Netflix attempted a love affair with Satyajit Ray’s short stories in its latest anthology titled Ray. Take a look at whether it was successful or not for the Janta.
The series is a tribute to the legendary auteur of India, Satyajit Ray for in accordance with completing 100 years in cinema. It is coveted with the cast of old as well as new talents, Ray seems to be a world of cinematic bliss with compelling storytelling and unforgettable performances. Srijit Mukherji, Vasan Bala, and Abhishek Chaubey take up helming responsibilities to portray four of Ray’s shorts – Spotlight (Bala), Bahurupi (Bahrupiya, Mukherji), Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram (Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, Chaubey), and Bipin Chowdhury’s Smritibhrom (Forget Me Not, Mukherji).
The series is presented as the modern retellings of the author-turned-filmmaker’s works. It promises to contextualize the much-celebrated man and his ideologies which surrounded a tumultuous Bengal of the ’60 till the ‘80s. The state was between the throes of liberalization and communism when he was making his art. When we actually come to think of it, our present times are no different either, maybe that’s why this film probably came at this particular time. What better reflection could be there of life than art. And Satyajit Ray was always interested in the complex form of humans. Hence there were never real heroes or villains in his works, or simple winners or losers. Could say no black and white drama just simply a reflection of real life.
It is clear that the four men leading the shorts – Manoj Bajpayee as Musafir Ali (Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa), Ali Fazal as Ipsit Rama-Nair (Forget Me Not), Kay Kay Menon (after a long time back on screen) as Indrashish Shah (Bahrupiya), and Harshvardhan Kapoor as Vikram Arora (Spotlight) – are indeed layered and obviously complex. They can even be termed lonely in their spheres despite fame, adulation, and wealth, but never are they fully human.
Take a look at how the Janta are reacting to this incredible try to tribute to the legendary auteur.
Have you watched the series yet? If you have then drop in comments your take of the series and if you haven’t what are you waiting for it is streaming on Netflix India. Watch the trailer of the film here!
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