Satyajit Ray

  • Satyajit Ray-inspired film 'Asha Jaoar Majhe' leads the Indian line-up at London Film Festival September 4, 2014

    London: A Satyajit Ray inspired film set in Kolkata and a true-story of a girl with cerebral palsy lead the Indian line-up at this year's London Film Festival. The British Film Institute's (BFI) annual film fiesta, to be held between October 8 and 19 across London's most iconic cinemas, revealed...
  • Veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee says Siddharta and Byomkesh reflect same spirit May 11, 2014

    Kolkata: The two films may have been shot over 40 years apart, but veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee says both his characters in Satyajit Ray's 'Pratidwandi' and Saibal Mitra's 'Sajarur Kanta' reflect the same spirit of contemporary urban Bengali middle class. Dhritiman essayed the role of Siddharta, a youth in search of...
  • Naseeruddin Shah says he regrets not having worked with Satyajit Ray May 4, 2014

    Kolkata: Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has revealed that his lifetime regret remains not having worked with acclaimed filmmaker Satyajit Ray, who had appreciated his performance in Ketan Mehta's 'Mirch Masala'. Naseeruddin, who plays a butcher in upcoming Bengali film 'Khasi Katha', says, "So many times I had wished to write a...
  • Remembering filmmaker Satyajit Ray on his 93rd birthday May 2, 2014

    Today is the birth anniversary of the late Satyajit Ray. He would have been 93 today. ...
  • Satyajit Ray's 93rd birth anniversary: Calligraphy, costume designing, singing; the other talents of the genius May 2, 2014

    More than two decades after his death, India and especially Bengal still celebrates the work of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The man who put Indian cinema on the international map continues to inspire new age filmmakers, both in India and abroad with his awe inspiring craft. But the filmmaker's talent...
  • Watch: Satyajit Ray seen receiving Lifetime Achievement Oscar in bed from Audrey Hepburn May 2, 2014

    On the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's 93rd birthday anniversary we bring you the video which shows him receiving Honorary Oscar in 1992 for Lifetime Achievement. Since Ray was unable to attend the ceremony because of his illness, he gave his acceptance speech as he lay on the hospital bed to...
  • Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's plan to make a film on Pandit Ravi Shankar remained unfulfilled April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: They were great friends and went on to work on four projects but Satyajit Ray's plan to make a short film on his musician friend Ravi Shankar remained a wish unfulfilled. Shankar gave music to four of Ray's classics, beginning with his greatest and the first 'Pather Panchali', 'Aparajito',...
  • Satyajit Ray's 1963 classic 'Mahanagar' to be re-released on April 18 April 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Satyajit Ray's 1963 classic Mahanagar - a sensitive portrayal of a housewife who challenges her traditionalist family by getting a job - has been digitally restored and is set to be re-released after 50 years. The film, starring Madhabi Mukherjee in the lead, charts the emerging class of women...
  • Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan are loved internationally: Amitabh Bachchan April 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has travelled the world, meeting cinema icons from all over. He feels happy at the growing reach of Indian movies and says younger stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan deserve the credit for realising their potential globally and pushing it in...
  • Waheeda Rehman: My private life should remain private April 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Satyajit Ray had first thought of adapting R K Narayan's "Guide" into a film with Waheeda Rehman in the lead but destiny had other ideas as Vijay Anand went on to make the movie, considered to be among the classics, says a new book on the veteran actress....
  • 'Apur Panchali' has elements of Ray trilogy: Kaushik Ganguly April 12, 2014

    Kolkata: Dubbing 'Apur Panchali' as a collage of Satyajit Ray trilogy 'Pather Panchali', 'Apur Sansar' and 'Aparajito', director Kaushik Ganguly says he has gone further by chronicling the life of the child actor. "'Apur Panchali' is inspired by the life of child Apu - Subir Bandyopadhyay who went into...
  • The inventions of Professor Shonku: It's time someone invented the coffee pill February 15, 2014

    Among all the characters scripted by author and director Satyajit Ray, none is as loved as elderly scientist Professor Shonku. The Bengali science fiction hero, whose real name is Trilokeshwar Shonku, is an inventor by profession. Professor Shonku is a resident of Giridih, has a male-servant named Prahllad and a cat...
  • We owe him everything: Sharmila, Soumitra on Satyajit Ray January 29, 2014

    Kolkata: Fondly reminiscing their relationship with their 'mentor' and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, veteran actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore Tuesday expressed awe that every time they watch his films, there's always something new to learn. Privileged to have worked with the master in the early phases of their career, Chatterjee...
  • 'Thackeray Mansion' is a celebration of past and present January 29, 2014

    Mani Sankar Mukherji, or Sankar, as he is better known, is a very popular Bengali writer, with a number of titles to his credit, two of which were converted into movies by the renowned film-maker, Satyajit Ray. Sankar's sequel to Chowringhee is 'Thackeray Mansion', which is the third book based...
  • Suchitra Sen (1931 - 2014): Forever young January 17, 2014

    And the other half passes away. It was 2009, College Street in Kolkata. I was searching for old Bengali magazines from the 60s and the 70s, while researching for my book, 'Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen - Bengali Cinema's First Couple'. I asked a magazine vendor, "Dada Suchitra Sen er...
  • Remembering Farooq Sheikh: Watch 5 of his memorable films December 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh died of a sudden cardiac arrest in Dubai late on Friday. Born on March 25, 1948, Sheikh started his Bollywood career in 1973 with the classic 'Garm Hava' and later excelled in both parallel and mainstream cinema. Over the years, he became known for his...
  • Satyajit Ray's 'Sonar Kella' to be recreated in Kolkata December 18, 2013

    Kolkata: Jaisalmer Fort, which featured in Satyajit Ray's film as 'Sonar Kella' (the golden fort), would be recreated at the Salt Lake stadium here in a cultural festival. "The helipad ground in Salt Lake stadium will be decorated in such a way that it would look like 'Sonar Kella'. The ground...
  • I hope to work with some great Bengali directors: Kareena November 19, 2013

    Kolkata: Keen to follow the footsteps of her mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore, actress Kareena Kapoor wants to work in Bengali film industry. "Satyajit Ray was one such director with whom my mother-in-law had the opportunity to work in so many films. I also hope to be able to work with some...
  • International Children's Film Fest begins in Hyderabad November 14, 2013

    Hyderabad: Promising to be a rich ensemble of films from across the globe, the 18th International Children's Film Festival of India (ICFFI) would get underway here. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy would inaugurate the week-long event in the presence of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari, veteran...
  • TV serials have brought down India's cultural level: Adoor Gopalakrishnan November 13, 2013

    Kolkata: Advising young filmmakers to develop their own style and imbibe a lot from music, theatre and reading, Malayalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan Tuesday criticised Indian television for having 'brought down the cultural level of the country'. Speaking to reporters at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) that began Sunday, the...
  • Filmmakers can't ignore Durga puja: Mahesh Bhatt October 12, 2013

    Kolkata: Describing Durga Puja as one enchanting background for films, director Mahesh Bhatt terms Ray classic Devi as one unforgettable film he will never leave behind. "I remember one film. Satyajit Ray's 'Devi' which has Durga Puja as background. It was captivating," the 'Saaransh' maker told PTI after inaugurating the...
  • Uttam Kumar: The most cherished yet unsung hero of Bengali cinema September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Uttam Kumar was born on September 3, 1926 as Arun Kumar Chatterjee but was probably destined to be the Mahanayak. The kind of following he enjoyed in Bengal and Bangladesh till his last day (July 24, 1980), was unthinkable for many of his contemporaries in Bengali cinema. In...
  • 50 years of Ray's 'Mahanagar': How relevant is it today? August 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Thanks to various scholarly researches and internet, Satyajit Ray continues to escalate the ladder of respect. The younger generation might not have seen many of his films but they don't dare to criticise Ray's films just for the sake of criticising. It has probably happened in last fifteen...
  • Oscar Academy to screen Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy August 16, 2013

    New Delhi: To celebrate the restoration of 19 Satyajit Ray films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen new prints of the filmmaker's renowned 'Apu Trilogy' next month in the US. The two-evening screening series kicks off with a double feature of 1955's 'Pather Panchali' and 1956's...
  • Pranji deserved a more hefty send-off: Shatrughan Sinha July 15, 2013

    Mumbai: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha was dismayed to see the poor turn-out at the funeral of legendary actor Pran, the Bollywood villain audiences loved to hate. "I saw very few people from the film industry. A man who gave 70 years of his life to the film industry deserved a much more...
  • I wrote to Satyajit Ray that I would love to work with him: Vidya July 14, 2013

    Kolkata: Desperate to act in films since her childhood days, Bollywood star Vidya Balan had once written to legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray requesting him for a role. "He was not keeping well then. I wrote to him saying please get well soon and I would love to work with you...
  • Leading a disciplined life is key to fitness: Soumitra May 5, 2013

    Kolkata: Refusing to commit if he considered the present trend of Bengali film industry as a real turn-around, Ray's favourite actor, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee today said but he believed in keeping himself busy in all the genres of flicks. Averse to tag a label like turnaround or buyoancy to the current spate...
  • Satyajit Ray: The unparalleled genius May 3, 2013

    Delhi will witness a retrospective on Satyajit Ray at the film festival which will also showcase an eclectic mix of old classics, and contemporary films such as Gangs Of Wasseypur 1 and 2 and the much awaited 'Bombay Talkies'. ...
  • Satyajit Ray's 92nd birthday: Maverick director's best films May 2, 2013

    Satyajit Ray was born on May 2, 1921. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of his time. ...