Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder)
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Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder)
Satyajit Ray's drama about the Bengal famine of 1942-1943 stars frequent Ray collaborator Soumitra Chatterjee as Gangacharan, a Brahmin who sets up a school in a remote Bengali village. As World War II drains India's resources, the price of rice begins to rise, and soon the villagers can no longer afford to eat. Merchants horde their grain and the impoverished villagers riot in protest. Gangacharan manages to survive for a while by exchanging his teaching services for food, but the devastation around him soon becomes so desperate that his altruism overcomes his instinct for… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tragedy of such magnitude becomes an event abstracted by arithmetic. But Ray's artistry alters the scale. His concentrating on just a few victims of the famine causes such massive loss to become real, immediate."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Distant thunder, indeed; a superb film."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A gentle humanist film that informs the world that over five million died of starvation and epidemics in Bengal."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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