This Thursday (2nd August) at 6:30 p.m. Sachin Chatte will host a special screening of Satyajit Ray’s Ganashatru at Cinephile Film Club, in the presence of veteran actor Mr. Dhritiman Chatterjee, who has worked with some of the masters of Indian cinema.
Mr. Chatterjee made his debut back in 1970 in Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi and subsequently, worked with the legendary film maker on two more films,Ganashatru and Agantuk. He also worked with several other notable directors like Mrinal Sen (Akaler Shandhaney, Patadik) and Aparna Sen (36 Chowringhee Lane). He also acted in the Kate Winslet starrer Holy Smoke by Oscar winning director Jane Campion and is known for his performance in Hindi films like Black, Guru, Kahaani and in the more recent, Pink. In his book Our Films, Their Films, Ray called Dhritiman Chatterjee as a star who belongs to a rare breed.
The details of Ganashatru are as follows, Mr Chatterjee will be present for the screening followed by a Q & A.:
Film: Ganashatru (Bengali with English subtitles)
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Mamata Shankar
Directed by: Satyajit Ray
Duration: 1 hr 39 mins
Date: 2nd August 6.30 p.m.
Ray made Ganashatru towards the end of his career and it was released in 1990. Based on the play An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen’s (which was also adapted by Arthur Miller in a film of the same name starring Steve McQueen), this film has two of Ray’s favorite actors, Soumitra and Dhritiman Chatterjee. Set in a small town in Bengal, the former plays a doctor heading the hospital while the latter plays his brother plays the head of the municipality. They come to loggerheads when the doctor realizes that contaminated water from a temple is the source for an epidemic while his brother has other interests in mind. The film was an official selection at the Cannes film festival that year.
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