On Satyajit Ray 99th birth anniversary, Madhur Bhandarkar, Parambrata Chatterjee remember the filmmaker

A man of many talents, Satyajit Ray is considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Ray, who was born on 2 May, 1921, would become the first Indian filmmaker to be awarded an honorary Oscar for his contribution to the world of cinema on 30 March, 1992. He breathed his last on 23 April, 1992.

He was the man behind classics such as Pather Panchali, Devi, Charulata, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, and Shatranj Ke Khilari among others. One of Ray’s biggest inspirations that prompted him to enter film-making was Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves). Writing for the Calcutta Film Society, Ray had said Bicycle Thieves “creates a norm which few films aspire to, let alone attain.”

On the filmmaker’s 99th birth anniversary, a number of well-known personalities posted messages on Twitter remembering him.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote, “Fondly remembering Satyajit Ray, legendary filmmaker, on his birth anniversary …Maharaja Tomare Selam.”

Director Madhur Bhandarkar posted a message on Ray’s birth anniversary, remembering him as the “Renaissance Man of India.”

Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik shared the image of a ‘SandArt’ from Cannes Film Festival 2014 as his tribute to Ray.

“Maestro, it’s that day again, when we thank you for being born,for giving us so much, & not just the films! The music, the literature, the ethos, the legacy… Happy Birthday, #SatyajitRay,” wrote Kahaani fame actor Parambrata Chatterjee.

Maharashtra Information Centre’s official Twitter account paid tribute to Ray through a short clip that had snippets from Ray’s life. They wrote that the director “maintained that the best technique of filmmaking was the one that was not noticeable.”

Kolkata Police too paid homage to Ray on his birth anniversary in an innovative manner. The official Twitter handle of Kolkata Police shared a clip from a song sequence from Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne where they changed the lyrics of the song to one that aims to create awareness on the importance of self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated Date: May 02, 2020 12:27:28 IST



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