My Years With Apu
The Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray tells the story behind the making of his three films, the 'Apu' trilogy. Completed shortly before his death, the memoir covers the key aspects of his career: his decision to give up a lucrative job in advertising in order to make his first film, early setbacks, a chronic shortage of funds, the guidance and support of directors such as Jean Renoir, his solutions to problems, and the acclaim for his films at home and abroad.
Satyajit Ray (1921-92) was one of the greatest film-makers of his time, known for iconic works like Pather Panchali, Charulata, Aranyer Din Ratri and Ghare Baire. He was awarded an Oscar for lifetime achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in 1992; that year he was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna.
Ray was also a writer of repute, and his short stories, novellas, poems and articles, written in Bengali, have been immensely popular since they were first published in the children's magazine Sandesh in 1961. Among his most famous creations are the master sleuth Feluda and the scientist Professor Shonku.
Bijoya Ray (1918-2015) spent the first thirteen years of her life in Patna where her father worked as a barrister.Her family moved to Calcutta in 1931, where she and Satyajit Ray happened to stay in the same house. She went on to become an accomplished singer and recorded her songs with Hindustan Records. After graduating, she joined the Bengali film industry and also went to Bombay. It was while she was in Bombay, in 1948, that she got married to Satyajit Ray. When Ray revived Sandesh in 1961, Bijoya became an occasional contributor. After her husband's death in 1992, she became one of the editors of Sandesh.