Aggressive. Arrogant. Adamant. Honest. Revolutionary. All these pillars add up to the creation of “Pratidwandi” (1970). Satyajit Ray’s attempt to recreate the frustration & dejection of a 1970’s jobless youth (Dhritiman Chatterjee) passes with flying marks. As a film “Pratidwandi” scores in every department. Be it editing, (Dulal Dutta), art direction (Bansi Chandragupta), camera (Subrata Mitra), or screenplay (Satyajit Ray), “Pratidwandi” surpasses the limits of film making to every possible extent. The form & narration remains “unique” from the word go. The neo-realist treatment in the closing credits add to the effervescent brilliance of Ray. The music carries testimony to the fact that Ray was simply more than a genius. The performances before the camera have been spot-on. Dhritiman as the perplexed protagonist, Krishna Bose as his consumerist sibling & Debraj Roy as his naxalite brother have extracted their best. Jayasri Roy, Indira Debi, Bhaskar Chowdhury, Kalyan Chattopadhyay & Biplab Chattopadhyay provide able support. The film won 3 National Awards & was felicitated at the Venice Film Festival in 1972. Produced by Nepal & Asim Dutta & Written by Sunil Ganguly “Pratidwandi” is the film for every individual with a burning humanist soul. Worth a watch!