Tuesday, 02 May, 2.22 am Your Story

Your Story
Remembering the Godfather of Indian cinema: how Satyajit Ray changed the course of filmmaking

Salman Rushdie once observed: “Ray has invariably preferred the intimate story to the grand epic, and is the poet par excellence of the human-scale, life-sized comedy or tragedy of ordinary men and women, journeying, as we all journey, down little, but unforgettable roads.”

When I was a little girl, my grandmother would tell me stories of a little boy named Apu, his sister Durga, and how their famine-stricken family managed to locate the sun in an otherwise gloomy and poor colonial Bengal. While my seven-year-old brain couldn’t quite comprehend the social and economic connotations of this story (the story is set at the height of the British Raj), I do remember relating to the mischievous antics of Apu and Durga as they ran along the tracks, pulled tricks on cranky post-masters, and managed to find a reason to feel happy no matter the number of times they went to bed hungry.