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Friday, May 29, 2020

Satyajit Ray


Martin Scorsese writes: ‘Satyajit Ray’s artistry, filmmaking took my breath away’

May 24, 2020 11:21 am

Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese writes about the intimate image of India that Satyajit Ray’s films presented to the world

Satyajit Ray’s actors remember his genius

May 24, 2020 11:23 am

From his innate understanding of his cast’s abilities to his mastery over all aspects of cinema, actors on what made the filmmaker one of the greatest of all time

'Ray's women had agency. He wanted to capture the half shades, the hardly audible notes in them'

May 24, 2020 11:26 am

As the celebrations for Satyajit Ray’s centenary year begin, contemporaries remember the breadth of the auteur’s genius. First up, actor Sharmila Tagore writes a tribute to the women in his films — feminists with the right to choice, sexual and intellectual freedom in a patriarchal world

Ray was possessive of me, like a father is of his son: Soumitra Chatterjee

May 26, 2020 9:23 pm

Soumitra Chatterjee, 85, has worked with Satyajit Ray in 14 feature films and two shorts. This is considered to be one of the most enduring artistic collaborations in the history of contemporary cinema. In his six decade long career, Chatterjee has worked with several other renowned directors including Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen. However, it's Ray who has played an important part in shaping the legendary actor's sense and sensibilities.

Kishore Kumar's letter to Satyajit Ray is the latest find in filmmaker's closet

May 06, 2020 12:03 pm

Apart from Kishore Kumar's letter, Satyajit Ray's son and filmmaker Sandip Ray unearthed unseen negatives from the sets of the auteur's films, and letters from stalwarts such as Akira Kurosawa and Richard Attenborough.

Satyajit Ray at 99: An extract from The Final Adventures of Professor Shonku

May 02, 2020 3:10 pm

"Ever since my days as a student, when I’d read H.G. Wells’s amazing book, The Time Machine, I’ve nursed this great aspiration to invent such a machine myself. The desire is no longer confined to wishful thinking alone."

Nemai Ghosh passes away: Some books to remember him by

March 25, 2020 7:10 pm

Satyajit Ray and Nemai Ghosh had worked together in one of Ray's earlier films, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and it led to a friendship that continued behind the camera as well.

Photography veteran Nemai Ghosh dies at 86

March 25, 2020 4:40 pm

Nemai Ghosh was most known for working with Satyajit Ray as a still photographer who captured the master craftsman in different moods at sets besides framing actors as they faced camera for over two decades.

Great Storytellers for Kids: Sukumar Ray, the king of Indian nonsense

March 19, 2020 5:48 pm

If you ever wondered why so many children’s book illustrators hail from Bengal, maybe the trailblazing Rays provide the answer!

Mumbai International Film Festival: Festival to celebrate birth centenary of Satyajit Ray

January 25, 2020 3:43 am

The biannual festival, which will kickstart at Nehru Centre Auditorium, Worli and continue at four other venues till February 3, will screen documentaries directed by Ray, including Pikoo, Sukumar Ray and The Inner Eye.


The eye of a genius: The cinematic universe of Satyajit Ray

May 24, 2020 1:35 pm

Satyajit Ray was a quintessential humanist who used the camera with empathy to tell stories. Stories that capture the beauty and severity of life in rural Bengal, decaying feudalism, the struggles and aspirations of the Bengali middle class and its conflict with dogmatic religion. His films told stories in ways that only a humanist of his stature could.

A pictorial tribute to Satyajit Ray on his 98th birth anniversary

May 03, 2019 6:48 am

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Satyajit Ray an Honorary Academy Award in 1992.

Satyajit Ray's 26th death anniversary: A pictorial tribute to the legendary filmmaker

April 23, 2018 6:55 pm

April 23 marks the 26th death anniversary of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray: the filmmaker who not only played a major role in placing India on the global cinematic map but his works continue to inspire a number of acclaimed filmmakers even today. Here's a pictorial tribute to the filmmaker.

10 must watch films that were submitted to Oscars by India

September 25, 2017 1:53 pm

Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' is India's latest entry to Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The trend was started in independent India in 1957 with Mehboob Khan directorial 'Mother India'. Over the years, there have been only three films that have actually made to the final Oscar nominations list. Scroll through for a list of top movies that were submitted to Oscars by India.