✍️By Special Correspondent
‘Pratidwandi’ which was officially selected as the opening film for a special screening in the Cannes Classic section this year shall make a comeback on big screen at the Priya cinema from the 19th August’22, 4pm. The film is known for experimenting with specific techniques such as photo-negative flashbacks.
It bagged three National Awards, including Best Direction, in 1971. It also won a nomination for the Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1971.
Pratidwandi (The Adversary, 1970) whisks us away to the streets of Kolkata, where medical student Siddhartha is forced to put his studies on hold following the death of his father. Set against a backdrop of a bustling, violent city in the throes of upheaval, he sits interview after interview, moving from one disappointment to the next. The film serves as the starting point of Satyajit Ray’s Calcutta trilogy, in which a light is shone on the socio-economic turbulence of West Bengal’s capital and the landmark shifts occurring in both the city and its locals’ personal lives. The protagonist of Pratidwandi (The Adversary) is seeking his path, and is a ball of contradictions. Sometimes on edge, other times nonchalant, Siddhartha is full of big dreams that come crashing down when faced with bitter reality.
The film incorporates documentary archive material, and switches back and forth between sweeping wide shots and up-close-and-personal perspective, shifting from the comic to the tragic as it unfolds. The result is a rich, complex work, a tangle of styles and emotions that lend Pratidwandi (The Adversary) all its power and muscle.