Akira Kurosawa and Jean Renoir revered him, Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola and Wes Anderson are among the many filmmakers who have been inspired by him, and he’s considered one of the founding fathers of Indian cinema.
Ray specialised in a kind of cinematic naturalism in which the on-screen action unfolds in a manner that feels at once poetic and realistic. Ray’s films may at first feel quiet, gradual and undramatic, but it’s a testament to his skill as a storyteller that he gently folds us into their pace. His films have an irresistible knack for turning the ordinary into the exciting.
Read more of Sarah Jilani's introduction to the films of Satyajit Ray here.
Alongside his glittering directorial career, Ray was an accomplished graphic designer. Take a look at his wonderful film posters here.