I had already apprehend something about movies of Satyajit Ray, administrator of Indian movies. The aboriginal blur I saw was Pratitwandi (The adversary) in 1971. I was active in an all India job and had the befalling to plan in all the busline cities of India. Wherever I went, I never absent to see Ray movies. It was a affable acquaintance of activity to watch his movies.
This commodity contains the impressions which the films created in me and I achievement that readers will accede with my ascertainment that he is a poet, artisan and a carve a allotment of the blur producers/directors. Aswell a abridgment of anniversary blur has aswell been accustomed so that readers may accept an compassionate of the affair of the blur beneath discussion.
However, a chat of attention is that it requires a faculty of acknowledgment of accomplished arts to adore movies of Ray. One should necessarily be a adept to acknowledge his movies. There are adverse critics aswell for some of his movies that he portrayed the abjection of India abroad. The actuality is that he was adventurous abundant to highlight which added producers were abashed to touch.
Synopses of some of his best movies in the archival adjustment of my examination them are as follows:
1. Pratitwandi- The adversary:
Pratitwandi which agency Antagonist charcoal to be the aboriginal cine of Ray apparent by me. It was a affable Sunday morning; the anteroom which buried the cine was a lot of avant-garde with top chic equipment. The blur Pratitwandi was a new absolution and the book of the blur was actual good. The moment the tiles started active on the screen, I was absorbed in the movie.
The adventure was about an educated, unemployed lad, whose apperception was agee to the aisle of abandon gradually. The year 1971 witnessed a abundant departure of refugees from Bangladesh (Erstwhile East Pakistan) to Calcutta. From South (Andhra Pradesh) a new agitated movement alleged Naxalbari movement founded by Charu Majumdar started overextension and its loyalists were accepted as Naxalites.
Famous biographer Sunil Gangobadhyaya wrote the adventure and Mr Ray portrayed it in an admirable manner.
The hero’s name was Siddhartha. He was a calm and quiet lad admitting his adolescent brother chose the aisle of a naxalite, conjugal to bomb culture.
The capital allotment of the blur was to explain how Siddhartha’s apperception was aswell agee appear abandon because of unemployment. He started absorption abandon in his apperception gradually and assuredly if a mob was apparent atrociously assault a cab disciplinarian amenable for an accident, he abutting them in assault the disciplinarian even afterwards animate the reason.
“Individual Bengali is a poet, but a Bengali army is a agitated mob”, this is a acclaimed adage and it was accepted able-bodied by this scene.
The endure arena was about an interview. Dozens of adolescence were alleged to attend. But there was no basement arrangement, no bubbler baptize and alone suffocation was there. One by one, the candidates started amazement for wish of baptize and air and the hero entered the berth with a bang. In a access of acrimony he threw all the affidavit on the faces of account lath associates and got out of the chamber. Naxalite thoughts were active over his apperception forth with portraits of Naxalite leaders..
‘That is how a naxalite is created’. This was the bulletin of the film…
But the account concluded with absolute note. He did not about-face into a naxalite. He got a baby appointment of a medical adumbrative and he had a sweetheart who afflicted him to be a accustomed youth, abstention the way of violence. There was abode for adulation aswell in his life..
The Impressions: The authoritative touches were accomplished in assorted scenes. One important arena was about the naxalite angry brother. If he was an brat he was clumsy to abide a craven accepting asleep by butcher, but afterwards he acclimated to annihilate atrociously by throwing bombs. What a affecting irony!
I could never overlook the facial announcement of the academy adolescent sitting central the car, watching the abandon with addled eyes, if the car disciplinarian was baffled to afterlife by the mob.
After advancing out of the hall, I was clumsy to go to my residence. The accomplished day, I was abnormality about the city, the capacity of the blur abiding aloft my mind.
No doubt, it is one the best pictures of Indian Cinema.
2. Teen Kanya- Belief of Three girls.
The next blur I saw was Teen Kanya, a adventure of three girls. Three absolute belief of three girls were clubbed into a individual cine and conceivably ability be the aboriginal such attack in India. The names of the three belief are, ‘Post Master, Monihar and Samapti’ respectively. The adventure was by the abundant Artisan Rabindra Nath Tagore. Admitting the blur was produced in 1961, I saw it alone in 1972. It was an old book and images were not clear. Yet I was able to acknowledge the cine because of its affluent contents.
First story: ‘Post Master’ was about a adolescent being acquaint as the column adept in a hamlet. The alone adolescent who was to advice him was a adolescent bead babe child. Gradually acceptable accord blossomed amid them He took claimed absorption to advise her to apprehend and write. Alas, if she started acquirements something, he got a alteration and had to leave.
Impressions: Words could not explain the anguish in the girl’s eyes, if the column Adept larboard the hamlet.
Two scenes are account mentioning. The column adept got astringent fever. If he was abashed to absorb the tablet, the brat affective the book and started chewing on his account to authenticate how simple to absorb a tablet. In addition scene, he had an appointment with abhorrent mad fellow. The accomplished night he was sitting afore him hawkeye out of fear. But, the next morning, if the babe visited him she just shouted ‘go, go’ and the ‘horrible’ absurd ran away.
The additional adventure was about a beautiful, affluent and affiliated adult who had an un-natural afterlife and apparitional a villa. Unfortunately, this allocation was not accessible to view.
The third adventure was about an un-willing adolescent benedict conjugal to an adolescent babe who was not acquainted of conjugal relationships. How she came in appellation with her bedmate and started admiring him was told in a affable manner. This adventure was afterwards produced as a abounding breadth Hindi movie.
3. Pather Panchali- The Roadside Song:
Pather Panchali was the aboriginal blur produced by Ray (in 1955) with the banking abutment of Government of West Bengal. But it took 5 years for me to appearance that blur afterwards I saw aboriginal a Ray film. I could accede that it was an acquaintance of life. The acceptance and awards accustomed to the blur were too little compared to the abundance of the movie.
The aboriginal adventure was accounting by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, a acclaimed Bengali columnist and the cine was by Ray himself. The music was denticulate by Pandit Ravisankar, a acclaimed sitar player.
The adventure revolved about a poor ancestors of 5 from a apple viz: The ancestors head
Harihar, his abandoned sister, wife, babe Durga and son Apu. The blur was about their abjection and yet they acclimated to acquisition amusement in adequate the baby pleasures Nature provided them with. The accouchement absolved kilometres from the apple to watch a affective train. The arena could calmly be compared to the alternation arena of Dr Zhivago.
Mother had the weakness of burglary coconuts from the neighbour’s garden. One day the neighbourhood adult absent her bean chaplet and the accusation fell on the daughter. But she durably refuted the charge. The ancestor larboard the apple and went to an alien boondocks for advancement of his livelihood. The ancestors entered into absolute poverty. The babe Durga absolutely decrepit in rain baptize was acutely attacked with viral agitation and afterwards accepting any medical abatement she was dead. The abode is in absolute ruins.
After some years, the ancestor chose to acknowledgment to the village. He was abashed to see the charcoal of the house. However, he started assuming the valuables, he brought from town. If he was in seek of Durga his wife fell to his anxiety and started crying. He aswell started arrant afterwards realising that his babe was no added alive.
They adjudge to leave the apple for acceptable and started affective in a bullock cart.
The blur concluded with a absolutely affecting scene. If allowance the old vessels. Apu begin the neighbour’s already absent chaplet from a mud pot. For one additional he was perplexed, but the next moment, he threw it into the pond and abutting the bullock cart.
No doubt, the blur abundantly deserves the ‘Best Animal document’ accolade in the Cannes blur anniversary of 1956 and it charcoal to be one of the best films of the world. This is aboriginal of the three films accepted as Apu Trilogy.
4. Charulata, The abandoned wife:
This is the adventure of a adolescent affiliated girl. The abandoned wife was disillusioned with her bedmate who was a workaholic, consistently active with his publishing works, not award time to yield affliction of her. The addled wife got alleviation in the aggregation of brother of her bedmate and fell in adulation with him. Because of the acute adulation and affection, the brother had for his ancient brother, he acclaim alone her adulation and annihilation adverse happened. However, if the bedmate knew about the ambition of his wife, the brace were psychologically separated.
Impressions: The woman watching the innocent brother in law from a beat was a actual accepted arena accepted as ‘the beat scene’ and the change in her apperception from amore to adulation was actual effectively depicted. In India, a sister in law (brother’s wife) is advised agnate to mother. It is actual difficult to portray a woman contrarily which Ray did powerfully.
The adventure was by Rabindranath Tagore and appear to be a absorption of some incidents in his life.
5. Ghare Baire, Home and the world:
It is an adjustment of Rabindranath Tagore’s adventure with the aforementioned appellation which agency Home and the world. It effectively exposes the bogus patriots (swadeshis), who bluff bounded Indians adage that they are angry imperialism and advance bounded economy.
The adventure was about a ample absent abbey who gave absolute abandon to his wife. He arrive his friend, declared to be a ‘Swadeshi’ (Patriotic Indian leader) but absolutely not so. The leader, by his cunning agency won the affection of vicar’s wife who admired to yield allotment in the abandon struggle. If a accepted action with huge abandon (involving bounded Hindu-Muslim population) occurred in the village, the baton fails to face the situation, whereas, the vicar, declared to be a egocentric affluent man, went and met the agitated crowd. There was a complete of abroad gunshot advertence that he sacrificed his life. His wife got disillusioned and it was too late. The cine was in a anamnesis anecdotal from her angle.
Impressions: It requires lot of aggressiveness to address and to portray such an camp adventure advertisement bogus leaders. This blur accustomed aciculate criticism from bounded leaders (Naturally).
The story: A ancestor in law got a appropriate dream that his babe in law was none added than Devi (Durga, The Goddess) and started adherent her. Soon humans in and about the neighbouring villages started cloudburst in to adoration her. If her bedmate alternate from studies, she never accustomed him to blow her back she was abashed of behind the Divine power. However, assuredly he was able to argue her that she was alone a animal and they were able to escape the apple to go to a absent abode and reside a accustomed life.
Impressions: The scenes, if humans were converting her as God embodied and she herself assertive it are account remembering.
7. Ashani shankat (Distant Thunder)
Ashani Shankat is addition cine depicting the 1942 dearth in Bengal taken in the appearance of Pather Panchali. This is a 1973 movie, in colour. It is a able delineation of animal attitude subjected to abjection and hunger.
8. Seemapadha (company Limited).
This film, admitting alone in atramentous and white, is one of the a lot of avant-garde capacity of Ray. It portrayed how an controlling did all the cunning tricks in accepting a coveted promotion. He engineered even an centralized bang by creating bogus fight. He was ruthless, fabricated one of his poor agents accepting physically aching to get a bang angle materialise. Assuredly he got the advance by angle and crook.
But in this process, he absent the abundant account and acknowledgment his adolescent and admirable sister in law had for him who was disillusioned with her brother in law that he would stoop down to any akin to get his promotion. A astute access indeed!
9. Jalsa Ghar (merriment room)
The story: Jalsa Ghar agency a abode or a anteroom aloof for merriment. The adventure revolves about a Zamindar (landlord, vicar) who absent all his abundance in absolute India to be taken over by the Government. Unfortunately he absent his alone son aswell in a address wreck. What he retained was alone his deluxe architecture and a affectionate assistant and lived alone in the accomplished spending a lot of of the time in the abandoned Jalsa Ghar in the alcazar which was a abiding admonition of his hay days.
But, a acquaintance of him, who was a mediocre, became a millionaire by political access and accepting huge contracts. He arrive the abbey aswell to accompany him in the business to excellent money but he durably banned because his accomplished prestige. The account apparent by the acquaintance bargain day by day and assuredly he banned even to recognise his presence.
Enraged by this, the acreage aristocrat ordered his assistant to advertise his claimed belongings, clean the Jalsa Ghar and ordered to accept a brawl day at atomic already to bless the accomplished memoirs. On that day, absolutely drunk, he collection the horse to bank side, absent ascendancy and fell down to death.
The assistant took a bead of his claret from his forehead and cries “Khoon” acceptation that ‘finally the claret is aforementioned red for all’.
Impressions: The account actual effectively portrayed the animosity and affections of a baron who absent his ability and lived in accomplished glory, ingratitude of the Government, the cunning agency of politicians, and assuredly the adverse end of a adjudicator who admired to accept his accomplished celebrity at atomic for a individual day and to accept his Swan song. To some admeasurement it portrayed the bearings prevailing in column Absolute India wherein ex-rulers were befuddled into mud and Neo-politicians took their position by agee means.
The adventure was by Sri Tarashankar Bandopadhyay and the advance role was effectively played by Chabhi Biswas.
I was able to recognise the animosity of the adjudicator and affections and my ardent sympathies went with him.
This blur charcoal to be my a lot of admired cine of Ray.:
I accept recorded my impressions of 9 movies produced and directed by Mr Ray. There are some added films which afflicted me actual much. Some of them are:
Shatranj Ke kiladi (Chess players) the alone Hindi movie,
Nayak (The Hero),
Aranyer Din Rat (Day and night in a forest) with archetypal Ray touch.
Kanchan Junga (A Himalayan Peak)
Since they accept capacity of fantasy, they were not recorded here.
Now I will almanac the accolade I paid him. I accept never abounding the burial of any political baton nor blur personality admitting there were several deaths in places area I lived. But I bankrupt the aphorism and in 1992, if Ray breathed his last, in Calcutta I went to the abode area his physique was kept, waited in the chain for hours and paid my endure respects.
This is the greatest accolade a accepted man like me would be able to pay to an artisan whom he admired most.