Over 1,000 negatives of taking pictures stills both clicked by filmmaker Satyajit Ray or his shut confidants and the maestro’s correspondences along with his contemporaries have tumbled out from the closet of his Bishop Lefroy Street residence right here in the course of the ongoing lockdown interval.
The lifetime Oscar-winning director’s son Sandip Ray informed PTI on Saturday, the 99th birthday of the auteur, that it was at least a goldmine containing hitherto unknown negatives capturing completely different nonetheless frames of his movie shoots from the 50s until the early 90s.
“As an illustration when Baba began taking pictures the outside of Pather Panchali within the early 50s, he didn’t have a nonetheless photographer to file the happenings in contrast to in later years and lots of nonetheless frames had been captured by the movie’s artwork director Banshi Chandragupta. Baba himself additionally took nonetheless photographs,” Sandip mentioned.
The findings additionally embrace taking pictures nonetheless negatives of Aparajito and Apur Sansar in addition to later works like Charulata, Jalsaghar to call a couple of. Over 1,000 negatives of all these works had already been traced within the bins saved within the loft subsequent to the drawing room and in addition in a nook of the room by which the celebrated director used to spend so much of time whereas at dwelling, he mentioned.
“I believe we might have reached solely half of the overall assortment saved unknown within the bins in all these years. Additional search will unravel much more,” he mentioned.
A scene from Satyajit Ray’s Charulata.
Requested why it took so lengthy to search out out the ‘gems’ for movie aficionados and Ray lovers and movie historians, Sandip mentioned: “We had usually thought of opening the vault and test what lay inside, however didn’t have the required area and time.
“Nevertheless simply earlier than lockdown occurred we determined to start out the search operation in the course of the interval and look what we’ve stumbled upon already. We intend to make a lot of the lockdown interval to hold on our search. I’m positive it should throw up extra surprises.”
The findings additionally comprise of letters and telegrams to Ray from legendary international faces of cinema like Akira Kurosawa, Richard Attenborough and Arthur C Clarke aside from different letters despatched to Ray from numerous quarters.
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“As soon as we create a database of the collectives in future, it should assist in higher chronicling the time Baba was actively making movies. Restoring the negatives and make good high quality prints shall be one of many key steps. Throughout subsequent yr to commemorate the 100th delivery anniversary of him we’ll put these for show for the primary time,” Sandip mentioned.
Because the shifting of Ray’s base alongside along with his household from Lake Avenue, Lake Temple Street to his final tackle Bishop Lefroy Street, all his belongings was shifted from one place to a different and this was one purpose the boxful of treasures grew to become much less conspicuous with the passage of time mendacity on one aspect of the room.
“The information can elevate the gloom of lockdown,” Sandip mentioned, including the cleanup and search operation will proceed in the course of the interval. “This yr Ray followers and movie fans will be unable to go to our home on his delivery anniversary like earlier years. However they’ll at the least really feel pleased in getting the information of the invention,” he mentioned.
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