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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray

Date of Birth: 21 May 1921

Country: India

Biography: Satyajit Ray (2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian director, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, author, essayist, lyricist, magazine editor, illustrator, calligrapher, and music composer. One of the greatest auteurs of film-making, Ray is celebrated for works including The Apu Trilogy (1955–1959), The Music Room (1958), The Big City (1963) and Charulata (1964).

Total Credits at Criticker: 3 (Actor), 37 (Director), 41 (Writer)

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    Pather Panchali
    Sometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal. The father, a poet and priest, cannot earn enough to keep his family going...(imdb)
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    Aparajito
    A boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (imdb)
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    The World of Apu
    Apu is a jobless ex-student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding.
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    The Music Room
    Biswambhar Roy is a zamindar (landlord) and the last of his kind. With the title, he has none of the prequisites, inheriting diminishing lands that are being eroded by the neighbouring river. (imdb)
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    The Stranger
    A well-off Indian family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long lost uncle... (imdb)
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    Charulata
    Charu lives a lonely and idle life in 1870s India. Although her husband devotes more time to his newspaper than to their marriage, he sees her loneliness and asks his brother-in-law, Amal, a would-be writer to keep her company (imdb)
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    Days and Nights in the Forest
    A group of four middle class workers in India take the week off to have a holiday. When they get to the forest, they meet up with another group and spend their time flirting with women. (imdb)
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    Mahanagar
    Life at home changes when a housewife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a salesperson. (imdb)
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    Devi
    Devi focuses on a young woman, who is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal landlord, envisions her as the Goddess Kali. (imdb)
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    An Enemy of the People
    In this adaption of the Ibsen stage play, an idealistic physician discovers that the town's hot springs are dangerously contaminated. But with the community relying on the spa for tourist dollars, his warnings to the falls for deaf ears.
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    Ghare-Baire
    When the movie opens, a woman is recalling the events that molded her perspective on the world. Years ago, her husband, a wealthy Western-educated landowner, challenged tradition by providing her with schooling, and inviting her out of the seclusion in which married women were kept (imdb)
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    The Chess Players
    Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. While pressure is mounting amidst intrigue and political manoeuvres, Ali Shah composes poems and listens to music, secluded in his palace... (imdb)
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    Abhijaan
    A taxi driver attempts to introduce his cab service in rural Bengal against many odds. (imdb)
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    Teen Kanya
    The first story is about Nanda, a young man who leaves Calcutta to work as a postmaster in an isolated malaria-infested village. The postmaster is looked after by a young orphan girl, Ratan. His only solace in the village is in teaching Ratan how to read and write... (imdb)
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    Joi Baba Felunath
    This is the second film about the detective Feluda (Soumitra Chatterjee) set in the holy city of Benares, where he (along with his cousin, Topshe and friend, Lalmohan Ganguly) goes for a holiday. But the theft of a priceless deity of Lord Ganesh (the Elephant God) from a local household forces him to start investigation... (imdb)
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    Kapurush
    Amitabha Roy (Soumitra Chatterjee), a sriptwriter has a breakdown near a tea-estate and he is offered a place to stay by the estate manager (Haradhan Banerjee) at his bungalow. When he reaches, Amitabha finds out that the manager is married to his ex-girlfriend, Karuna (Madhabi Mukherjee)... (imdb)
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    Nayak
    A matinee idol Arindam Mukherjee is going by train to collect an acting award. On the train, he is confronted by a journalist Aditi who somewhat unwillingly starts to take his interview. Arindam, won over by Aditi's naivete, starts to disclose his past, his fears and his secrets... (imdb)
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    Company Limited
    Shyamalendu (Barun Chanda) is a successful executive at a fan company where he is expecting a promotion shortly. His life revolves around his work and socialising with colleagues along with his wife, Dolan (Paromita Chaudhuri). His sister-in-law, Tutul (Sharmila Tagore) comes to stay with them for a few days. She is given a tour of the life they lead - in restaurants, beauty parlours, clubs and race courses. But then crisis strikes in the form of agitation at the factory... (imdb)
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    Kanchenjungha
    A wealthy family from Calcutta is on the last day of their vacation in Darjeeling, a hill station at the foot of Mount Kanchenjungha, the second highest peak of the Himalayas. Until now, they have been unable to catch a glimpse of the peak Kanchenjungha.The family members are dominated by the father, Indranath (Chhabi Biswas), an industrialist. He wants his daughter to marry a man of his choice and hopes that the man will propose if they are left together alone for some time... (satyajitray.org)
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    Jana Aranya
    After months of unemployment, recent college graduate Somnath enters business as a middleman, but he finds out when success means finding a client's weak spot, the price is more than mere rupees. (imdb)
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    Chiriyakhana
    This detective thriller portrays Uttam kumar as detective Byomkesh Bakshi -- the novel creation of Saradindu Bandyopadhyay... (IMDB Comments)
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    Sonar Kella
    Mukul (played by Kusal Chakravarty) is a young boy who is said to be able to remember events of his previous life. He stays up late into the night and draws sketches that he claims are of battles he had seen. His father decides to take him to Dr. Hajra (Sailen Mukherjee), a parapsychologist, for treatment. On studying some drawings by Mukul that represent scenes from the past, Dr. Hajra concludes that Mukul's drawings as well as his desciptions are of events around a fortress, where the boy's father(sic) had worked as a gem cutter... (Wikipedia.org)
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    Ashani Sanket
    Gangacharan is the new Brahmin of a village, where he assumes various duties: teaching, organizing religious events, and trying to prevent epidemics. But in that year 1943, war is raging (as reminded by the planes occasionally heard flying over the countryside), and a major famine is under way. As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community. (imdb)
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    Shakha Proshakha
    An aged patriarch (Ajit Bannerjee), popular for his scrupulous honesty, has a heart attack in the middle of a town gathering in his honour. The event brings togehter his four sons, of which the second Proshanto (Soumitra) has been in reclusive insanity for several years after a shock incident years ago. Waiting for closure on the father's health situation, the four reminisce and relive ideological differences. (imdb)
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    Pratidwandi
    The Adversary stars Dhritiman Chatterjee as an Indian university student. Upon the death of his father, Chatterjee is compelled to drop out of school and support his family by taking a series of "grunt" jobs. Surrounded for the first time in his life by the squalor and poverty of Calcutta, the student grows increasingly embittered over his reduced circumstances... (All Movie)
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    Heerak Rajar Deshe
    The musician duo of Goopi Gayin and Bagha Bayin make a comeback in this sequel, where they are invited to the court of the Hirak Raja (Diamond King), for their musical skills. They have to perform at the kingdom's Jubilee Celebrations. But coming to the kingdom, they use their natural goodness and curiosity to find out that all is not well in the kingdom... (imdb)
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    Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
    Goopy wants to sing and Bagha would love to play the Dhol(drum). They meet accidentally and is helped by King of Ghosts. With newly endowed abilities they land in Kingdom of Shundi where their adventure begins. (imdb)
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    Rabindranath Tagore
    A biography of the great poet.
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    Baksa Badal
    A light hearted romantic comedy of events leading from the accidental switch of luggage of two travellers.
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    The Inner Eye
    The Inner Eye (1972) - Short Film
    The Inner Eye is the second of Satyajit Ray's four great documentaries and tells you about the life and art of Binode Behari Mukherjee (1904-1980). Mukherjee was one of the most admired renaissance painters of Bengal. Trained by the great Nandalal Bose during his early years in Santiniketan (Rabindranath Tagore's university for the liberal arts), Benode Behari painted profusely. (Karagarga)
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    Two
    Two (1965) - Short Film
    In a fairy tale like treatment, the film shows an encounter of two boys - a rich kid living in big house and a boy living in a slum. The rich boy's window overlooks the slum. (Karagarga)
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    Sadgati
    Sadgati (1981) - TV Movie
    Untouchable shoemender Dukhi comes to the Brahmin's and asks him to arrange his daughter's engagement. The Brahmin belongs to a higher caste. He wants Dukhi to work for him (and for free) before agreeing... A plea against the indian system of castes. (imdb)
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    Pikoor Diary
    Pikoor Diary (1981) - TV Special
    Smooth as silk, Ray brings us an unforgettable vignette of upper-middle class life in Kolkata around the 70's. (imdb)
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    Sikkim
    Documentary about the Sikkim nation which would later become part of India
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    Goopy Bagha Phire Elo
    Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne rule the kingdom of Shundi. They are bored of royal luxuries. They want to get back to the days of adventure they had enjoyed all their lives, but their age comes in the way. They leave the kingdom in search of new experiences. (Wikipedia)
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    Anukul
    Anukul (2017) - TV Special
    A teacher purchases a human-looking robot.
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    Royal Bengal Rahashya
    Feluda and his gang gets invited to North Bengal by a wealthy Zamindar to solve a piece of a puzzle supposedly leading to buried "treasure", but things take a turn for the unexpected with a mysterious death and rumors about a man-eating tiger in the jungles.
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    Joto Kando Kathmandute
    Joto Kando Kathmandute is based on Criminals of Kathmandu. Feluda (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty) and his assistant Topse (Saswata Chatterjee) solve the Criminal Case.
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    Gorosthaney Sabdhan
    A sudden violent storm takes Kolkata by sutprise. It also Narendra Nath Biswas injured, hit by a falling tree in the Park Street Cemetery. ... or was it the work of some unknown assailant?
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    Kailashey Kelenkari
    Detective Feluda, with the help of his nephew Topshe and the writer Jatayu, investigates smuggling and illegal trading in ancient sculptures across India.
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    Chinnamul
    A group of farmers from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) who were forced to migrate to Calcutta because of the partition of Bengal in 1947.
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