flawlessly technical, but overwhelmingly emotionally draining in the best possible way.


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