Nemai Ghosh, who was Satyajit Ray's photographer for over 2 decades, passes away in Kolkata

The lensman's association with Ray began in 1969 with 'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne'.

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Nemai Ghosh at the launch of his book 'Manik-Da, Memories of Satyajit Ray'.
KOLKATA: Veteran photographer Nemai Ghosh, who had a long association with directing great Satyajit Ray, passed away at a city hospital on Wednesday morning here, his family said. He was 86.

Nemai Ghosh, who was admitted to SSKM Hospital a couple of days ago, died of cardiac arrest at around 11.30 am, his photographer son Satyaki Ghosh told PTI.

Nemai Ghosh had been suffering from age-related ailments for past few years.


Most known for working with Satyajit Ray as a still photographer who captured the master craftsman in different moods at sets besides framing actors as they faced camera for over two decades, Nemai Ghosh debuted with 'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne' (1969) and was with Satyajit Ray till his last film 'Agantuk' (1991).

File Photo: ​Jyoti Basu with Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen at the inauguration of Nandan on 2nd Sept, 1985.​
File Photo: Jyoti Basu (2nd L) with directors Satyajit Ray (L) and Mrinal Sen (R) at the inauguration of Nandan on 2nd Sept, 1985.

Satyajit Ray's son, director Sandip Ray said Nemai Ghosh's death is a "personal loss" for him.

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"Nemai kaku (uncle) had been visiting our home and became part of family since 1968. Baba used to like him very much," he said.

Sandip Ray's wife and costume designer Lolita Ray said they are "deeply saddened" over Nemai Ghosh's death.

A Padma Shri recipient, Nemai Ghosh had also penned books such as 'Manik Da: Memoirs of Satyajit Ray', which are invaluable references for Ray enthusiasts.

He also served as a jury member at the 2007 National Film Awards.

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In his approximately 43 years of film-making career, Satyajit Ray donned many hats.

His contribution to India as a director, music composer, screenplay writer, illustrator and author has been remarkable.

After dedicating his life to a total of 36 movies, the Bharat Ratna awardee was also fêted with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1984, among other international honours.

On his 98th birth anniversary, here are some of his greatest films that you should add to your must-watch list.
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In 1955, Satyajit Ray made his directorial debut with the classic 'Pather Panchali' (Song of the Road).



Based on the novel of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, the movie shows the struggles of a character named Apu and his poor family living in a rural ancestral home. Due to the unavailability of money, Apu's family experiences joy, poverty, hunger, grief and even death.



The other movies from Apu's life are 'Aparajito' (The Unvanquished) and 'Apur Sansar' (The World of Apu), released in 1956 and 1959, respectively.



Ray's most-famous film was made on a restricted budget of merely Rs 1,50,000, and in a span of three years. This first in 'Apu' trilogy has become the only Indian movie to make it to the BBC's 100 best foreign language films list in 2018, and won the 1956 Cannes award for 'Best Human Document'.

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Released in 1966, 'Nayak' (The Hero) was Satyajit Ray's second original screenplay after his 1962 movie 'Kanchenjungha'.



Shot inside a train, the movie is about a 24-hour train journey where a young journalist (played by Sharmila Tagore), interviews a famous movie star (played by Uttam Kumar) for her magazine. As the story progresses, the bond between the two develops, and the journalist understands the lonely man behind his fame.



The same year, the Bengali movie bagged the Critics' Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. It also received a National Award for the 'Best Feature Film' category in 1967.

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Greatly inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's novel, Satyajit Ray wanted to direct Ghare Baire (The Home and the World) for the longest time. The director had written the initial draft of the script in 1940s.



It took Ray one year to complete the film with a lot of help from his son Sandip in handling the camera as the director suffered a heart attack.



Set in 1907 during the Bengal partition, the story revolves around a love triangle, when a landowner's wife falls in love with his close friend. After the landlord finds out about it, he gives his wife the freedom to follow her heart as she should have a life inside and outside home.



The movie bagged 3 National Awards for 'Best Feature Film', 'Best Supporting Actor' - Biswajit Dutt, and 'Best Costume Design' at the 32nd National Film Awards.

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Based on writer Munshi Premchand's short story, Satyajit Ray directed 'Shatranj Ke Khilari' (The Chess Players) in 1977. It was his only Hindi film production.


Set during the eve of 1857's rebellion, the movie is about two wealthy Nawabs who get overthrown by the East India Company. The noblemen are obsessed with chess, and focus all their energies on it. More so, the men flee to a village leaving behind their families and kingdom.


Ray's first and only feature film in Hindi language had a talented star cast - Sanjeev Kumar, Shabana Azmi, Saeed Jaffrey, Farida Jalal, Amjad Khan, Victor Banerjee, Farooq Sheikh and Tom Alter. Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan was the narrator of the movie.

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Based on a children's story by Satyajit Ray’s grandfather Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury, 'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne' (The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha) remains an all-time classic. In this musical journey, a singer and drummer are granted with three wishes from the King of Ghosts. Ray was unable to shoot the film in colour as it was difficult for him to arrange finance.



The series also included sequels like 'Hirak Rajar Deshe' (1980) and 'Goopy Bagha Phire Elo' (1992). The latter was written by Ray himself, but was directed by his son, Sandip.



Inspired by Ray's musical fantasy after a period of 51 years, the animated-version of the film by director Shilpa Ranade released on 1 March earlier this year.

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