Ek Doctor Ki Maut is one of best made social movies in India. The film is remembered not only for its relevant and thought provoking storyline but also for its sterling performances by the star cast. Ek Doctor Ki Maut has carved a niche for itself in the mind of the cine goers in India.
The award winning film Ek Doctor Ki Maut was directed by well known Bengali director Tapan Sinha. This movie highlights the social ostracization of a conscientious doctor by his adversaries who envied his achievement in discovering a rare vaccine. Instead of recognition he is reprimanded and his achievements are ignored and belittled. Based on the story "Abhimanyu" by Ramapada Choudhury, the director dedicated the movie to the suicide of a young scientist in the city of Delhi.
The cast in the film included Pankaj Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Irfan Khan, Deepa Sahi and Vijayendra Ghatge.
Dr. Dipankar Roy performed by Pankaj Kapoor carries out a painstaking and time consuming research at the cost of his personal life. His relentless efforts pay off when he finally discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and makes headlines the next day. The rare achievement of this junior doctor receives international recognition. He becomes a household name.
Dr. Dipankar Roy soon becomes a victim of professional jealousy. Instead of shielding him against the machinations of his colleagues the bureaucracy gangs up with them to conspire against Dr. Roy. The Secretary of Health reprimands him for breaking the news to the press. He is asked to report to the Director of Health. Consumed with enemy his rivals leave no stone unturned to humiliate him. Professional colleagues Dr. Arijit Sen and Dr. Ramananda invite him to a lecture but refuse to call him to speak.
More such insults have its effect on him. He suffers a mild heart attack. His wife played by Shabana Azmi and a few others like Dr. Kundu performed by Irfan Khan stand by Dr. Roy. But there is no end to the harassment. A letter of acknowledgement from an American foundation is suppressed and Dr. Roy is transferred to a remote village. The film ends with the news of two American doctors receiving credit for discovering the same vaccine.
Film critics and writers greatly applauded the film. The film went on to win several awards which included the national film award for best direction and the national special jury award for the best actor to Pankaj Kapoor.
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