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An Enemy of the People (1989)

Ganashatru (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 January 1990 (India)
In this adaption of the Ibsen stage play, an idealistic physician discovers that the town's temple waters are dangerously contaminated. But with the community relying on the holy attraction for tourist dollars, his warnings go unheeded.

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Satyajit Ray

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Nirmalya Acharya (research), Henrik Ibsen (play) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Dr. Ashok Gupta (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Dhritiman Chatterjee ... Nishith Gupta (as Dhritiman Chattopadhyay)
Dipankar Dey ... Haridas Bagchi
Ruma Guha Thakurta ... Maya Gupta (as Ruma Guhathakurta)
Mamata Shankar ... Indrani Gupta
Subhendu Chatterjee ... Biresh Guha (as Subhendu Chattopadhyay)
Manoj Mitra
Bhishma Guhathakurta Bhishma Guhathakurta ... Ranen Haldar
Satya Bannerjee Satya Bannerjee ... Landlord (as Satya Bandyopadhyay)
Rajaram Yagnik Rajaram Yagnik ... Mr. Bhargav
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashok Bera Ashok Bera
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
Sharmi Chakraborty Sharmi Chakraborty
Ajit Chatterjee Ajit Chatterjee
Purna Chattopadhyay Purna Chattopadhyay
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In this adaption of the Ibsen stage play, an idealistic physician discovers that the town's temple waters are dangerously contaminated. But with the community relying on the holy attraction for tourist dollars, his warnings go unheeded.

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India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A nép ellensége See more »

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India

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Not one of Ray's best, but it's decent
23 February 2014 | by zetesSee 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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