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113 Ratings


An Enemy of the People

Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1989
  • Bengali
  • English


In a small Indian town, an idealistic physician, Dr Ashoke Gupta, discovers that the holy water at the town temple is dangerously contaminated. He raises an alarm about the epidemic; instead of becoming the saviour, however, he is labelled as an enemy of the people.

Our take

An adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People, Ganashatru is a scathing commentary on the social system and religious orthodoxies. Highlights the ever-persistent conflict between rationality and religion, which is fueled by the greed of the powerful and naivete of blind faith.

Ganashatru Directed by Satyajit Ray

Critics reviews

Now significantly restricted in his directorial process, Ray would by necessity approach his next project on logistically modest terms. The resulting film, An Enemy of the People, a 1989 adaptation of a stage play by Henrik Ibsen, is a comparably humble achievement, though this shouldn’t in any way be read as a temperate or timid work. While unassuming, An Enemy of the People is one of Ray’s most impassioned, ideologically acute films.
January 09, 2014
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