Madhabi Mukherjee was probably the most celebrated heroines within the ‘60s and ‘70s and a few of her most cherished movies have been with stalwart Satyajit Ray. The grasp director, who would have turned hundred as we speak made movies that put Indian cinema on the world map and his movies with Mukherjee, particularly Mahanagar and Charulata stay a pleasure of Bengali cinema even as we speak.
Remembering the Apur Sansar director, Madhabi Mukherjee recollects how he would maintain everybody entertained on the set whereas a shot was being ready, “When people ask me about my experience of working with the stalwart in the film, I only say he was a great teacher who used to make things easy for the team. The way he used to explain every shot was unique — every scene would get etched in our minds. I still remember how cinematographer Subrata Mitra would take hours to perfect the lighting for some scenes. So, to keep us engaged, Satyajit Ray would show us some magic tricks. Everyone on the sets enjoyed that and we would all get charged up for the next shot.”
She additional added that Bengali Cinema was way more developed than Hindi cinema again in these days and Satyajit Ray was a giant cause for that. She then stated, “In our days, we were rather uppity about Bengali cinema, which was so much more superior to Hindi films. But there has been a change, and one failed to grasp that Bengali cinema had long been overtaken by Hindi film.”