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Remembering The Legacy of Satyajit Ray

by Naman Seth

Many well-known celebrities and internet users paid tribute to Satyajit Ray and his work on the occasion of his 99th birthday. He was the first Indian director to get an honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the film industry. 

 

 

 

He was born on May 2, 1921, in a Bengali family of litterateurs, and is widely regarded as the man who permanently transformed the face of Indian film. His way to dealing with his issues and deft portrayal of individuals won him a place among the world’s finest filmmakers. Ray died April 23, 1992 at the age of 71 .

 

 

 

Ray began his career as a commercial artist, but after meeting French director Jean Renoir and seeing Vittorio De Sica’s Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves (1948) on a visit to London, he was pulled into independent filmmaking. 

 

 

 

He was the director of 36 films, including feature films, documentaries, and short films. He worked as a fiction writer, publisher, artist, calligrapher, musician, graphic designer, and cinema critic, among other things.

 

 

 

Ray suffered a heart attack in 1983 while working on Ghare Baire, which would significantly curtail his production for the next 9 years. Because of Ray’s health, Ghare Baire was completed in 1984 with the aid of his son (who thereafter handled the camera).

 

 

 Despite some tough sections caused by Ray’s sickness, the picture received positive reviews. It included the first kiss in Ray’s films that was completely depicted.

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He received an Honorary Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1992. Ray is the first and only Indian to earn the award thus far. Ray collected the prize in a severely sick state twenty-four days before his death, calling it the “Best achievement of his movie-making career.”

 

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