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Pratidwandi (The Adversary)

 

Year 1970
Producer Priya Films
Distributor Piyali Pictures
Screenplay Satyajit Ray
Based on The novel Pratidwandi by Sunil Ganguly
Photography Soumendu Roy, Purnendu Bose
Editor Dulal Dutta
Art Director Bansi Chandragupta
Music Satyajit Ray
Sound J. D. Irani, Durgadas Mitra
Length 110 min.
Print Black & White

Cast:

Sutapa Krishna Bose
Siddartha Chowdhury Dhritiman Chatterjee
Siben Kalyan Chowdhury
Sarojini Indira Devi
Tunu Debraj Roy
Keya Joysree Roy
Lotika Sefali
Sanyal Soven Lahiri
Keya's father Pisu Majumdar
Keya's aunt Dhara Roy
Sanyal's wife Mamata Chatterjee

Siddartha, a medical student, feels he must discontinue his studies following the death of his father. He looks for a job and has to submit to a formal interviews requiring that the candidate be examined by a committee on questions of general culture. He realizes that he lacks the all important element of backing. Somewhat mentally disoriented, wandering in a Calcutta shocked by intense political upheaval and revolutionary violence, he ends by accepting a medical sales position, away from the city and the girl he loves.