Adapted from the Henrik Ibsen play of the same name, An Enemy of the People focuses on Dr. Ashoke Gupta, the head of the town hospital. He believes that the holy water in the town temple is contaminated and causing an epidemic.
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The threat of an epidemic in a flourishing Bengali town pits the demagoguery of capitalism against the empiricism of science. Adapted from an Ibsen play, it culminates in an unsatisfying way: with god emanating from the machine. A minor work by Ray.