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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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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Satyajit ray won golden bear at berlin film festival for this movie. This was first and last time for an indian to do so. See more »

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beautiful.....
26 March 2007 | by mariposarosa2See all my reviews

DISTANT THUNDER is a very hard to find film (at least it was for me), so, if you see at your local library or film rental, don't pass up the chance to see it. It tells the story of the famine of 1943, in India, where a young Brahmin doctor (Soumitra Chatterji) and his beautiful wife (Babita) must search for rice, as the price continues to climb. The doctor is humbled by the experience and is forever changed (for the better) through experiencing, firsthand, what it feels like to be hungry. This is a beautiful masterpiece by the incomparable Satyajit Ray. If you haven't seen his films already, this is a great introduction. I also highly recommend THE APU TRILOGY, TWO DAUGHTERS, DEVI and THE STRANGER.


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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

26 October 1975 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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