Historical Moments - Rare Film Stills & Film Posters by Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor & Others.
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) is a 1955 Bengali drama film written and directed by Satyajit Ray and produced by the Government of the Indian state of West Bengal. Based on Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay's Bengali 1929 novel of the same name, the film was the directorial debut of Ray. The first film of The Apu Trilogy, it depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the rural countryside of Bengal in the 1920s. Though the film had a shoestring budget, featured mostly amateur actors, and was made by an inexperienced crew, Pather Panchali was a critical and popular success.
Jalsaghar (The Music Room) is the fourth feature film directed by Satyajit Ray. Jalsaghar is a narration of the end days of a Zamindar in Bengal. The landlord, Roy (Chhabi Biswas), is a just but other-worldly man who loves to spend time listening to music and putting up spectacles rather than managing his fields ravaged by floods and the abolition of zamindari system by the Indian Government. He is challenged by a commoner who has attained riches through business dealings, in putting up spectacles and organizing music fests. This is the tale of a zamindar who has nothing left but respect, and sacrifices his family and wealth in trying to retain it.
Shatranj Ke Khilari
(The Chess Players) is a 1977 Indian film by Bengali director Satyajit Ray, based on Munshi Premchand's short story of the same name. Amjad Khan plays the role of Avadh king Wajid Ali Shah, and Richard Attenborough plays the role of General James Outram. The film also features the actors Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, David Abraham and Tom Alter. Unlike most of Ray's films, the dialogue in the film is in Urdu and Hindi. There is little dialogue but the fastidious research and sophisticated portrayal of clashing cultures earned acclaim from both film critics and historians of the period.
It is a 1966 film written and directed by Satyajit Ray. It was Ray's second entirely original screenplay (after Kanchenjungha). The story concerns a matinee idol (played by Uttam Kumar) on a cross-country train journey, who is placed in the midst of various psychodramas unfolding among a varied cast of mostly wealthy characters.
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
It is a 1960 Hindi film directed by Radhu Karmakar. The film stars Raj Kapoor, Pran and Padmini.
The team of Shankar Jaikishan wrote music for the film, which includes the hit songs penned by Shailendra"O Basanti", "Jis desh men ganga behti hai" and "Aa ab lout chalen."It won the Filmfare Award for Best Movie, Filmfare Best Acto( Raj Kapoor), Best Editing (G.G. Mayekar) and Best Art Direction( M.R. Acharekar)
It is a 1949 Bollywood film directed by Raj Kapoor. The film stars the famous duo of Kapoor and Nargis as well as Prem Nath. It was also the introduction of actress Nimmi in her first film role. Barsaat was one of the first major hit films directed by Kapoor. This success allowed Kapoor to buy RK Studios in 1950. The music of Barsaat became famous upon the film's release in 1949. The film was the debut for music directors Shankar Jaikishan and established their careers.