The well-known Bengali actor Dhritiman Chatterjee inaugurated a retrospective of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray at the 51st edition of IFFI in Goa on the second day of the film festival.
Dhritiman Chatterjee began his film career in 1970 as the protagonist of Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pratidwandi’.
IFFI will showcase following five films of Satyajit Ray as part of this tribute:
- Charulata (1964) – The critically acclaimed film is based on Rabindranth Tagore’s classic work and tells the story of a lonely young wife.
- Ghare Baire (1984) – The film is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of Bengal’s partition in which the female protagonist is caught between the two opposing ideologies.
- PatherPanchali (1955) – The first in the Apu trilogy, the film is a poignant tale of childhood based on a novel written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
- Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) – Adapted from Premchand’s short story, the film is set on the eve of the 1857 war of Independence.
- Sonar Kella (1974) – This national film award winner is one of the earliest adventures of Ray’s detective Feluda.
Speaking during the occasion, Chatterjee called Ray’s cinema as timeless, relevant and contemporary. He pointed out that Ray was the master of all the crafts associated with film making. Chatterjee highlighted eminent filmmaker’s simplicity in making economical but world class films. He commended Ray’s humanism, and the ability to look at any human situation with sympathy and without any form of condemnation.