?The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have impressed me greatly. ...I feel that he is a "giant" of the movie industry.? This is what Akira Kurosawa, the famous Japanese film director commented on Satyajit Ray.
Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest film directors of world cinema. He is a true auteur as his films carry a unique signature pertaining to the shots, music, set, etc. The extraordinary storytelling process in the films of Satyajit Ray marks a humanistic approach. His films encompass the major aspects of life and these are the perfect blend of emotion, relationships, conflicts, struggle, sorrow and joy. The most important characteristic of Ray?s films is the perfect use of characters according to the demand of the narrative. Moreover, his films express a significant humanism between the characters. His exquisite observation and fine handling of characters make his films some of the greatest classics of world cinema.
Some of the famous films of Satyajit Ray are Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), Jalsaghar (1958), Apur Sansar (1959), Devi (1960), Teen Kanya (1961), Rabindranath Tagore (Documentary film made in1961), Abhijan (1962), Mahanagar (1963), Charulata (1964), Nayak (1966), Chiryakhana (1967), Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1968), Pratidwandi (1970), Seemabaddha (1971), The Inner Eye (Documentary made in1972), Asani Sanket (1973), Sonar Kella (1974), Jana Aranya (1975), Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977), Joi Baba Felunath (1978), Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ghare-Baire (1984), Ganashatru (1989) and Agantuk (1991).
For his excellent films, Satyajit Ray achieved several awards including international awards. Some of his major achievements include Best Human Document in Cannes in 1956, Selznik Golden Laurel in Berlin in 1957, Golden Lion of St. Mark in Venice in 1957, FIPRESCI Award in London in 1957, Best Film and Best Direction in San Francisco in 1958, Silver Medal for Music in Moscow in 1959, President`s Gold Medal in New Delhi in 1959, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures in USA in 1960, Golden Boomerang in Melbourne in 1962, Golden Seal in Locarno in 1961, Silver Bear For Best Direction in Berlin in 1964, Special Jury Award in Berlin in 1966, PIPRESCI Award in Venice in 1972, Golden Bear in Berlin in 1973. He got the Life Time Achievement Oscar, in 1991.
Being a versatile genius, Satyajit Ray also contributed a lot in the literature. Feluda and Professor Shonku are the two famous characters in literature created by Satyajit Ray. Feluda is a private investigator and Topshe; another famous character was the assistant of Feluda. Topshe narrates all the stories of Feluda. Besides his detective stories, Satyajit Ray also wrote several interesting short stories, which are full of suspense and gimmick. In addition, Ray wrote the screenplay, script of his films along with the dialogues of the characters. Satyajit Ray also designed two typefaces, which are named as Ray Roman and Ray Bizarre. Moreover, he illustrated all his storybooks and designed the covers of the books.
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