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Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer: A Biography of Soumendu Roy

Soumendu Roy today is widely known for his long association with Satyajit Ray.

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AUTHOR Devapriya Sanyal
publisher HarperCollins 
TITLE Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer- A Biography of Soumendu Roy
ISBN13 9789352770342
LANGUAGE English
BINDING Paperback
Price 299

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Soumendu Roy today is widely known for his long association with Satyajit Ray. He was Ray`s cinematographer for a generation of films that is celebrated the world over even now. Witness to a great genius, Roy also carved a niche for himself in his own right, working with other stalwarts of Bengali cinema like Tapan Sinha and Buddhadeb Dasgupta, among others. Born into a humble family in 1932, Soumendu Roy`s love for the camera was kindled early on - when his sister promised him a Kodak Brownie camera if he passed the board exams. Pass his exams he did, but he thought nothing of leaving academics and joining the Technicians` Studio in Kolkata when opportunity knocked. He experienced his first outdoor shoot on the sets of Pather Panchali - as caretaker of the Mitchell camera that was used for the shooting - the film that put Satyajit Ray and Indian cinema on the world map. He then went on to assist Ray`s pioneering cinematographer Subrata Mitra in a number of films, before becoming an independent cinematographer in 1960 with Ray`s documentary Rabindranath Tagore. Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer is the behind-the-scenes story of one of the finest camerapersons India has known, his childhood experiences, his love of the `moving picture`, the many intricacies of film-making, and the painstaking toil and unexpected turn of luck that are required in equal measure to succeed. This book is a must-read for all film aficionados.

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Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer: A Biography of Soumendu Roy

Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer: A Biography of Soumendu Roy

Soumendu Roy today is widely known for his long association with Satyajit Ray.

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