Most serious discussions on Bengali cinema start and end with the holy trinity of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. However, no other film-maker in Bengali cinema has bridged the world of high art with box-office success like Tapan Sinha.
The idea of this book stems from the many discussions the author had with Soumitra Chatterjee for over the last few years.
The book holds the author’s many anxieties, questions, hazy perceptions and unresolved miseries. In the discussions, there have been some common themes – separation, return, fear and death. Then painting, poetry, reading.
Soumitra Chatterjee’s debut in Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar as the eponymous, gentle hero won him international fame. The decades-long Ray–Chatterjee collaboration, in fact, ranks right up there with the best-known actor–director duos
Satyajit Ray first placed India on the map of world cinema with his 1955-classic Pather Panchali. In a career spanning nearly four decades and including twenty-seven feature films, Ray is undoubtedly the most-known Indian film-maker till date.
Soumitra Chatterjee is a creative genius. Apart from being an actor of international eminence and recognition he is a painter, a theatre actor-cum-director, a playwright, a magazine editor, an elocutionist and also a poet. Writing poetry for over six decades Soumitra had penned several anthologies. Walking through the Mist is however, the first collection of translated poems of Soumitra Chatterjee in English.