Satyajit Ray had a close, lifelong friendship with Bansi Chandragupta, the Art Director of all the films from "Pather Panchal" to "Pratideandi" Thereafter he went away to Mumbai, where he was of course successful. Ray recalled him for his ambitious period film "Shatranj Ke Khilati" in 1977. The two had such a warm relationship and identity of views that they were able to work together as one, as it ewre.
Chandragupta had given up his colleague studies in Srinagar. Kashmir during the 1942 agitatio. Around this time he met Subho Tagore, the artist, who urged him to become a painter. Off went Ghandragupta to Kolkata, then devasted by the man-made 1943 famine. He found work as assistant to an art director and acted in the film as well. Ray happened to see the film sometime ...» read full biography