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GHONIYE ELO GHUMER GHOR, GAANER PALA SHANGO MOR

GHONIYE ELO GHUMER GHOR, GAANER PALA SHANGO MOR

Postby manikjethu on Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:07 am

No one would have been able to make such a touching documentary on the legendary Sukumar Ray than his own son. No doubt, the Master had been more than able to uphold the family name, something that his mother Suprobha had ensured.

Though Satyajit Ray was an agnostic, his father Sukumar was a devout Brahmo. Bed-ridden for long, Sukumar knew that his end was near. In a rather longish poem penned on his death-bed, Sukumar wrote: "GHONIYE ELO GHUMER GHOR, GAANER PALA SHANGO MOR" (sleep engulfs me, my song draws to a close). Soumitro Chatterjee's recitation is brilliant. When Sukumar died, his son Satyajit was a little over two years. That same son had made this documentary, ironically after recovering from a major heart operation (he underwent a bypass) himself.

Soumitro Chatterjee had done a remarkable job with his commentary. Even as Rama in LOKKHONER SHOKTISHEL, Sukumar Ray's comical short play filmed for the documentary, he has excelled as always. No doubt, he remained the Master's favorite actor.
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