Satyajit Ray: News

Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, documentary filmmaker, scriptwriter, music composer, magazine editor, author, calligrapher, and illustrator born on May 2, 1921. Some of his most critically acclaimed works include 'The Apu Trilogy' (1955-59), 'The Music Room' (1958), 'The Big City' (1963)', and 'Charulatha' (1964), among others. Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray has directed 36 films, including feature films, shorts, and documentaries. His first film, 'Pather Panchali' (1955), secured 11 international honors, including the inaugural Best Human Documentary award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including 36 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Bear, a Golden Lion, two Silver Bears, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. Ray was honored with the Bharat Ratna by the Government of India in 1992. He is credited with creating two popular fictional characters in Bengali children's literature: Feluda, a detective, and Professor Shonku, a scientist. He died on April 23, 1992.

23 Mar 2023


#NewsBytesExplainer: Understanding arthouse cinema—definition, characteristics, prominent examples

Cinema is highly subjective, and naturally, not every film appeals to every viewer.

25 Jan 2023

Academy Awards

'All That Breathes,' 'Elephant Whisperers': Know everything about Oscar-nominated documentaries  

Indian content is transcending boundaries, and the testimony to this is the recent Oscar nominations of the documentaries All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers.

01 Jan 2023


#NewsBytesExplainer: Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute—history, legacy, and alumni

Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray is credited with being one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, considering he put India on the global pedestal through Pather Panchali, Charulata, and Apur Sansar, among others.

28 Sep 2022

Durga Puja

5 Bengali films that capture the spirit of Durga Puja

It is that time of the year when the sweet fragrance of shiuli adorns the air, fluffy white clouds flock to the sky, and the joyous beats of dhak announce the arrival of Maa Durga on Earth.

20 Jun 2022

BR Ambedkar

5 must-read autobiographies of Indian personalities

Autobiographies are a source of inspiration for readers.

29 May 2022

Paresh Rawal

Satyajit Ray's 'The Storyteller' adaptation: What we know so far

Legendary filmmaker and Oscar recipient Satyajit Ray's short story Golpo Bolo Tarini Khuro will be translated to the silver screen as The Storyteller.

09 May 2022

Sharmila Tagore

Rabindra Jayanti special: 5 Rabindranath Tagore's novels made into films

There cannot be a second Rabindranath Tagore.

04 May 2022

Deepika Padukone

Cannes 2022: Masks, COVID-19 tests not mandatory for guests

The Cannes Film Festival will not require its attendees to wear face masks or carry any health pass this year.

02 May 2022

Bengali Cinema

On Satyajit Ray's birth-anniversary, know how he discovered Sharmila Tagore

Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray is known for his multi-faceted talent and his evergreen creations.

22 Oct 2021

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese, Istvan Szabo to be honored at IFFI Goa

The 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is round the corner and will be held in Goa (permanent location).

16 Aug 2021


Awards, exhibition to mark director Chidananda Dasgupta's birth centenary

A trust named after renowned film critic and director Chidananda Dasgupta is set to celebrate his birth centenary year in November with screenings, memorial lectures, and exhibitions of his works.

28 Jun 2021


Amid mixed reactions, Satyajit Ray's son opens up about 'Ray'

As the Netflix anthology of four short films based on the stories by Satyajit Ray has evoked mixed reactions from viewers, Satyajit Ray's son Sandip said he would soon watch the films to have his own opinion.

30 May 2021


Netflix brings Satyajit Ray's stories to life in 'Ray' teaser

Netflix India has unveiled the teaser of their new anthology series Ray recently comprising four stories are based on the writings of ace filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

29 May 2021


Netflix anthology series 'Ray' to stream from June 25

Netflix's anthology series Ray, based on legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's four stories, will debut on June 25, the streamer said on Thursday.

07 Jan 2021

West Bengal

Shah Rukh Khan to grace 26th Kolkata film festival inauguration

The ongoing coronavirus health crisis has put a halt to almost everything, with top film festivals and various cultural activities facing the brunt of the pandemic.

20 Nov 2020


'Feluda' coronavirus test: A game-changer in India's fight against COVID-19?

Feluda, the world's first coronavirus test based on gene-editing technology CRISPR, will be rolled out in Delhi in the first week of December, multiple reports said. Following Delhi, the kits will be available in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, and Ahmedabad.

10 Oct 2020

Soumitra Chatterjee

COVID-19: Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee shifted to intensive care

Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, 85, best known for immortalizing the fictional character of private investigator Feluda in Satyajit Ray's works, had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, October 6.

24 Apr 2019


If Indian actors (non-Bollywood) were playing 'GoT' characters

The cast of Game of Thrones has some of the distinguished actors. It is honestly impossible to envision anyone else playing their roles.

23 Feb 2019


Will definitely make a Bengali film one day: Shoojit Sircar

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who has directed several excellent movies like Piku, October, and Vicky Donor, said he is still learning to emulate the works of great Bengali directors and will definitely make a Bengali film one day.

11 Jun 2018


Delhi: Navrasa Duende's 'Classic Movie Festival' 2nd edition begins June-22

Movie enthusiasts in Delhi are in for a visual treat as they can now watch their favorite classic films on the big screen at an upcoming film festival.

30 Apr 2018

Sharmila Tagore

Had no idea about lip-syncing in debut film: Sharmila Tagore

Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore recalls she had no idea about lip-syncing when a playback song was being played in her debut Hindi film.

16 Apr 2018


Iranian director Majidi feels real-life is missing in Indian films

Iranian director Majid Majidi decided to set his latest film "Beyond the Clouds" in Mumbai streets, which he believes, are full of incredible heroes trying to lead a life of dignity in the face of struggle.

01 Apr 2018


India has one of the greatest film cultures: Christopher Nolan

Maverick Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who is in India to stress on the importance of film preservation, confessed that he enjoys watching Indian movies and would love to see more of them.

27 Feb 2018


Shashi took Rs. 101 as signing-amount for 'New Delhi Times'

For 1986 film "New Delhi Times", which revolved around the nexus between politicians and media barons, veteran actor Shashi Kapoor took a bare minimum of Rs. 101 as the signing amount.

02 May 2017


Revisiting and not "remembering" Satyajit Ray on his birthday

When my editor asked me to do a piece on Satyajit Ray's 96th birth-anniversary, the brief was, "something which is a tribute, not cliché, but contemporary."