In the wake of dwindling audiences for Bengali movies, filmmaker Sandip Ray banked on big screen adaptation of master storyteller Satyajit Ray's Feluda novels to bring back audiences to the regional cinema.
Recalling the criticism levelled against legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray for shying away from real and political issues, National Award-winning director Govind Nihalani said the icon took it in his stride and later acknowledged the fact that filmmakers must be connected to reality.
Not the jingle of bells, but the soulful sounds of the santoor will follow sleuth Feluda - the hugely popular character created by master storyteller Satyajit Ray - during his adventures in the Bengali film "Badshahi Angti" (The Emperor's Ring) set for release this Christmas.
Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman today said that she was clear on two things when she started her film career - one that she will not wear a bikini and other that she would not change her name as was the phenomenon at that point of a time.
Satyajit Ray, in his obituary for Uttam Kumar, had once written, “Every other Bengali film had him (Uttam Kumar) in the lead, usually paired with Suchitra Sen. This was a romantic team which for durability and width of acceptance had few equals in world cinema.”
Having watched Pather Panchali at a younger age, and seen Satyajit Ray`s other works, actor Radhika Apte finds the Bengali independent directors are more influenced by the "rich cultural content" of the place.