Satyajit Ray was inspired by 1948 Italian film “The Bicycle Thieves”, directed by Vittorio De Sica which was shot completely around Rome in original locations. Hence while making his first feature film “Pather Panchali” Satyajit Ray also shot the entire film on location. “Pather Panchali” introduced Indian Cinema to the World.
Satyajit Ray and Soumitra came together in fourteen films. Soumitra's centrality to Ray's work is akin to other key collaborations in the history of cinema - Mifune & Kurosawa, Mastroianni & Fellini, De Niro & Scorsese, Dicaprio & Scorsese, Max von Sydow and Ingmar Bergman, Jerzy Stuhr and Kieslowski.