Ganashatru (1989)

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Having suffered a heart attack, Ray returned to cinema, extensively assisted by his son Sandeep, with a short documentary on his father, Sukumar Ray (1987), and with this first of three features set in contemporary Bengal, addressing, like his earlier trilogy, the theme of corruption. For his first contemporary story since Jana Aranya (1975), Ray transposes the Ibsen play into the story of Dr Ashok Gupta (Soumitra Chatterjee) who protests when the holy water in a temple turns out to be contaminated by bad plumbing and produces a jaundice epidemic. The doctor meets with powerful opposition from the temple trustees and the villagers. The plot device of making the holy water in a temple the cause of disease evoked the rise of the Hindu religious right wing in Indian politics. The film is shot predominantly in close-ups and mid-shots and seems to bear the stamp of Ray’s continuing ill health.

Cast: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee

Crew: Satyajit Ray (Director), Barun Raha (Director of Photography), Satyajit Ray (Music Director)

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1989 (India)

Bengali Name: গণশত্রু

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as Nishith Gupta
as Dr. Ashok Gupta
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as Ranen Haldar
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as Haridas Bagchi
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as Indrani Gupta
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as Mr. Bhargav
as Maya Gupta
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as Biresh Guha
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Music Director: Satyajit Ray
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