Ray 100: 25 Great Scenes

How does one remember the great Satyajit Ray? To the Bengali he’s an inseparable part of life, who made populist entertainers even as he was making a splash at Cannes. A cinephile’s wet dream, who has left behind a body of work — 36 films — worthy of fanboying. He was quite simply one of the greatest filmmakers in the world — apart from being a beloved author and a cutting edge graphic designer, that is.

He was also a filmmaker’s filmmaker, an artist’s artist, whose technical mastery and emotional depths are perhaps best plumbed by… artists themselves. To mark the hundredth birth anniversary of the filmmaker then, we asked them (with some of us FC writers chipping in) to pick any one scene from a Ray film that’s close to their hearts. If you thought the appeal of his films is limited by language, culture, or a certain orientation of cinema, you’ll be surprised. What’s revealing about this list is the astonishing breadth of Ray's impact on a wide range of people: from directors and screen writers to a Carnatic vocalist, from a painter inspired by cinema to Bollywood music’s biggest hitmaker.

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Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

Imtiaz Ali

Filmmaker

Shatranj Ke Khilari

Shatranj Ke Khilari

Gajraj Rao

Actor

Charulata

Charulata

Dhritiman Chatterjee

Actor

Ghare Baire

Ghare Baire

Baradwaj Rangan

Team FC

Mahanagar

Mahanagar

Juhi Chaturvedi

Screenwriter

Jalsaghar

Jalsaghar

Nasreen Munni Kabir

Author

Monihara

Monihara

Prosit Roy

Filmmaker

Agantuk

Agantuk

Varun Grover

Lyricist & Screenwriter

Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjungha

Ronny Sen

Photographer & Filmmaker

Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

TM Krishna

Carnatic Vocalist

Devi

Devi

Vikramaditya Motwane

Filmmaker

Nayak

Nayak

Srijit Mukherji

Filmmaker

Pratidwandi

Pratidwandi

Atul Dodiya

Artist

Ashani Sanket

Ashani Sanket

Sankhayan Ghosh

Team FC

Samapti

Samapti

Alokananda Dasgupta

Composer

Aranyer Din Ratri

Aranyer Din Ratri

Vasan Bala

Filmmaker

Charulata

Charulata

Gurvinder Singh

Filmmaker

Aparajito

Aparajito

Pritam

Composer

Goopy Gayn Bagha Byne

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne

Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Filmmaker

Sonar Kella

Sonar Kella

Sohini Chattopadhyay

Film Writer

Charulata

Charulata

Anil Mehta

Cinematographer

Nayak

Nayak

Anupama Chopra

Team FC

Aparajito

Aparajito

Sudeep Chatterjee

Cinematographer

Parashpathor

Parash Pathar

Anik Dutta

Filmmaker

Apur Sansar

Apur Sansar

Avinash Arun

Cinematographer & Filmmaker