Ray’s cinema

The tender story of Postmaster Nandalal and his pre-adolescent housekeeper Ratan in a small village can’t be told in a simpler language. The most enjoyable scene of the film is a get-together of old men of the village for a music session.

Mahanagar is about Arati, Subroto and their struggle in a lower middle class family. Arati’s growing self-confidence and Subroto’s insecurity are so naturally portrayed.

Naya’ is the story of a lonely film actor. Like every one else he needs sympathy and understanding. I can’t think of anyone other actor than Uttam Kumar as ‘Nayak’. Nayak’s interesting conversation with an old fellow passenger was simply beautiful.

I can’t remember how many times I have seen ‘Sonar Kella’, especially after moving to Jaipur. This,film is about a young boy’s memories of his previous life in Rajasthan. There is no suspense; still there is so much suspense.

Jana Aranya is about a middleman in a scarce job market. The understanding between Somnath and his sister-in-law was brilliantly written, as well as portrayed.

Agantuk is a statement on our value system. Choto Kaka, who is visiting his niece after 35 years is treated as a stranger with suspicion. My favourite scene in the film is when the niece visits a Santhal village and there she hesitatingly joins the performing dance group, arranged by Choto Kaka. Uncle is pleased. ‘Now I have no doubt that she is my sister’s daughter’, he quips.

Shakha Proshakha is the story of an idealist father and his not-so-idealistic sons. In spite of the personal success, father’s sense of failure comes from the fact that his ideals and values have not seeped into the conscience of his sons. Unfortunately this was Ray’s last film.