Dipen Guhawrote on Jul 20 2009 7:26PM
One of the youngest directors of the Bengali change of guard, Sandip Ray was born of the proud parents Satyajit Roy and Bijoya Roy on September 8, 1953, is a solid professional, better known for his well-constructed and humanistic subjects than for his will for thematic or aesthetic innovation. First a photographer, illustrator and advertising man , he had been assistant director of "Shatranj ke Khiladi", then of most other films of his father, Satyajit Ray, who described him as "the best assistant that I have ever had". Since 1983, he has directed a fiction film, "Phatihchand", two televised serials ( in 15 episodes) concerning the work of his father (1983--86), and successfully filmed "Goopy Bagha Phire Elo" ( The Return of Goopy and Bagha , 1991), a sequel to the delightful children's film of Ray "Goopy Gain Bagha Bain"
In "Uttoron"( The Interrupted Journey , 1993) he brings to the screen a screept of his father, casting his mascot actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who portrays a famous and brilliant doctor of the wealthy of Kolkata, invited by the Rotary Club of a provincial town of Bengal to deliver a lecture on the latest advances in Medecine. This short journey through the countryside is a true initiatory journey through the incrdible destitution of the peasants who have no access, whatever, to medical care and ultimately resort to magic, as well as a discovery of the formidable appetite for living, which drives them on, personofied by a beautiful young woman, Manashi, whose father he is unable to save from the clutches of the witch doctors. But the gratitude of Manashi for what he tried to do for the dead man and what this short foray into the world of the poor has taught him, hitherto unsuspected by him, change his life.
"Target"was made in Hindi with Om Puri and Mohan Agashe in the lead. The plot deals with the blight of feudalism and the caste conflict that narrates how Bharosa (Om Puri) a shooter of low caste is hired by V. Singh , a rich zamindar (Mohan Agashe) and no longer capable of hitting any target Following a series of offences including disgracing Bharosa's lady-love, V. Singh becomes the target of the former.
"Nishijapan" has been adopted from a story by Narayan Ganguly. The ling and the short of the story is how a group of urbane personalities let loose their brutes in them, when they are helplessly stranded in a hilly-terrain region. The film is studded with stars like Soumitra Chatterjee, Dipankar De, Rituparna Sengupta and Parambrata.
But, it is from the "Feluda"legacy Sandip Ray experiences true commercial success. His "Bombayer Bombete" brings about a dimension of dynamism in the Bengali cine-world. Sabbasachi Chakroverty makes his advent as fresher Feluda, considerabily more dynamic than his predecessor. "Kailashe Kelenkari" comes out with greater pomps. "Tintorettor Jishu" is the latest in the Feluda series that is full of actions, stunts and wits with locales abroad. Sandip Ray has nothing to look back except the memoirs of his legendary father.