Pratidwandi also known as Pratidandi, is translated to mean Adversary, Opponent, or Competitor. It is a film brought into the Indian Cinema world in 1972, and the primary language is Bengali, West Bengal, India. Directed by Satyajit Ray, this movie was inspired by the novel by Indian author Sunil Gangopadhyay by the same title.
Set in the period experiencing the Bengal naxalite revolution, this film tells the story of a character by the name of Siddharta, a cultivated middle-class man dealing with personal issues. It is meant to highlight the large number of derelicts during the loss of activity in the economy happening at the time.
Behind the scenes recognitions belong to the following talents: Satyajit Ray for the direction of the film, and author Sunil Ganguli who inspired the screenplay for the movie with his novel. Production was possible thanks to Priya Films, sound was produced by J. D. Irani and Durgadas Mitra, Art Direction was provided by Bansi Chandragupta, Soumendu Roy. Pumendu Bose ran cinematography, and the soundtrack for the film was composed by Satyajit Ray.
The film has been given the following Awards:
• Special Award. New Delhi. (1971)
• President's Silver Medal. New Delhi. (1971)