Satyajit Ray, was born in Kolkata (Calcutta) on 2nd of May 1921. He initially studied at Calcutta University and later shifted to Shantiniketan to study art. He founded Calcutta's first film society in 1947.
- He made his first film ‘Pather Panchali’in the year 1955 soon followed by ‘Aparajito’ and ‘Apur Sansar’ together known as 'Apu Trilogy'.
- ‘Pather Panchali’ was an immediate success and for this he won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival.
- Not only did Ray direct twenty-nine feature films, but he also wrote the scripts, composed much of the music, and participated directly in the art direction, casting, and cinematography.
- Was voted the 25th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- Ray wrote several science-fiction short stories.
- In 1967 he wrote a script for a movie entitled "The Alien". Ray Co-written the script, was surprised to find out it had already been copyrighted and the fee appropriated. Columbia Pictures was interested in doing the project in the 1970s.
- Was a fan of the Tintin comics and even had some shots of some of the books in his movies.
- Ray was a talented graphic artist, and designed numerous book jackets and magazine covers.
- Ray was awarded Legion of Honor, the most prestigious award in france. The French president personally went to Ray's doorstep in Calcutta to present him with the honor.
- Satyajit Ray could complete his first movie 'Pather Panchali' because The Chief Minister of Bengal financed him. After watching the movie CM suggested Satyajit Ray that he should change the sad ending of the movie. Thankfully Satyajit Ray did not take him seriously.
- Before the first scene of his first movie, Ray had never directed anything, as a cinematographer had never shot a film, and child actors were never screen tested.
- Ray won a special lifetime achievement award at the 1992 Oscars, some weeks before his death. He's was the second Indian to have won an Oscar.
- Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a number of awards at international film festivals.
- Great Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and Ray were friends. Kurosawa said of Ray's work, "To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without ever having seen the moon and the sun.".
Here is the interview, Satyajit Ray gave to a magazine:
Satyajit Honorary Oscar(1992):