Satyajit Ray was not only a great director, a renowned writer, also. He sketched his own characters , created music for his movies.Here is our take on the 10 MOVIES OF SATYAJIT RAY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS (with link)
Its impossible to describe what he contributed for the history of films and bengali literature. He won Oscar for his life time achievement in 1992.
10 MOVIES OF SATYAJIT RAY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS (with link)
Satyajit Roy proved he can create magic in screen with only two child artist and a few toys , without uttering a single word. This 1964 short film of length only 12 minutes made under the banner of Esso World Theater depicts a rivalry of displaying toys between two little boys. On the context of Vietnam War and in a world where we forego simple happiness on a quest for meaningless luxuries , this short film shows the genius of the director.
The movie was almost lost until the Oscar Academy restored the film in 2016 and uploaded to their youtube channel.
IMDB rating – 7.8
9. Parash Pathar
Parash Parthar is film based on a novel written by Parasuram. Paresh Chandra Dutt a simple clerk at a bank suddenly finds a mythical philosophers stone that can turn iron into gold, and from there his life takes a very interesting turn.
Other than brilliant storytelling by the director , Tulsi Chakrabarti as the main character is a treat for the eyes with his world class acting. This movie is surely worth watching. The film got showed in the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or (Best Film).
IMDB rating – 7.7
Nayak is a 1966 film written and directed by Satyajit Ray. It tells the story of Arindam Mukherjee(Uttam Kumar) a famous matinee idol who is going to Delhi being invited to receive a national award. In the train journey he meets with a young journalist Aditi Sengupta(Sharmila Tagore) and shares his story.
He ends up revealing his mistakes, insecurities and regrets revealing that behind all his arrogant facade lies a deeply troubled man as his life’s story is gradually revealed through seven flashbacks and two dreams.
The iconic scene of Uttam Kumar drowning alone in treasures which came at a cost is surely remain in the hall of fame of Indian cinamatography.
IMDB – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%
Charulata is based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore, Nastanirh (The broken Nest) and set in Calcutta in the late nineteenth century. Bengal Renaissance is at its peak and India is under British rule. The film revolves around Charulata / Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee) the childless, intelligent and beautiful wife of Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee). He edits and publishes a political newspaper. Bhupati is an upper class Bengali intellectual with a keen interest in politics and the freedom movement.
Popular opinion is in the novel Nostonir Rabindranath depicted his own life story, relation with his sister-in-law Kadambari Devi. Satyajit Roy was the perfect storyteller for such an interesting story.
It won Golden Bear for best director at 15 th Berlin Film Festival at 1965 and Golden Lotus Award for best film at national film awards 1965.
IMDB – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
6. Jana Aranya
Jana Aranya tells the story of struggle faced by middle class every day. The protagonist Somnath just completed his studies and trying his best to get a job. Finally he decided to take up a job as a middleman in business but soon finds himself sinking in unethical jobs that goes against his moral.
On the parallel his friend Sukumar who comes from a very poor family finds his way to be a taxi driver.
The story ends with a anti climax which will leave audience shocked.
IMDB – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%
5. Apu Trilogy
A little boy with dreamy eyes from a remote village called Nischindipur won the hearts of millions when Bibhutibhusan Bandopaddhay wrote his timeless novel Pather Panchali.
This same boy came to silver screen with Satyajit Ray. Apu is not a daring solar hero or had a very eventful life, ‘he was a poor boy, from a poor family’. This thre films showed that you don’t need any so called “Cinematic” event to hook the audience to the screen. This trilogy tells story of a common man , his dreams, his feelings, his emotions.
If you want to experience
Pather Panchali is the first film directed by Satyajit Ray and this series undoubtedly counts as one of his best works.
We don’t have enough space in this page to list the awards this movies won, it is a one of the masterpieces ever made in this great form of art.
Anila Bose (Mamata Shankar) receives a letter from a man, who claims to be her long lost uncle Manomohan Mitra (Utpal Dutt).
He is visiting India after 35 years abroad and Anila is his only surviving relative, so he wants to meet her in Calcutta before he sets off again. Anila looks forward to the meeting, but her husband Sudhindra (Deepankar De) is suspicious. The uncle arrives and stays with the family. He says that he is an anthropologistwho has traveled all over the world, and he immediately wins the friendship of Anila’s son Satyaki. This movie is another example of Satyajit Rays power to tell great stories using minimal setup. This story depicts greed, childish simplicity an entire different viewpoint of our daily life. It’s surely one of the greatest movies made by Satyajit Ray. Just watch it once and we promise you will watch it again.
IMDB – 8.1
Chiriyakhana was another film having name of both Satyajit Ray and Uttam Kumar under it’s banner.
Famous private detective Byomkesh Bakshi and his assistant Ajit are chatting when a new client, Mr Nishanath Sen, knocks on the door. Nishanath is a middle aged person, an ex-judge and a rich merchant. He needs Byomkesh for a very special reason.
The stories of Byomkesh are incredible themselves, and the cast of this movie are just what it needed for silver screen.
IMDB – 7.2
2. Feluda Series
This series does not need any kind of inroduction, if you have not watched these just stop reading and go watch it.
Feluda is a character created by Satyajit Ray himself, and a perfect example of how great writer he was. I am not going to discuss the plots here, just watch the movies.
Sonar Kella IMDB – 8.4
Jai Baba Felunath IMDB – 8
1. Gupi Bagha series
Gupi gayen and Bagha Bayen are two characters created by Upendrakishor Raychowdhury , Satyajit Ray’s grandfather. Two villagers with extreme passion over music sets out to see the world after they receive 3 boons from a king of the spirits.
It’s is a fairy tale and we assure you its just magical, mesmerizing.
There are 3 movies in this series. The first one written by Upendrakishor RayChowdhury and directed by Satyajit Ray, The second one written and ditected by Satyajit ray, and the third one written by Satyajit Ray but directed by his son Sandip Ray.
There is only one comment that we can make after watching these movies
“MOHARAJA, TOMARE SELAM”
Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen IMDB – 8.8
Hirok Rajar Deshe IMDB – 8.9
Gupi Bagha Fire Alo IMDB – 7.7
There you have our take on the 10 MOVIES OF SATYAJIT RAY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS (with link). If you feel like there another movies that deserves position in this list. Do comment and let us know.
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