Agantuk (The Stranger) (2003)



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Satyajit Ray's final film is a deceptively simple modern fable about a mysterious and world-weary old man (Utpal Dutt), who comes to stay with a middle-class Calcutta family, claiming to be the wife's long-lost uncle, Manmohan Mitra. Anila (Mamata Shankar), the wife, wants to believe him, but her husband, Sudhindra (Deepankar De), has his doubts. The couple's young son, Satyaki (Bikram Bhattacharya), is enthralled by Manmohan's exotic tales of his magical adventures, which have taken him from New York to the jungles of the Amazon, and pretty much regards the whole thing as a game. As the family and their friends try to figure out who exactly he is, his very presence forces them to reflect on their own lives and identities. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi


Utpal Dutt
as Manomohan Mitra
Dhritiman Chatterjee
as Prithwish Sen Gupta
Rabi Ghosh
as Ranjan Rakshit

Critic Reviews for Agantuk (The Stranger)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

A small, gentle, exquisitely realized comedy about, among other things, family loyalties and trust in a world in which traditions have been devalued.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

It shows all the virtues of a master artist in full maturity.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A fitting ending to Ray's 30-film career.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps Ray's most memorable character since Apu.

Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

a beautiful valediction by a great filmmaker anticipating his own departure, whose message is as profound as any in a majestic career

Jan 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This 1991 film -- Ray's last -- is far from his best, but its delicate, loosely structured domestic satire rewards viewer patience.

Aug 29, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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