Satyajit Ray, the most successful Indian filmmaker in the international film circuits entered to the film field by constituting the first ever film society of India in Calcutta, along with Chitanandadas Gupta in 1947. He worked for creating awareness about good cinema among people by writing articles about cinema in periodicals. After seeing the film Bicycle Thieves at Landon, Ray decided his career as a filmmaker. While in ship on his way back to India he started the paper works for his first film based on Bibhutibushan Banergee's novel Pather Panchali. Ray started the work for his first film Pather Panchali in 1952 with money got by selling his house hold articles and got as credit form his friends due to non-availability of producer for his type of films. He completed the film in 1955 with the financial backing of the Government. It was the beginning of a historical journey of the greatest filmmaker of India. Pather Panchali won the 'Best Human Document', a special award at the 1956 Cannes International Film Festival. After the great success of Pather Panchali, Satyajith Ray made two more films based on the original novel, Aparajito and Apur Sansar to complete the Apu trilogy.
Satyajit Ray's film career spanning almost 30 films brought Indian cinema to the lime light in the international film arena. He was considered one among the best filmmakers in the world along with Kurasova and Bergman. The Berlin Film Festival in 1978 when selected the greatest three filmmakers, Satyajit Ray was one among them. The Academy of Motion Pictures honoured Ray by presenting him the Special Oscar for lifetime achievement.
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