Ray Worked with a Superlative Team: Victor

RBN Web Desk: Veteran actor Victor Banerjee has said that auteur Satyajit Ray worked with a superlative team of technicians that helped him make world class films. Each of the members in his crew, Victor said, were leaders in their own field.

The 71-year old actor made his film debut with Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) and then worked with him again in Ghare Baire (1984).

Speaking to the media recently about his experience of working with Ray, Victor said, “Some of his technicians were an institution themselves with sound knowledge of their respective domains. Cinematographer Subrata Mitra, production designer Bansi Chandragupta and editor Dulal Dutta were three such men.”

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Victor said, “I watched Devdas and Black in the recent past, both directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The sets were so overdone that the audience would notice the actors less and the props more. Bansi Chandragupta’s production design, on the other hand, was understated and it complemented the film. He had a firm belief in himself and sometimes even rejected Ray’s suggestions. His sets were so lifelike and genuine that people failed to differentiate between the real and fake. After watching Dhritiman Chatterjee in Black, I wondered, what was he doing in that huge house with odd sculptures randomly put in different places.”

Both Victor and Dhritiman were Ray finds and went on to work with several top directors.

Image: Times of India

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