Pratidwandi (Bengali DVD with English Subtitles)

Pratidwandi (Bengali DVD with English Subtitles)

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Author: Dhritiman Chatterjee
Jayasri Ray/
Director/Composer/Na: Satyajit Ray
Publisher: Shradha Home Video
Year: 2005
Language: Bengali
Pages: NA
ISBN/UPC (if available): NA


The sudden death of Siddhartha Choudhuri’s father compels him to give up his medical studies and look for a job. But finding a job turns out to be really hard for Siddhartha, because he lacks the all-important element of "backing". At home, Siddhartha’s younger sister Sutapa is on her way to self-made success and younger brother Tunu is caught up in revolutionary politics. Siddhartha feels alienated as they both look down upon him for his conventional attitude.

While the days for him are one long round of boredom and aimless wandering, the evenings are somewhat lightened by old college friends. One of them, Adinath, takes him to a prostitute. Siddhartha is disgusted by the encounter and runs away at the first opportunity. There after, Keya happens to be in his life, but the relationship remains clouded by Keya’s sudden realization that her father is going to marry his maternal aunt. It would perhaps have helped Siddhartha found the job and stood by her side. At a crucial interview, while waiting to be called, his temper begins to rise at this spectacle of bureaucratic callousness and in the end, he gives vent to his pent up rage and renounces the job. He ends up as a medical sales-man in a small suburban town, away from the city and the girl he loves. But at least he is now able to stand on his own feet.

Three National Awards Winner Film
President Award India, 1970 (Special award for 2nd Best Film)
President Award India, 1970, for Best Direction
President Award India, 1970, for Best Screenplay
Venice Film Festival, 1972, Exhibition Prize

Dhritiman Chatterjee, Jayasri Ray, Debraj Roy, Kalyan Chatterjee

Direction: Satyajit Ray

Based on story by: Sunil Ganguly