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by Satyajit Ray




Director: Satyajit Ray

Script: Satyajit Ray after Sunil Gangopadhyay's novel Pratidwandi

Cinematographer: Soumendu Roy, Purnendu Bose

Editor: Dulal Dutta

Music: Satyajit Ray

Art Director: Bansi Chandragupta

Cast: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Indira Devi, Debraj Ray, Krishna Bose, Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Bhaskar Chowdhury

Production: Priya Films

Films Sans Frontières
70, bd de Sébastopol
75003 Paris
Tel.: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1970

35 mm, B & W, 110 min, 
OV Bengali With French Subtitles

Siddharta Chowdury is a twenty-five-year-old medical student living in Calcutta. When his father suddenly dies, he has to stop studying to get a job, for which he undergoes an interview with a jury. Sutapa, his ambitious sister has tightened relationships with her boss while Tunu, his younger brother, is an activist in a leftist movement. In Bengal, in the late sixties, the political situation has become explosive. The Naxalites, a marxist movement, show up almost everyday. This leftist violence reflects the despair of thousands of people, including young graduates compelled to unemployment in a society facing economic stagnation. Siddharta has not yet quite entered the world of adults, his reactions and relationships prove he still behaves as a student, but not a revolutionary. The relationship he starts with Keya, his girl friend, puts some freshness back into his life.

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