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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Echoes of Om Hashem's Lamp bec of the religious twist & Z bec of the foiled public meeting. Compare also to Jaws & Death in Venice. The adaptation was probably triggered by the 1984 Bhopal disaster &/or a rise in Hindu extremism. The original's final discovery of the power of being 'alone' is here turned into a hope in solidarity. A reserved drama hardly with exterior shots. See goodreads.com/review/show/389790663
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.