Open main menu

Distant Thunder (Bengali: অশনি সংকেত; translit. Oshoni Shongket) is a 1973 Bengali film by the renowned Indian director Satyajit Ray, based on the novel by the same name by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.[1] Unlike most of Ray's earlier films, Distant Thunder was filmed in colour. It stars Soumitra Chatterjee, who headlined numerous Ray films, and the Bangladeshi actress Bobita in her only prominent international role. Today the film features in "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made".[2] It marked the debut of the theatre star Mrityunjay Sil.[2]

Ashani Sanket
Dvd ashani sanket.jpg
A poster for Ashani Sanket
Directed bySatyajit Ray
Screenplay bySatyajit Ray
Based onAshani Sanket
by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
StarringSoumitra Chatterjee
Sandhya Roy
Music bySatyajit Ray
CinematographySoumendu Roy
Edited byDulal Dutta
Balaka Movies
Distributed byNanda Bhattacharya
Release date
  • June 1973 (1973-06) (Berlin)
  • 16 August 1973 (1973-08-16) (India)
Running time
101 minutes



The film is set in a village in the Indian province of Bengal during World War II, and examines the effect of the Great Famine of 1943 on the villages of Bengal through the eyes of a young Brahmin doctor-teacher, Gangacharan, and his wife, Anaga. Ray shows the human scale of a cataclysmic event that killed more than 3 million people. The film unfolds at a leisurely pace that reflects the rhythms of village life, but gradually shows the breakdown of traditional village norms under the pressure of hunger and starvation.[3][4]


  • Soumitra Chatterjee as Gangacharan Chakravarti
  • Bobita as Angana/Gangacharan's wife
  • Chitra Banerjee as Moti
  • Govinda Chakravarti - Dinabandhu
  • Anil Ganguly as Nibaran
  • Noni Ganguly as Scarface' Jadu
  • Debatosh Ghosh as Adhar
  • Ramesh Mukherjee as Biswas
  • Sheli Pal as Mokshada
  • Suchita Ray Chaudhury as Khenti
  • Sandhya Roy as Chutki
  • Mrityunjay Sil as Ajay (Cameo)[2]



  1. ^ Ashani Archived 28 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine Satyajit Ray Film and Study Centre, University of California, Santa Cruz.
  2. ^ a b c The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made by the film critics of the New York Times, New York Times, 2002.
  3. ^ Movie Review - Ashani Sanket By Vincent Canby, New York Times, 12 October 1973.
  4. ^ Overview New York Times.
  5. ^ "Berlinale 1973: Prize Winners". Retrieved 27 June 2010.

External linksEdit