“Aparajito” – A Tribute To Satyajit Ray

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Aparajito is a neatly made movie. The outside shoots are constrained to a rural panorama and the artwork branch skipped any try to recreate the Calcutta cityscape of the ’50s. The vintage transistor valve radio, the antique cars, the desk-and-chair format of the ad agency, the easy costumes and the black and white imagery blend to create a certainly antique canvas that makes the movie a splendid watch. What’s more, it makes you need to head again and watch Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali

The maximum hanging issue of the movie is the studies that has reputedly long past into developing the storyline and helped select the nearly best cast.  Jeetu we see on display is a spitting picture of the younger Ray, way to a few terrific prosthetics through make-up guy Somnath Kundu. And the actor merits a spherical of applause for recreating the mythical filmmaker so fluidly on display. And so do the alternative actors, mainly Sayoni, who performs Aparajito’s astute and innovative wife, for bringing to lifestyles the humans at the back of Ray’s success.
The real credit, however, goes to director and writer Anik Dutta, co-writer Utsav Mukherjee, DoP Supratim Bhol, and composer Debajyoti Mishra for creating a contemporary black-and-white commercial film that keeps you hooked until the very last shot — when Aparajito gets a call from a young Martin Scor-‘something’.

Furthermore, recreations of key scenes from Pather Panchali’s filming — the iconic train scene, the reflection of the dog following the siblings and the village sweets-seller, and the rain scene — are so well done that they transport you to the time when a young Ray and his team were actually filming the movie.

Even the criticism and rumours that Pather Panchali sparked following its release in Kolkata appear to be accurate. Various characters have been utilised to reproduce reactions to the film from an audience used to romantic films with lots of song-and-dance sequences, from being called’slow’ and ‘a touch lengthy’ to ‘cashing in on the West’s perception of India as a land of villages and poverty.’
Overall, Aparajito is a really well-made film that is far from “slow” or “poignant.” Despite being in black and white, it has worldwide appeal. It is worth the watch.

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