Original name: Agantuk
English name: The Stranger
Year: 1991
Run time: 120 min
Language: Bengali
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: India
Director: Satyajit Ray
Producer: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Utpal Dutt, Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar, Dhritiman Chatterjee
Screenplay: Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer: Barun Raha
Editor: Dulal Dutta
Sound Designer: Sujit Sarkar
Music Composer: Satyajit Ray
Costume Designer: Lalita Ray
Production Designer: Ashoke Bose
Production Company: NFDC India, DD Productions, Canal +


Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 1977 Shatranj Ke Khiladi
  • 1963 Mahanagar
  • 1960 Devi
  • 1959 Apur Sansar
  • 1958 Jalsaghar
  • 1956 Aparajito
  • 1955 Pather Panchali

Director’s Biography:

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray is perhaps the most influential director to work in Indian cinema and captivate the world with its magic. Influenced by the poetic humanism of Jean Renoir and the Italian neorealist movement, Ray made his debut Pather Panchali—the first instalment of his acclaimed Apu Trilogy. Over the course of a long, remarkably varied career that encompassed forays into a wide array of genres—including period pieces, comedies, detective mysteries, and documentaries—Ray applied his compassionate, lyrical vision to explorations of female liberation (Mahanagar, Charulata), the clash between tradition and modernity (Jalsaghar), and the impact of British colonialism (Shatranj Ke Khiladi). Overflowing with humanity, humour, and exquisite visual imagery, Ray’s films are nothing short of essential.


Anila receives a letter from a man who claims to be her uncle. This uncle had disappeared 35 years ago. He has written to her about his desire to spend a few days with her. He arrives and stays over… The uncle, Manomohan Mitra, claims to be an anthropologist. He has travelled throughout the world. He claims to have visited the European continent, then the U.S. where he lived with the native Americans. He now claims to be on his way to Australia to stay with the Aborigines.
Anila’s husband is suspicious of the stranger. Driven by his suspicions, the family suspects that he might be an impostor who has come to claim the inheritance. So various kinds of tests are devised to find out the truth. The husband invites a lawyer friend to probe him. Anila’s little son accepts the uncle from the beginning. Anila also gradually comes to accept him, but her husband cannot understand this mysterious visitor. The uncle leaves as unexpectedly as he arrived, leaving some insightful observations…