On his 90th birthday today, Satyajit Ray has earned many a tribute from Hollywood, thanks to his motto, “Hollywood taught me what to do and what not to do.” Many veterans from the West have words of praise for the acclaimed auteur:
Sir Richard Attenborough:
He had mastery on every aspect of filmmaking and I clearly remember he asked me to express my feelings through my eyes and one movement of the Adam’s Apple in a scene in one of the films I did with him.
If there is one director with whom I never worked, but hold in high esteem, it is Satyajit Ray. His handling of women in each of his films is a lesson for any director anywhere in the world.
Not even in Hollywood do we have a director of Ray’s calibre today. When special effects and technical superiority was unknown to cinema, he created master pieces in the simplest of form. I still wonder how fabulously he used Madhabi Mukherjee’s eyes in mid and tight close ups in Charulata.
As told to Ranjan Das Gupta