Not just a funny man

Utpal Dutt. The name brings to mind a pot-bellied, bald man in his late fifties or early sixties who laughed funny and had impeccable comic timing. But a nice man nonetheless – whether it’s Bhavani Shankar from Gol Maal or Bhavani Shankar Bajpai from Naram Garam, Dhurandhar […]

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Song of the Little Road Part IV

Ray devised an innovative way to work around Apu’s stiffness and awkward gait. Like much of his journey into making the film, this also is a lesson for wannabe filmmakers: I had learnt a lesson. All my preparations over the years… all these had finally […]

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Song of the Little Road Part III

It’s a well known fact that Ray was a master film maker who was revered, practically  worshipped, in the west – especially Hollywood (list of his admirers include Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, James Ivory, Elia Kazan, Danny Boyle, Wes Anderson…). What’s little known is the […]

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Song of the Little Road Part II

[The following article by me has been published earlier at http://PassionForCinema.com] Satyajit Ray, as a rule, visited the movies every Saturday afternoon. In this he was accompanied by a handful of like-minded ‘film-buffs’ he met and befriended. One of them was Bansi Chandragupta, who was destined […]

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Song of the Little Road: the story of Pather Panchali

[The following article by me has been published earlier at http://PassionForCinema.com] This post is born out of Manjeet’s article wherein he dwells in brief on obstacles faced by the legendary Satyajit Ray in completing Pather Panchali. Well, how this excellent story by Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee made its way onto the celluloid is an engrossing, […]

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