100th anniversary of the classic of Indian cinema

May 2 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of perhaps the greatest Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

Satyajit Ray during an interview with French documentary filmmaker Pierre Andre Boutang, 1989.

Satyajit Ray was born on 2 May 1921 in Calcutta, the son of Sukumar and Suprabha Ray, a family of poor but very rich ancestry dating back to the Mughals. Satyajit was barely three years old when his father died. Suprabha Ray, living a semi-impoverished existence without her husband, nevertheless found the means to provide her son with a decent education, first at a high school in Calcutta, then at the Presidential College, where Satyajit received a bachelor's degree in economics, and then at the Visva-Bharati University, founded by Rabindranath Tagore.

Ôporajito অপরাজিত) (The Unvanquished). 1957. Movie's Rating - 9,419; 88th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

His education allowed Satyajit, a 22-year-old boy from a poor Indian family, to get a job at a prestigious British advertising agency. Satyajit soon joined Signet Press, where he was responsible for creating illustrations and decorating the covers of published books. There into his hands fell the book of the classic of Bengali literature Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay "Pather Panchali (Song of the Road)". After reading the book, Ray got excited about the idea of ​​filming this novel. But it took about 10 years for this dream to come true. At the age of 26, Satyajit Ray, together with like-minded friends, founded the Calcutta Film Society, whose members had the opportunity to get acquainted with the novelties and masterpieces of world cinema, as well as organize meetings with the most prominent masters of world cinema. Working in this cinema club allowed Satyajit to find like-minded people to realize his dream.

Pather Panchali ডিভিডি কাভার (Song of the Little Road). 1955. Movie's Rating - 8,997; 166th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

For several years Ray was preparing for filming, looking for funding. Finally, in 1952, with financial support from the West Bengal government, Satyajit Ray was able to begin filming. On August 26, 1955, the film "Pather Panchali ডিভিডি কাভার (Song of the Little Road)" was released on the screens of Indian cinemas, making a splash. And in May 1956 it was presented at the Cannes International Film Festival. Satyajit Ray's debut film did not receive the Palme d'Or, but won the award for Best Human Document of the Year.

Charulata চারুলতা. 1964. Movie's Rating - 8,838; 206th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

The creativity of Satyajit Ray was extremely diverse and versatile. In addition to purely cinematic activities, he was a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, composer, graphic designer. But for us, he is primarily a filmmaker. Moreover, we take into account only the full-length feature films created by him. And there are 29 such in his filmography. Five of them entered the Golden Thousand. Based on this indicator, Satyajit Ray is included in the list of the 100 greatest directors in world cinema, compiled by FilmGourmand. Akira Kurosawa appreciated the work of Satyajit Ray: "To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without ever having seen the moon and the sun.».

Apur Sansar অপুর সংসার (The World of Apu). 1959. Movie's Rating - 8,603; 277th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

As usual, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Master, we want to remind fans of his work frames from his best films included in the Golden Thousand.

Jalsaghar জলসাঘর (The Music Room). 1958. Movie's Rating - 7,934; 819th Rank in the Golden Thousand.