Satyajit Ray

An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People

In Satyajit Ray’s absorbing contemporary adaptation of a play by Henrik Ibsen, a good-hearted doctor discovers that the serious illness befalling the citizens of his small Bengali town may be due to a contamination of the holy water at the local temple. His findings are met not with public gratitude but with rancor, as well as opposition from local authorities, who are afraid the news will keep visitors away. Stately in style but with a fiery debate at its heart, An Enemy of the People gets at the tension between religion and science in everyday Indian life.

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An Enemy of the People
Cast
Soumitra Chatterjee
Dr. Ashoke Gupta
Ruma Guha Thakurta
Maya, Dr. Gupta’s wife
Mamata Shankar
Indrani, Dr. Gupta’s daughter
Dhritiman Chatterjee
Nisith
Dipankar Dey
Haridas Bagchi
Subhendu Chatterjee
Biresh
Manoj Mitra
Adhir
Credits
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
National Film Development Corporation of India
Screenplay
Satyajit Ray
Adapted from the play An Enemy of the People by
Henrik Ibsen
Cinematography
Barun Raha
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Art direction
Ashoke Bose
Music
Satyajit Ray

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