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Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People)

 

Year 1989
Producer National Film Development Corporation of India
Distributor National Film Development Corporation of India
Screenplay Satyajit Ray
Adapted from The play An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
Photography Barun Raha
Editor Dulal Dutta
Art Director Ashoke Bose
Music Satyajit Ray
Sound Sujit Sarkar
Length 100 min.
Print Color

Cast:

Dr. Ashoke Gupta Soumitra Chatterjee
Maya Ruma Guha Thakurta
Indrani Mamata Shankar
Nisith Dhritiman Chatterjee
Biresh Subhendu Chatterjee
Haridas Bagchi Dipankar Dey
Adhir Manoj Mitra
Ranen Haldar Viswa Guha Thakurta
Bhargava Rajaram Yagnik
Manmatha Satya Banerjee
Chandan Govinda Mukherjee

This film is an adaptation of the play by Henrik Ibsen. The action occurs in Chandipur, in Bengal, in the same place where the events of Devi unfolded. Dr. Gupta, a general practitioner, is personally convinced that the holy water of the temple is the source of the epidemic that is rampant in the region. He warns his brother Nisith, a city official, who refuses to close the temple in order to repair the water mains. Bhargava, the businessman who had the temple built, backs Nisith. Dr. Gupta wants to write an article in order to alert the populace to the dangers of contamination. Fearing adverse public opinion, the editor rejects it. The doctor organizes a meeting, which is sabotaged. He is decreed a heretic and a public enemy.