Culminating in an happy ending but only after some unexpected twists and turns, legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's real-life love story, revealed now by his wife, was nothing short of a typical Bollywood drama.
In her recently released autobiography Manik And I the late director's wife Bijoy Ray recalls how the couple dated for eight long years, married secretly and then made a clever plan to convince the two families for the match.
In the book published by Penguin, Bijoy recalls that she was friends with the Oscar-winning director, nicknamed Manik, since her teenage days but it was only in 1940 that they began to develop romantic feelings for each other while listening to music together every night.
Madly in love, the couple initially thought they would never be able to marry as their families wouldn't agree to the relationship.
"He was younger than me and a close relative. Marriage was therefore out of the question. The two of us decided to never marry. We wanted our lives to continue the way they were," Bijoya writes.
And when she shifted to Mumbai to find roles in films, Ray, who then used to work in an advertising agency, would write love letters and would often travel all the way from Kolkata to meet his girlfriend.