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Returning to the classics of Ray

Madhur Tankha

Zee Studio to screen the old master’s films from Sunday



Filmmaker Satyajit Ray

NEW DELHI: One of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the 20th Century, Satyajit Ray is a cultural icon not only in this country but also abroad. Now his sensitive and thought-provoking films will come alive on Zee Studio beginning this Sunday.

Titled ‘Saluting Satyajit Ray’, the festival is a tribute to the extraordinary filmmaker whose influence has been widespread and deep in Bengali cinema. A number of Bengali directors including Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh and Gautam Ghose in this country and Tareq Masud and Tanvir Mokammel in Bangladesh have been influenced by his craft.

Going on air every Sunday at 3 p.m. on Zee Studio, the festival will showcase some of Ray’s finest works including ‘Devi’, ‘Parash Pathar’, ‘Samapti’, ‘Simabaddha’, ‘Postmaster’ and ‘Joi Baba Felunath’ with English subtitles.

Speaking about Zee Studio’s tribute to Ray, Zee Studio business head Neil Chakravarti says: “Ray’s films are an experience on celluloid that a genuine lover of cinema cannot afford to miss. We are certain that the festival will greatly appeal to the mature viewer with a taste for meaningful cinema.”

The festival begins on December 2 with the screening of ‘Apur Sansar’, the legendary filmmaker’s timeless classic. Starring Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee, the film is the final part of the famous Apu trilogy.

‘Devi’, which will be shown on December 9, is a fascinating account of how an aged landowner has a revelation that his daughter-in-law is the incarnation of Goddess Kali.

‘Parash Pathar’, that will be shown on December 16, will take film connoisseurs on a trip of fantasy as an elderly bank clerk finds a mysterious stone that transforms any piece of metal to gold.

To be screened on December 23, ‘Samapti’ traces the life of Amulya who marries a tomboyish teenager much against the wishes of his mother. ‘Simabaddha’ on December 30 follows a young executive’s climb up the corporate ladder and his gradual immersion into corruption as seen through the eyes of his sister-in-law.

In January, ‘Post Master’ that beautifully explores the nuances of a complex relationship between a young man and his maid will be screened.

In the same month, ‘Joi Baba Felunath’ starring Utpal Dutt and Soumitra Chatterjee will also be shown. It is the story of a detective who investigates the theft of an idol of Lord Ganesha.

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