Synopsis by Hal Erickson
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 first time in his life by the squalor and poverty of Calcutta, the student grows increasingly embittered over his reduced circumstances. Director Satyajit Ray cannot completely obscure his eye for pictorial beauty even in this tragic tale of dashed hopes. Originally released in 1971 as Pratidwandi, The Adversary has been distributed to English-speaking countries under the alternate title Siddharta and the City.
escape, big-city, college, death, father, life-changes, one-against-odds, poverty, quitting, riches-to-rags, society, struggle, student