Satyajit Ray’s Heroes and Heroines
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Foreword by Soumitra Chatterjee
Rupa Publications, Delhi, 2019
PP: 232

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. It will probably not be an exaggeration to state that in Indian cinema Ray’s profiling of characters and his casting acumen resulted in some of the best on-screen performances it has ever seen.

This book examines some of the most memorable characters put up by the maverick on the silver screen.

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In the Media
By Sathya Saran
This book adds to the body of critical work around Satyajit Ray’s films. Nag’s earlier book had Soumitra Chatterjee talking candidly about twenty of his best roles.
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By Aruna Vasudev
Many of the actors and actresses in Satyajit Ray’s Bengali films went on to become nationally recognised stars in Hindi cinema.
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By Shoma A Chatterji
Amitava Nag analysed Satyajit Ray’s heroes and heroines as the characters they portray in the films rather than as individual celluloid celebrities off-screen, says National Award winning critic Shoma Chatterji in her review of Nag’s latest book.
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To revisit the cinematic universe of Satyajit Ray in any form is one of the most pleasurable acts for a cinephile.
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By FPJ Bureau
While trying to convince Arindam Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar) to not join movies, his mentor, Shankar-da says that ‘actors are mere puppets’ in films.
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If one were to list the number of books written on Satyajit Ray and his cinema, it would obviously demand a library labelled “Books on Satyajit Ray.”
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The book is personal because Nag feels that all his actors delivered their best performances when they worked under Ray’s direction.
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By Vishal Verma
He turned a frock-clad school going teen Sharmila Tagore into Aparna - Apu’s wife. The cliché concept of all-evil in silver screen villains bored him.
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By Sayantan Ghosh
Filmmakers of world cinema always say that the direction of a film lies in its characterisation. Satyajit Ray, one of the most noted filmmakers of India and indeed of world cinema, was an artist.
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By Gautam Chintamani
It has often been said by many filmmakers that nearly 90 percent of directing is casting. Amongst the handful of Indian filmmakers who not only came up with great characters but also managed to find actors to bring them to life, Satyajit Ray remains peerless.
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By Anjana Basu
Amitava Nag has taken up the well-worn subject of Satyjit Ray’s genius and given it an interesting slant.
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Tumpa Mukherjee | February 2, 2019
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