Film-maker Sandip Ray was born on 8th September 1953 to film maker Satyajit Ray and Bijaya Ray. From his childhood he was attached to the films his father made and often took stills of the proceedings. On his insistence, Satyajit Ray made films for children like Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne and his Feluda adventure, Sonar Kella.
From the late 70s, (Shatranj Ke Khiladi), Sandip Ray assisted his father on all the films.
Sandip directed Fatikchand, a film based on a story of a kidnapped boy, rescued by a juggler. The film was a big success, but Sandip did not direct another film till the next 10 years. Meanwhile, he directed a two instalments of the TV Series, ‘Satyajit Ray Presents’ based on short stories written by his father. One such story was a Feluda story Kissa Kathmandu Ka (Jauto Kando Kathmandu-te). He received a lot of flak at casting an aged (and plump) Shashi Kapoor as the detective, totally defying the character of the detective.
Sandip then decided to make Goopy Bagha Phire Elo, the third instalment of the great Goopy Bagha series, but met with moderate success. He made films on new films like Uttaron and Target
In the late 80s, the ‘original Feluda actor’, Soumitra Chatterjee made an appearance on Doordarshan Kolkata as Feluda, but directed by Bibhas Chakraborty. This series (of a very few episodes) also received a lot of flak with the mediocre execution.
In order to mend things, he chose to revive Feluda (as a TV series) with the young and dynamic Sabyasachi Chakraborty playing the master detective this time. One of the episodes was the same story he had made in Hindi (Jauto Kando Kathmandu-te). The series was a big hit and soon Sandip decided to make Feluda for the big screen.
His first Feluda feature, Bombaiyer Bombete was a big success. He immediately announced more films and the second release, Kailashe Kelenkari was a bigger hit. His third Feluda adventure Tintorretor Jishu is to release in Dec 2008.
In 2005, Sandip Ray also directed Nishijapon, a psychological drama with a stellar cast.
He also made a documentary (in 1988) on family-friend and singer-actor Kishore Kumar called ‘Zindagi Ek Safar’, after the legend passed away in 1987.
In 2008 Sandip Ray announced a non-Feluda project called ‘Kicchukhon’ based on a story by Bonophool (Balai Chand Mukherjee), which will be released in 2009 and to be produced by T. Sarkar Productions, the producers of Tintorretor Jishu.
Sandip Ray also guided the children's magazine "Sandesh", which was founded by his great-grandfather Upendrakishore Ray, and continued by his grandfather Sukumar Ray and his fatherSatyajit Ray. From 1992, after the death of Satyajit, Sandip was the Joint Editor of the Sandesh (magazine). From 2003 till date he has been the editor of the magazine.
Sandip Ray has recently come up with his account of the time he has had with Feluda, The famous Bengali detective created by his father, in a book named "Aami aar Feluda", which deals with the background stories of all Feluda Movies and Telefilms.