An Enemy of the people = Ganashatru

India, 1989

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Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play of the same name, spoken in Bengali dialogue with English subtitles. In this version of Ibsen’s play, Satyajit Ray has transposed the action to contemporary India. When Dr. Ashok Gupta, chief medical officer at the hospital in the West Bengal town of Chandipur, discovers that the local ‘holy waters’ are dangerously polluted, his efforts to solve the problem are blocked by powerful local interests determined that nothing shall interfere with the lucrative flow of pilgrims and tourists. Gupta is, however, eventually supported by a coalition of progressive local interests, and the scene is set for a powerful conflict between science and superstition, idealism and self-interest. A fine example of ‘late’ Ray, and a fascinating fusion of Ray and Ibsen. Satyajit Ray was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1992. Stars Soumitra Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Deepankar De, Ruma Cuhathakurta and Mamta Shankta.

Credits

production company

National Film Development Corporation of India

Duration

01:36:00:00

Production places
India
Production dates
1989

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303645

Language

Bengali

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - India

Foreign language films

Literature → Literature

Literature → Norwegian literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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