A Ray of light

Watched “Sonar Kella” (The Golden Fortress) by Satyajit Ray for the nth (n>300) time last night. Such fabulous storytelling technique (check the montage i.e. the portrayal of many parallel events at the same time), such melodious music, such dialogues (if you don’t understand Bengali then you miss half the fun) and characterization.  For those of you who have not tried Ray yet, please take a look at either youtube or download the movie and watch! The most talented filmmaker of my country was also a fiction writer, a publisher, a graphic artist (you can take a look here –  http://www.satyajitrayworld.com/raysversatility/artist.aspx), a musician and a film critic too. His art was so pop and I see a lot of influence of another master Toulouse Lautrec (his posters to be more specific) in his artworks.

This movie Sonar Kella captured the true spirit of Rajasthan (can be an excellent tool to promote the fascinating state in India). It’s about the fancy turbans, camels, forts and a lot of sand. The protagonist of this sleuth story is Feluda (I am sure this name is inspired by Ray’s favorite filmmaker Frederico Fellini). He along with his satellite Topshe and an unforgettable detective storywriter (the best comic relief example) forms a very efficient team to solve the mysteries.

Ray won the Palme d’Or at Cannes (best foreign language film and that was his debut film btw) and an Oscar too for lifetime achievement apart from many other awards. All these awards aside, I, like so many other Bengalis, grew up watching his films. I still find them as captivating and they always bring a smile on my face (Hirok Rajar Deshe, Sonar Kella, Joy Baba Felunath and Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne are the favourites). So I present to you one of the greatest auteurs of the 20th century cinema, a brilliant Ray of Light – Satyajit Ray !

p.s. again – A new category called “Superheroes” from today will talk about authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers etc. Though most of them are dead (immortal rather), they continue ruling our hearts through their work. I salute the Masters here, on any other day of the week apart from Mondays. Merci beaucoup :) !

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