The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)

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The Adversary stars Dhritiman Chatterjee as an Indian university student. Upon the death of his father, Chatterjee is compelled to drop out of school and support his family by taking a series of "grunt" jobs. Surrounded for the first time in his life by the squalor and poverty of Calcutta, the student grows increasingly embittered over his reduced circumstances. Director Satyajit Ray cannot completely obscure his eye for pictorial beauty even in this tragic tale of dashed hopes. Originally released in 1971 as Pratidwandi, The Adversary has been distributed to English-speaking countries under the alternate title Siddharta and the City. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)

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  • The Adversary moves so quietly, with such seeming politeness to jaded film senses, that it takes a while to realize that for all its somberness it's a particularly moving comedy.

    Oct 24, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ray's incredible warmth and superbly understated visual style can charm even those (like me) who don't find his films particularly compelling.

    Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully observed political film of disenfranchisement.

    Feb 18, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • An often powerful story from Satyajit Ray.

    Aug 29, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Once you get to grips with the frustration and determination of the film's hero, the points Ray is making about society become increasingly accessible. It's a major piece of work.

    Mar 4, 2006 | Full Review…
  • India's finest director clearly relates to his protagonist: a thinking man well aware of his political surroundings, but never to the point of sacrificing his artistic vision.

    Feb 28, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)

The first film in Ray's Calcutta Trilogy, about a young trying to cope in a city with Political unrest. This is an overlooked classic by Ray, and one of my favourite's of his so far. The techniques used such as negative images, jump cuts and some brilliant dream sequences make it very similar to French new wave.

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