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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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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 ... Nibaran
Noni Ganguly Noni Ganguly ... 'Scarface' Jadu
Debatosh Ghosh Debatosh Ghosh ... Adhar
Gobardhan Ghosh Gobardhan Ghosh
Dalim Guha Dalim Guha
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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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2 September 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

The subject matter of this small masterpiece is the famine which killed millions of people in Bengal during the war years after 1942 when Japan controlled Burma and a source of rice for India was then cut off. The "distant thunder" is the sound of an alien war, seemingly irrelevant, which nevertheless spreads its havoc. The central character is a Brahmin priest-teacher-doctor (Soumitra Chatterji) who with his wife (Babita)is forced to choose between survival for themselves or compassion for others less well-off than they are when confronted by scarcity, hoarding, and profiteering. Out of this background of horror and deprivation, the gifted director of the APU TRILOGY has fashioned a compassionate and understated picture leading inexorably to a haunting concluding image which must surely etch itself permanently into the memories and consciences of every viewer. This is a truly magnificent film.


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