and Nights in the Forest
Pratidwandi (The Adversary)
The World of Apu
Satyajit Ray Foundation
(1991/Colour) Director: Satyajit Ray
"Agantuk" ("The Stranger") was Satyajit Ray's last film,
and it shows all the virtues of a master artist in full maturity.
With the simplicity that comes
with complete command of his
medium, Ray begins his story
with a letter. The recipient,
Anila (Mamata Shankar), is
middle-class housewife living with her husband, Sudhindra (Deepankar De),
and son in Calcutta; the letter
writer is an uncle who left
India 35 years ago,
following his wanderlust to the far corners of the globe. Or at least that's
who he claims
to be. Anila hasn't actually seen her uncle since she was a baby, a fact
that the uncle makes note of.
Nevertheless, he calls on the
family's sense of "traditional
Indian hospitality" and asks to be taken in until he takes up his travels
In laying out these details, Ray—by far India's most renowned director—works
in the unhurried, observant style that made him one of the cinema's most respected
filmmakers. His focus, as always, is the human elements. But he is also interested
in ideas, and in that sense, "Agantuk" is more conceptual, more
Shavian and less naturalistic than most of his earlier work.
two fanatical chess players play game after game, while a bigger game
of chess - a political one - is being played out around them. Richard
Attenborough and Saeed Jaffrey give mesmeric and memorable performances.
Director: Satyajit Ray
This powerful psychological drama follows a young executive's climb up the
corporate ladder and his slow immersion into corruption, seen through the eyes
of his young sister-in-law.
Shyamal (Barun Chanda) is an ambitious Marketing Manager in a British firm
in Calcutta, manufacturing fans. He's married to Dolan, and lives in a company
flat. He aspires to become the company director. For this he has to compete
with a colleague who has a relative in the board of directors. The film boldly
lays bare the price which is inevitably extracted, in the blind pursuit of
AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST
(1969, B/W) Director: Satyajit Ray
This is Ray's most overtly Renoir-ish film, almost a remake of Une Partie de
Campagne. Here, however, it is not the French bourgeois family setting off for
a picnic, but four young men leaving Calcutta for a few days in the country.
Bringing with them their westernised careerist attitudes, their middle-class
indifference to the lower orders, and a self-satisfaction that leaves them closed
B/W) Director: Satyajit Ray
The Goddess Ray deals with
a subject that figures only
marginally in his other films:
the field of popular religion.
He shows us a conflict between
the old and the new India,
in the form of a clash between father and son, with the soul of the
son's beautiful young wife as the prize.
The first film in Satyajit Ray's famous "Apu
Trilogy", it is the saga of an impoverished Brahmin family living in
a small Bengali village. Haunting and evocative, it takes the hero
through his early years up to adolescence.
B/W) Director: Satyajit Ray
prize-winning film from Satyajit
Ray, based on stories by Rabindranath
WORLD OF APU
'Apu Trilogy', and a unique work in its own right. A visually brilliant
film, demonstrating Ray's remarkable talent for making even the most
commonplace event representative of our deepest feelings.