|Directed by||Satyajit Ray|
|Produced by||Satyajit Ray|
|Screenplay by||Satyajit Ray|
|Based on||Atithi (short story)
by Satyajit Ray
|Music by||Satyajit Ray|
|Editing by||Dulal Dutta|
|Distributed by||Artificial Eye (UK)|
|Running time||120 mins|
Agantuk (Bengali: আগন্তুক Agontuk, lit. "The Stranger"), English title The Stranger, is a 1991 Bengali drama film directed by Satyajit Ray. It was Ray's last film, based on one of his short stories, Atithi (The Guest). It was a joint Indian-French production with financial backing from companies such as Gérard Depardieu's DD Productions and Canal+.
Anila Bose (Mamata Shankar) receives a letter from a man, who claims to be her long lost uncle Manomohan Mitra (Utpal Dutt). He is visiting India after 35 years abroad and Anila is his only surviving relative, so he wants to meet her in Calcutta before he sets off again. Anila looks forward to the meeting, but her husband Sudhindra (Deepankar De) is suspicious. The uncle arrives and stays with the family. He says that he is an anthropologist who has traveled all over the world, and he immediately wins the friendship of Anila's son Satyaki.
Anila suddenly remembers her grandfather's will, and Sudhindra is quick to suspect that the man calling himself Manomohan has come only to claim his share of the inheritance. Anila now also starts to doubt his identity, while their son truly believes that he is the man he claims to be.
The central conflict of the film rests upon the identity of the man and the family's struggle to accept or reject it. Sudhindra subjects the visitor to various tests in an effort to resolve this conflict. In a final attempt to unravel the truth, he invites a lawyer friend to gently question the guest. However, matter's turn ugly as the lawyer's anger builds up until finally he orders the guest to "either come clean or just clear out." The next morning, the visitor is nowhere to be found. Desperate to find him. the family finally learns that he is in fact Manmohan Mitra and they locate him in a remote village.
The couple apologises to Manmohan, and persuades him to come back with them to Calcutta. Back in Calcutta, just before he leaves for Australia, Manmohan gives the family his entire share of the inheritance.
Agantuk was to become Satyajit Ray's last film. He died on 23 April 1992, at the age of 70. The film was a joint Indian-French production with financial backing from Gérard Depardieu's DD Productions, Canal+ and a couple of other French companies. Gérard Depardieu is credited as executive producer.
- "Nothing, it seems, can take away the old fire. Ray's eye for detail and the old magic of his genius can't let go of The Stranger, a tour-de-force. The camera is wielded like a conductor's baton as it strikes chords deep in the mind." – The Times
- "A graceful comedy made in a serene, classical style... we can still hear in its message the voice of a great artist!" – The New Yorker
- "A gentle, exquisitely realized comedy, beautifully observed, sweet and enriching!" – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
- "One of Satyajit Ray's best." – John Hartl, The Seattle Times
- "Ray's finest work after Pather Panchali." – Ramesh Chopra, The Economic Times
- Surendar Chawdhary (27 May 2011). The Pather Panchali of Satyajit Ray: An Illustrated Study. McFarland. pp. 192–. ISBN 978-0-7864-6353-4. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- IMDb: Company credits for Agantuk Retrieved 2013-05-08
- Satyajit Ray; Bert Cardullo (1 March 2007). Satyajit Ray: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 210–. ISBN 978-1-57806-937-8. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- IMDb: Full cast and crew for Agantuk Retrieved 2013-05-08
- Satyajitray.org on Agantuk
- UCSC on Agantuk
- Reviews of all of Ray's film including Agantuk
- Agantuk at the Internet Movie Database