Satyajit Ray’s contribution to Indian cinema, with more than a hundred credits combined in writing, directing and musical composition to his credit, is felt through the respect for his films. IMDb celebrates the prolific filmmaker’s centenary by looking back at some of his film gems that have won national awards and are also top rated by IMDb users: the award-winning national films of Satyajit Ray – IMDb
Sonar Kella – IMDb Rating: 8.4
Sonar Kella is a compelling comedic thriller for children of all ages. This story is based on Mukul and his memories of past life. He becomes a target for crooks after claiming to remember his past life and mentioning precious jewelry in a golden fortress. Private detective Feluda and his cousin Topshe are hired by an angry man to care for Mukul, his gifted child, who is in Rajasthan with a parapsychologist to find a treasure from his past life.
Satyajit Ray won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Director, the Sliver Lotus Award for Best Screenplay and the Regional Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne Note IMDb 8.8
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne is based on the adventures of two villagers – Goopy and Bagha, the two musicians. Luckily, despite their keen interest in music, neither nature had bestowed on them the gift of music. When Goopy and Bagha annoy the king, they are exiled from their villages, where they stumble upon the Ghost King, who gives them three magical advantages, and it is now that the adventure begins and the intrigue occurs. This one is not only appreciated by children, but also by adults. Satyajit Ray won the Gold Lotus Award for Best Director and the President’s Gold Medal for Best Feature Film.
Hirak Rajar Deeshe – IMDb Rating 8.9
This film is a sequel to the 1969 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne film and focuses on the ever-deteriorating state of state administration and public welfare in the country. Goopy and Bagha are invited to play for the king. The ruler of the Diamond Kingdom oppresses and exploits his people. When the duo discover Hirak Raja’s tyranny, they try to right him with the help of Udayan, a schoolteacher, and their magical powers. Satyajit Ray won the regional award for best Bengali film and the Silver Lotus award for best musical director
Agantuk – IMDb 8.1 Rating
Agantuk or The Stranger is a Bengali film. The film revolves around a stranger who visits a family and pretends to be the woman’s long lost uncle. The initial distrust with which they greet the man slowly dissolves as he regales them with tales of his travels, tales that are at odds with their conventional middle-class view of the world. Won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Director and Best Feature Film
Pather Panchali – IMDb Rating 8.6
Apu and his sister Durga try to make the most of their life of misery. Soon, when their father goes to town for a job and their mother becomes more and more bitter, things turn sour. The film was adapted from the 1928 novel of the same name by Bengali writer Bibhutibhushan Bandhopadhyay. This film by Satyajit Ray won the President’s Gold Medal Award for Best Feature Film and the Regional Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali
Ashani Sanket – IMDb Rating 8.1
Ashani Sanket is a tragic story set against the backdrop of the 1943 man-made famine in Bengal. As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions in Bengal, Gangacharan tries to preserve her privileged position, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community. Won the Silver Lotus Award for Best Music Director and the Regional Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali
Sadgati – IMDb Rating 8.0
Based on Premchand’s story, Sadgati is a grim reminder of the harsh realities of Indian society and the injustice perpetrated by the cruel caste system that exists to this day. The film shows how Dukhi, an untouchable, goes to the village priest to fix the date of his daughter’s wedding. The priest accepts on condition that Dukhi works for him for free. This heartbreaking story is a mirror of society. This film by Satyajit Ray won a Special Jury Prize at the National Awards 1982
Joi Baba Felunath – IMDb Rating 8.0
The story is based on a detective who takes a vacation with his cousin and a friend. They meet a man who approaches them with the case file involving a lost golden idol and that’s when the detective begins to investigate the case. This one has all the makings of drama and suspense that make it the perfect entertainment.
Won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Children’s Film
Jana Aranya – IMDb Rating 8.4
This film depicts how a bright, idealistic young man prepares for the dog-eating dog business world, only to wade through a job market filled with thousands of other hopes.
Won the Gold Lotus Award for Best Director
Pratidwandi – IMDb Rating 8.1 Rating on IMDb
Pratidwandi is the story of a young university graduate who is struggling to find a job. He lives in an apartment with his younger sister who works, his revolutionary brother and his widowed mother. Family friction and his continued unsuccessful search for a job put unbearable pressure on him, causing him to hallucinate. The pressure, amplified by the tense and impersonal surroundings of Calcutta, leads to a devastating conclusion.
Won the Silver Lotus Award for Best Screenplay and 2nd Best Feature Film, and the Gold Lotus Award for Best Director
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