“The director is the only person who knows what the film is all about” – Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was an ace Bollywood film director; a great man from India who made the world go bananas over his creations. He is among those dozen creators of cinema that exactly knew what they wanted was to promote stories of human interest. He was a Bengali filmmaker who made movies in the same language and the depictions of the movies were mostly about – relationships, life, struggle, joys, sadness, the human race. All the tales that were of true human interest and their daily life activities were his prime concern.
He was initially inspired by the neo-realistic tradition and his cinema was an example of the same category, it was mostly storytelling that creates an impact on the audience in some way or the other. This genre is also known as meta-genre including the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin, David Lean, Federico Fellini, Fritz Lang, John Ford, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir, Luis Bunuel, Yasujiro Ozu, Ritwik Ghatak, and Robert Bresson. They are all the ones who created cinema in different styles even then making it timeless, eternal and universal.
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The cinematic frames of Satyajit Ray are popular for being literary rich as well as to have an amazing screen presence of the story’s backdrop; he tried using simple narrations, keeping intact the classical format of filmmaking.
His first film, Pather Panchali from the year 1955, proclaimed his reputation as one of the major film directors making him win numerous awards that include the Best Human Document, Cannes – 1956 and Best Film, Vancouver, 1958. His other creations like Charulata, Nayak, Devi, Ganashatru, Ghare Baire, Shatranj Ke Khiladi are some of the greatest examples of his masterpiece creations and are not like the trending Hindi movies.
He was the direct controller of his film, from writing screenplays to managing director and even music direction was under his guided supervision. Designing of sets, costumes, camera placements was all under his frame of work.
His greatness in work was accoladed in the year 1978 when he was ranked as one of the three all-time best directors in the Berlin Film Festival.