The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)
The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City) (1972)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

An often powerful story from Satyajit Ray.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Ray's incredible warmth and superbly understated visual style can charm even those (like me) who don't find his films particularly compelling.

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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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beautifully observed political film of disenfranchisement.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Emily B.
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… More