Ray: Who took a leap of faith!

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Today, the world know the man’s brilliance for his debut direction in ‘Pather Panchali’ which brought Indian Cinema into the global limelight.

Have you ever see Man on Mission? If we were ever to classify Indian cinema, it would always be divided into two parts. The pre and post Satyajit Ray era.
He was someone, who was a silver lining in a cloudy sky. Not only a prolific director, an author, illustrator, filmmaker, artist, calligrapher, costume designer and a cinematographer.
Born into a family of creative minds, associated with art and literature, things were different at Ray’s home. As a young genious, Ray started his career in an advertising agency and later on presented the world something unimaginable.

Today, the world know the man’s brilliance for his debut direction in ‘Pather Panchali’ which brought Indian Cinema into the global limelight. His imagination was set for the future which was quite representable. Keeping an Anthropomorphized robotic housekeeper to Dancing Ghosts in ‘Goopi Gyen Bagha Byen’ waa a masterclass. His imagination had no limit and we fell in love with that imagination again and again. His detailing in every film can make anyone re-watch it. Here are some ‘un usual facts’ about Ray:

  1. Started his career as a commercial artist.
  2. After meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica’s Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves (1948) during a visit to London, he was drawn to Filmmaking.
  3. He directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts.
  4. A filmmaker, screenwriter, lyricist, graphic designer, and calligrapher, Ray was a master of all.
  5. Kanchenjunga was the film which was based on Ray’s life.
  6. Before he became a filmmaker, Ray founded Calcutta’s first film club in 1947.

We salute the legend for his simplicity and brilliance. Let’s wish Manik da a ‘Happy Birthday’ on his Birth anniversary.

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