Ek Doctor Ki Maut (Hindi: एक डॉकटर की मौत, English: Death of a Doctor) is a 1990 award winning film by noted Bangali director 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 a story "Abhimanyu" by Ramapada Choudhury. This movie is loosely based on the life of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, an Indian Physician who pioneered the IVF treatment just around the same time when another leading scientist Dr. Robert Edwards was conducting separate experiments in England.
After years of painstaking research at the cost of his personal life, Dr. Dipankar Roy (Pankaj Kapoor) 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 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.
Pankaj Kapoor as Dr. Dipankar Roy
Shabana Azmi as Seema
Anil Chatterjee as Dr. Kundu
Irfan Khan as Amulya
Vijayendra Ghatge as Dr. Arijit
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, India
1990 National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film
1990 National Film Award for Best Direction: Tapan Sinha
1990 National Film Award - Special Jury Award: Pankaj Kapoor (Dr. Dipankar Roy).