Tanqeed Film Festival: Ek Doctor Ki Maut

Check out the movie Ek Doctor Ki Maut starring Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi and Irfan Khan. The movie is based on a true story. Had seen the movie many years ago and liked the movie and Pankaj Kapur’s performance a lot back then.

According to Wikipedia the movie won the folowing awards.

1991 National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film
1991 National Film Award for Best Direction: Tapan Sinha
1991 National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Pankaj Kapoor (Dr. Dipankar Roy).
1992 Filmfare Best Screenplay Award: Tapan Sinha.

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    cr7 8 years ago

    heard a lot about this movie.. i find the title really intersting . will see it asap

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    Ritz 8 years ago

    Liked the movie very much. Thanks for posting. Very good quality print.

    Highlights of the movie for me were –

    clashes with wife are well written/directed.

    Loved Pankaj Kapur’s acting when he breaks down in company of his wife (1:38) and the whole sequence by the beach and the dialogues.
    And then when Shabana breaks down in doc’s friends home (1:48)

    Loved the dialogue of Irfan Khan “akhbaar advertisements ke bina nahi chalta…lekin mai chalta hoon” (1:31)

    Pankaj Kapoor singing at 28:30 was good – later at 0:50 a senior doctor says “he sings also” (suna hai wo gaata bhi hai) – old times….when singing and dancing etc were criticized/looked down upon in society.

    What didnt work for me:

    The British actress at the end doesnt seem to be an actress at all.

    His issues with governement officers is not developed properly. He seems to be pissed off in the scenes with them without any reason this cud have been well directed/written.

    The editing cud have been better at some points.

    One minor issue – The film is set in Bengal/Kolkatta – many doctors conversation is seems to be dubbed by another artists voice not by the original actors. Lip sync tells it.

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      Reddemon 8 years ago

      The British actor had very small role and you can excuse her 😉

      The issues were nicely described. I think u need to rewatch it. Dipankar said that his medicine can cure the infertility of women. That is where the Gynaecologists jumped up and tried to suppress his invention because they thought Dipankar was intervene in their business.

      Didnt noticed the lip sync issue.

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    sputnik 8 years ago


    Glad you liked it.


    Do watch the movie and tell whether you liked it.

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    The movie is based on the life of Subhash Mukhopadhyay.

    ‘Subhash Mukhopadhyay (Bengali: সুভাষ মুখোপাধ্যায় Shubhash Mukhopaddhae) (January 16, 1931 – June 19, 1981) was a physician from Kolkata, India, who created the world’s second and India’s first child using in-vitro fertilisation, Durga who was born 67 days after the first IVF baby in United Kingdom. Unfortunately, he was harassed by the West Bengal government, and not allowed to share his achievements with the international scientific community. Dejected, he committed suicide on June 19, 1981.’

    ‘He created history when he became the first physician in India (and second in the world after British physicians Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards) to perform the In vitro fertilization resulting in a test tube baby “Durga” (alias Kanupriya Agarwal) on October 3, 1978.[4][5]

    Facing social ostracization, bureaucratic negligence, reprimand and insult instead of recognition from the West Bengal government,[6] and refusal of the Government of India to allow him to attend international conferences,[6] he committed suicide in his Calcutta residence on 19 June 1981.[2][6]

    His feat has been given belated recognition as the Indian physician who in 1986 was officially regarded as being the first doctor to perform in-vitro fertilization in India.

    His recognition is attributable to TC Anand Kumar who is credited to be the mastermind behind India’s second (officially the first) test-tube baby. Kumar took the crown off his own head after reviewing Subhash Mukhopadhyay’s personal notes. He was ably helped by Sunit Mukherji, who was a one-time colleague of Mukhopadhyay. Kumar is currently active in setting up a research institute in reproductive biology in memory of Mukhopadhyay.

    A film Ek doctor ki maut directed by Tapan Sinha was made on his life.[2]’



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    Serenzy 8 years ago

    This Movie was in Milind’s Top100

    I am Really looking forward to Watch it in Next 2-3Years.

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    Reddemon 8 years ago

    Watched this movie last year and needless to say its brilliant. I still remember every bit of this movie.
    The relationship b/w PK and Shabana Azmi and how it changes later is the best part of the movie.
    Pankaj kapoor owned the role of Dipankar Roy (he does dat in every movie :smile:). No doubt he is at wrong place (bollywood), forget about getting the respech of Brando level (which he rightfully deserves) people dont even know him 🙁

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      sputnik 8 years ago

      Yes Pankaj Kapoor was brilliant in this movie.

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