Ek Doctor Ki Maut

Ek Doctor Ki Maut (transl. Death of a Doctor) is a 1990 Indian Hindi-language drama film by Tapan Sinha, which depicts the ostracism, bureaucratic negligence, reprimand and insult of a doctor and his research, instead of recognition. The film is based on the story "Abhimanyu" by Ramapada Chowdhury.[1] This movie is loosely based on the life of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, an Indian physician who pioneered the In vitro fertilisation treatment just around the same time when another leading scientist Dr. Robert Edwards was conducting separate experiments in England.[2][3]

Ek Doctor Ki Maut
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byTapan Sinha
Produced byNational Film Development Corporation of India
Written byRamapada Chowdhury
(story, Abhimanyu)
Tapan Sinha
Based onAbhimanyu
by Ramapada Chowdhury
StarringPankaj Kapur
Shabana Azmi
Anil Chatterjee
Deepa Sahi
Music byVanraj Bhatia
CinematographySoumendu Roy
Edited bySoumendu Roy
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time
122 minutes


After years of painstaking research at the cost of his personal life, Dr. Dipankar Roy (Pankaj Kapur) discovers a vaccine for Leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight, an insignificant junior doctor receives international recognition. Professional jealousy and abuse of power threaten Dr. Roy, even as the Secretary of Health reprimands him for breaking the news to the press. He is asked to report to the Director of Health. Professional colleagues Dr. Arijit Sen and Dr. Ramananda invite him to a lecture but, it is merely a pretence to humiliate him. Dr. Roy suffers a mild heart attack, but he refuses to go to the hospital. His wife (Shabana Azmi) and a few others like Dr. Kundu (Anil Chatterjee) and Amulya (Irfan Khan) stand by Dr. Roy, but the harassment continues; a letter from a British foundation, John Anderson Foundation, is suppressed and Dr. Roy is transferred to a remote village. The last straw is two American doctors receiving credit for discovering the same vaccine. Dr. Roy is shattered. However, at the end, Dr. Roy gets an invitation from John Anderson Foundation inviting him to be a part of an eminent group of scientists working on other diseases. Dipankar Roy realizes that his research was fruitful. He also decides to accept the invitation as he just wants to work for the betterment of mankind.



The film was greatly applauded among film critics and writers. Tapan Sinha, the director, was inspired by the life and death of Subhash Mukhopadhyay and dedicates this film to him.


38th National Film Awards, IndiaEdit

Bengal Film Journalists' Association AwardsEdit

  • 1991 Best Film
  • 1991 Best Director

Filmfare AwardsEdit


  1. ^ "'Ek doctor ki maut' writer Ramapada Chowdhury passes away at 95". The Indian Express. 29 July 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ Times News Network (14 October 2003). "Honour fails to cheer doctor's wife". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Subhash Mukhopadhyay - the unlucky doctor behind India's first Test-tube baby". Sify.com. 4 October 2010. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010.

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