Satyajit Ray's son Sandip Ray turns focus on supernatural
Filmmaker Sandip Ray has moved from the world of mystery to the eerie by narrating his father Satyajit Ray's ever-green short stories in his new film.
Ray's writings again find a prominent place in Sandip's new film "Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy" (where ghosts prevail).
Sandip's series of films on the exploits of super sleuth Feluda, a creation of Ray, are runaway hits with both children and adults.
"Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy" is a collage of three short stories, two of which are by Satyajit Ray and the other by another legendary writer Saradindu Bandyopadhyay.
Hoping his film would be received well by viewers, Sandip said it's making was timely too as it followed the super success of "Bhooter Bhabisyot" which did well at the box office.
"After the success of "Bhooter Bhabisyot" and some other ghost stories, I began tinkering with the script which originally centred around four stories," he told PTI.
"Baba (father Satyajit) had an uncanny grasp on eerie subjects and I just had to go by his narrative scene building to recreate the look and feel," he said.
The film features two Ray short stories – Anathbabur Bhoy and Brown Saheber Bari - besides another popular Bengali writer Saradindu Bandyopadhyay's hilarious ghost tale 'Bhoot Bhabisyot'. "Both Baba and Saradindu were keen observers of people's psyche, evident in the way they handled the characters and plotted the developments," Sandip said.
Asked why he usually stuck to the detective and ghost genre of films, Sandip said, "Both detectives and spirits remained forever favourites of Bengalis, not the spine-chilling dracula types but friendly ghosts."
The director noted that the audience had also evolved over the years, indicated by the success of 'Bhooter Bhabisyot' which could be enjoyed both at the intelligent and base level.
"A ghost story can no longer be a ghost story with special effects, but it has to have cerebral contents. I think the tales told by both Satyajit and Saradindu fit that bill perfectly."