All B&W Satyajit Ray movie prints restored, to be shown to audience soon: Sandeep Ray
Many of Ray’s early works were damaged due to exposure to time and the elements, but painstaking work by a foundation has seen the prints restored and inscribed.
The younger Ray said that he did not want to take up projects on which his father wanted to make films, but could not do so on the Mahabharata character Karna.
“We don’t want to work on them (the shelved projects) because only Satyajit Ray could have done justice to them,” he added.
Speaking about his own plans, he said that another ‘Feluda’ (a detective character created by his father) novel would soon be taken up for adaptation, casting actor Indranil Sengupta who appeared in the last Feluda film on the big screen. Gave a convincing performance, ‘Hayatipuri’ (Murder in Puri), in the lead role of the fictional super-spy.
Emphasizing that more films on the adventures of Feluda be made for the big screen in the future, Sandeep Ray clarified in response to a question, “We have no problem if Feluda’s stories are adapted for net-based platforms. There can be creative liberties. But we hope the spirit of the main story is retained in the adaptation.”
Sandeep said that directors like Srijit Mukherjee and now Arindam Sil, who are adapting Feluda in OTT, are both talented filmmakers and he has full faith in them.
The younger Ray also indicated that he is making a second film based on one of his father’s fictional characters, Prof Shonku, a slightly eccentric scientist and inventor who lives with his cat named after Sir Issac Newton.