Satyajit Ray most popular as a maker of feature length films, shorts and documentaries was a polymath personality as an illustrator, a composer and a film critic.
It is a tragedy however that many might not be aware of him being cherished as a fiction writer, especially the beloved of children.
Feluda and Professor Shonku, a private detective and a scientist are two of the most popular characters from Feluda Series and the series on Professor Shonku’s adventures were gems added to Bengali Children’s Literature by Ray.
While there is no end to admiring the thirty-two national award winner, a recipient of Oscar, Dadasaheb Phalke and Padma Bhushan it has always been a temptation for filmmakers, to attempt making his stories.
Sujoy Ghosh, the director of Kahaani and its sequel and Jhankaar Beats is therefore reasonably excited about making ‘Anukul’.
“Finally. I get to make a Satyajit Ray story. Short film but one step at a time,” he tweeted.
His 2015 short Ahalya, a 14-minute thriller created quite a stir, especially in the Hindi Film Industry starting a trend amongst Film-makers here to indulge in short film making.
This time Ghosh is set to get back with one of his top ten stories ‘Anukul’ written by none other than Ray.
The highly imaginative and geeky Satyajit Ray’s ‘Anukul’ begins with a well-to-do Bengali man buying a highly anthropomorphized robotic housekeeper. The story develops around how his relationship with this man alters, and tackles big ideas such as intelligence vs. instinct, loyalty and robotic “feelings”. Speaking of which, the sci-fi audience is feeling very hopeful of getting enthralled Mr Sujoy Ghosh