Padatik (The Guerilla Fighter) is the concluding part of Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta trilogy, which documented the social climate of Bengal in the 1970s.
It was a time when the fires of Marxism blaze up in India’s great eastern city as the Naxalite movement gained momentum.
The 1973 film sees a Naxalite revolutionary played by Dhritiman Chatterjee (pictured right) on the run from the police and hiding out the luxury apartment of a young, beautiful advertising executive played by Simi Garewal.
Padatik, which is in Hindi and Bengali with English subtitles, won Sen and his co-writer Ashish Barmanis a National Award for Best screenplay.
There’s more on Patatik, including a number of photographs from its filming, at Mrinalsen.org, a website set up and run by Sen’s son Kunal, and Kunal’s wife Nisha Ruparel-Sen.