A new book on the works of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray revisits each of his 39 feature films, short films and documentaries to investigate their cinematic and social context.
“The Cinema of Satyajit Ray”, published by Westland, is written by author Bhaskar Chattopadhyay.
It claims to be an encyclopedic cover of Ray’s cinema including an essay on every film he has made, along with his documentaries.
“The main purpose of this book is to introduce Ray’s films to a wider audience, to tell them that Ray’s films are accessible, that they can be easily understood and that even in all their simplicity, they transmit to us. beautiful messages without ever being moralistic, ”writes the author in the book.
“They tell us stories that we can all understand and relate to, that we can rejoice in and marvel at. On the contrary, this book is my humble but sincere attempt to break the invisible, unwritten and ubiquitous class system in the appreciation of the film, ”he added.
Ray, considered one of the best filmmakers India has ever seen, has made classics like “Pather Panchali”, “Charulata” and “Devi”.
He received several accolades throughout his career, including 32 National Film Awards, a number of awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, as well as an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. He received Bharat Ratna in 1992.
Chattopadhyay, whose literary engagement with Ray’s cinema spans years, spoke to a number of people who had worked closely with the iconic filmmaker, studied his life and work to try and understand the man behind the movies.
The book is divided into two sections: “the first concerns art and the second the artist”.
“Filled with delightful anecdotes and fresh ideas, The Cinema of Satyajit Ray is an essential book for every cinephile’s library,” the editors said in a statement.
After romanticizing Ray’s flagship film “Nayak” in 2018, Chattopadhyay’s own works include novels like “Patang” (2016), “Here Falls the Shadow” (2017) and “The Disappearance of Sally Sequeira” (2018) .
“Satyajit Ray’s Cinema” is currently available for sale in online and offline stores.