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Ashani Sanket
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by Balaka Movies
Written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay (novel)
Satyajit Ray (sceenplay)
Starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Bobita
Cinematography Soumendu Roy
Editing by Dulal Dutta
Distributed by Nanda Bhattacharya
Release date(s) India 1973
United States 26 October 1975
Running time 101 min
Language Bengali

Distant Thunder (1973; Bangla: অশনি সংকেত, Ashani Sanket) is a 1973 Bengali film by the renowned Indian director Satyajit Ray, based on the novel by the same name by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay[1] Unlike most of Ray's earlier films, Distant Thunder was filmed in colour. It stars Soumitra Chatterjee, who headlined numerous Ray films, and the Bangladeshi actress Bobita in her only prominent international role. Today the film features in "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made"[2]

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Overview

The film is set in the rural Indian province of Bengal during World War II, and examines the effect of the Great Famine of 1943 on the villages of Bengal through the eyes of a young Brahmin doctor-teacher, Gangacharan, and his wife, Anaga. Ray shows the human scale of a cataclysmic event that killed more than 3 million people. The film unfolds at a leisurely pace that reflects the rhythms of village life, but gradually shows the breakdown of traditional village norms under the pressure of hunger and starvation[3][4].

Cast

  • Bobita- Ananga, Gangacharan's wife
  • Chitra Banerjee - Moti
  • Govinda Chakravarti - Dinabandhu
  • Soumitra Chatterjee - Gangacharan Chakravarti
  • Anil Ganguly - Nibaran
  • Noni Ganguly - `Scarface' Jadu
  • Debatosh Ghosh - Adhar
  • Ramesh Mukherjee - Biswas
  • Sheli Pal - Mokshada
  • Suchita Ray Chaudhury - Khenti
  • Sandhya Roy - Chutki

Awards

Berlin International Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
  • 1974: Golden Hugo for Best Film
National Film Awards

References

  1. ^ Ashani Satyajit Ray Film and Study Centre, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  2. ^ The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made By THE FILM CRITICS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York Times 2002.
  3. ^ Movie Review - Ashani Sanket By Vincent Canby, New York Times, 12 October 1973.
  4. ^ Overview New York Times.

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