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Padatik  (The Guerilla Fighter)




A political activist escapes the prison van and is sheltered in a posh apartment owned by a sensitive young woman. Both are rebels: the activist against political treachery and the other on social level. Both are bitter about badly organized state of things. Being in solitary confinement, the fugitive engages himself in self-criticism and, in the process, questions the leadership. Questions are not allowed, obeying that is mandatory. Displeasure leads to bitterness, bitterness to total rift. The struggle has to continue, both for the political activist, now segregated, and the woman in exile.  
Language Bengali (1973, Black & White)
Producer Mrinal Sen Productions
Story Ashish Barman
Camera K. K. Mahajan
Music Ananda Shankar
Cast Dhritiman Chatterjee
Simi Garewal
Bijon Bhattachariya
Pravash Sarkar
Awards National Award - Best screenplay (Mrinal Sen / Ashish Barman)


padatik1j.jpg (19445 bytes) Dhritiman Chatterjee, the political activist in hiding, and Pravash Sarkar, his only contact with the party
Dhritiman Chatterjee and Pravash Sarkar. The film was shown in the Director's Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival padatik2j.jpg (23093 bytes)
padatik3j.jpg (29653 bytes) Dhritiman Chatterjee and Ashima Das
Dhritiman Chatterjee and Simi Garewal padatik4j.jpg (28187 bytes)
padatik5j.jpg (25704 bytes) Dhritiman Chatterjee and Simi Garewal
Simi Garewal padatik6j.jpg (32139 bytes)
padatik7j.jpg (22373 bytes) Dhritiman Chatterjee
Mrinal Sen with Dhritiman and Amol Sarkar, his assistant director padatik8j.jpg (32561 bytes)
padatik9j.jpg (28080 bytes) Mrinal Sen talking to his cameraman, K. K. Mahajan. The whole film was shot inside this rented apartment.