Film and Satyajit Ray are two sides of a coin. This legendary filmmaker has made a total of 37 films, including short and feature films and documentaries. Besides films, Ray has practiced a wide range of professions throughout his life, including screenwriting, casting, composition of soundtracks, filming, art direction, design and production of his own credits and promotional posters. Apart from cinemas, he was a writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer, and film critic. It can be said; he was an all in all personality.
He has received India’s National Film Awards for 32 times in his four decades of career. In addition to Golden Lion, Golden Bear, Silver Bear, he won the prestigious Academy Award in 1992. Satyajit Ray was honored with Bharat Ratna Award in the same year. He is still considered to be a wonder of the film industry for his skill and perfect work in film. Let`s discuss about some of Ray`s works to pay tribute on his 27th death anniversary.
Ray`s first film, Pather Panchali (Song of the Road), is avowedly one of the best films in Indian film history. Kanu Banerjee portrayed the role of Durga and Apu`s father and Uma Dasgupta portrayed his elder sister`s role. The film funded by West Bengal government profoundly portrayed the hard and rugged life of rural Bengal. This film won eleven international awards, including the Human Document Award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
Ray`s directed Charulata or `The lonely wife` was taken from Rabindranath Tagore`s story Nastanirh (The broken Nest). Actress Madhabi Mukherjee acted in the lead role. The movie revolves around a childless, intelligent, and beautiful Charulata and highlights her advancement surpassing social barriers. Shortly after the release, `Charulata` won the National Film Award for Best Director and Best Picture categories. It is still considered one of the greatest films ever made.
Shatranj Ke Khilari
The first Hindi film directed by Satyajit Ray. The film was based on Munshi Premchand`s short story. Setting in 1856, the film portrays the daily life of two wealthy men who are devoted to chess and the tension between Indian rulers of Awadh and East India Company. The film starred noted actors like Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Richard Attenborough, David Abraham, Victor Banerjee and Tom Alter, and Amitabh Bachchan was the narrator. The film was sent from India for the Oscars but was not nominated for the award.
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