TIFF’s presentation of Satyajit Ray’s legendary works opens with the filmmaker’s personal favourite, Charulata (The Lonely Wife, 1964), about a married woman snuffing out her literary talent to save her affair; Devi (The Goddess, 1960), in which a patriarch’s dream turns his daughter-in-law into a goddess incarnate; about a matinee idol’s insecurities; and Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players, 1977), a magnificent historical film in Hindi about the British overthrow of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh in 1856. Also showcased in the series are films by four Ray contemporaries: Ritwik Ghatak’s Partition masterpiece Subarnarekha (The Golden Thread, 1965); Aparna Sen’s Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002), which addresses communalism through a love story; Jago Hua Savera (Day Shall Dawn, 1959), directed by A.J. Kardar (born in Lahore, part of West Pakistan when the film was made), and shot in Bangladesh (then in East Pakistan); and Mani Kaul’s astonishing, avant-garde documentary Siddheshwari (1989). Works by more contemporary filmmakers include Amit Dutta’s breathtaking Nainsukh (2010), which drew inspiration from both Ray and Kaul, and Anik Dutta’s Aparajito (The Undefeated, 2022), a charming primer on how Ray made his first film.
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