Starmark, Kolkata’s leading bookstore chain, hosted the launch of eminent actor and writer Barun Chanda’s book—‘Satyajit Ray: The Man Who Knew Too Much’. The book has been published by Om Books International. Eminent filmmaker Srijit Mukherji released the book in the presence of a select audience. The launch was followed by a discussion on the book and on Satyajit Ray, moderated by Avik Chanda. The author, along with Srijit Mukherji and Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, took part in this discussion. Also present on this occasion were Dhritiman Chatterjee and Siddhartha Chatterjee, both of whom featured in Satyajit Ray’s films.
Satyajit Ray’s Seemabaddha (1971), a stinging indictment of the corporate rat race, remains one of the iconic filmmaker’s most feted works. It starred debutant Barun Chanda, who won a special prize for his performance. Now, fifty years later, Barun Chanda documents his experience of working in the film and being directed by Satyajit Ray, someone he describes as ‘the man who knew too much’. But Satyajit Ray: The Man Who Knew Too Much is more than just an account of the making of a film. The author also presents a detailed and informative study of the various avatars of Ray as a filmmaker: his sense of script and ear for dialogues, his instinctive grasp of the nuances of music, his penchant for casting non-actors and ability to get the perfect face for a role, his genius in designing a film’s title sequence. Insightful and informed by a rare understanding of the master’s works…this is an invaluable addition to the corpus of work on Satyajit Ray.