Sandip Ray

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Sandip Ray
সন্দীপ রায়
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Ray in Kolkata (2014)
Born (1953-09-08) 8 September 1953 (age 68)
OccupationFilm director, composer and music director
Years active1976–present
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Spouse(s)Lalita Ray
ChildrenSouradeep Ray
Parent(s)Satyajit Ray (father)
Bijoya Ray (mother)

Sandip Ray (Bengaliসন্দীপ রায়, Shôndip Rae ?; born 8 September 1953) is an Indian film director and music director who mainly works in Bengali cinema. He is the only child of the famous Bengali director Satyajit Ray and Bijoya Ray.

Life and education

Sandip Ray was born in Calcutta. Initially schooled at the South Point School and the Patha Bhavan, Kolkata, he subsequently attended the University of Calcutta.[1]


Ray started his professional career in film at the age of 24 as assistant director on the sets of his father's film Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players, 1977). Prior to this, he had aided his father in various capacities including still photographer on set. His own directorial debut was Phatik Chand (1983) based on Satyajit Ray's Fatik Chand – the film received an award in the International Children's Film Festival in Vancouver.

Sandip Ray is also a noted photographer. He was the director of photography on Satyajit Ray's last three films, Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People, 1989), Shakha Proshakha (The Branches of the Tree, 1990) and Agantuk (The Stranger, 1991).

Sandip Ray also guided the children's magazine Sandesh, which was founded by his great-grandfather Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, and continued by his grandfather Sukumar Ray and his father Satyajit Ray. From 1992, after the death of Satyajit, Sandip was the Joint Editor of the Sandesh. Since 2003 he has been the editor of the magazine.

Sandip Ray has recently come up with his account of the time he has had with Feluda, the famous Bengali detective created by his father, in a book named Aami aar Feluda, published by Deep Prakashan. Aami aar Feluda was one of the best sellers in the last Kolkata Book Fair. First published in the magazine Sukhi Grihokon as a short series, Aami aar Feluda retains the flavour of Ekei Bole Shooting, written by Satyajit Ray. Sandip's book deals with the background stories of all Feluda movies and telefilms. Aami aar Feluda is ghost-written by author Sebabrata Banerjee. Sebabrata has tried to follow the smart and fluent style of writing introduced by Satyajit Ray which has made the new Feluda number a good reading experience. He has made a video-documentary film on the late Kishore Kumar in the year 1989.

In 2003, Sandip Ray began working on adapting his father Satyajit Ray's original 1962 story Bankhubabur Bandhu into a Bengali television film of the same name.[2] The film, directed by Kaushik Sen, was eventually shown on Indian television in 2006.[3] He started to score background music for Feluda from the film Bombaiyer Bombete (2003). Sandip Ray used his first written thriller story for his own directed film Hitlist, 2009. In 2016, he directed a new Feluda film titled Double Feluda which is the sequel to Royal Bengal Rohosso (2011). During the shooting of Double Feluda, produced by Eros International, Sandip Ray filmed his father's famous library.[4]

Currently he is directing a new film titled Professor Shonku O El Dorado,[5] based on a story of Satyajit Ray's Professor Shonku series called Nakur Babu O El Dorado. The film will star veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee as Professor Shonku. The film is being produced by SVF Entertainment.[6]


Sandip Ray has directed the following TV films and movies:

  1. Shanku aar Feluda (2021) - To be released in December 2021. [7][8]
  2. Professor Shonku O El Dorado (2019)
  3. Double Feluda (Feluda movie, 2016)[9][10][11][12][13]
  4. Monchora (2016)
  5. Badshahi Angti (A stand-alone Feluda reboot, 2014)
  6. Chaar (2014)
  7. Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy (2012)
  8. Royal Bengal Rohosso (Feluda movie, 2011)
  9. Gorosthaney Sabdhan (Feluda movie, 2010)
  10. Hitlist (2009)
  11. Tintorettor Jishu (Feluda movie, 2008)
  12. Kailashey Kelenkari (Feluda movie, 2007)
  13. Nishijapon (2005)
  14. Bombaiyer Bombete (Feluda movie, 2003)
  15. Satyajiter Priyo Galpo (A series of seven TV films including one Feluda film, 2000)
  16. Dr. Munshir Diary (A TV film of Satyajiter Priyo Golpo TV film series, 2000)
  17. Eker Pithe Dui (unreleased series of 12 short films made for television, 2000)
  18. Satyajiter Goppo (A series of four TV films based on four Feluda mysteries and six short films based on six different stories of Satyajit Ray, 1999)[14]
  19. My Mother: A Freudian introspection (Documentary, 1997)
  20. Feluda 30 (A series of five TV films based on Feluda, 1996)
  21. Baksho Rahashya (first TV film of Feluda 30, 1996)
  22. Target (1995)[15]
  23. Uttoran (1994)
  24. Goopy Bagha Phire Elo (1992)
  25. Pregnant Silence: Conception of a Genius (A Documentary on a rather surprising personal triumph, 1991)
  26. Zindagi Ek Safar (A Homevideo Documentary on Kishore Kumar, 1989)
  27. Satyajit Ray Presents II ( Hindi TV film series, 1987)
  28. Kissa Kathmandu Ka Satyajit Ray Presents (Hindi TV film series, 1986)
  29. Phatik Chand (film) (Based on a story by Satyajit Ray, 1983), Directorial debut
  30. Hirak Rajar Deshe (Based on a story of Satyajit Ray, 1980) as Assistant Director and Still Photographer
  31. Trailer for Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari (1978)


  • Aami Aar Feluda (2006, ghost written by Sebabrata Banerjee)


  • Satyajit Ray felt Sandip was the best assistant (director) he ever had. (Satyajit) Ray told–[16]

    Sandip is handicapped by the additional weight of being my son. His latest work – The Return of Goopy & Bagha is hundred percent his own work. Only the plot and a few songs were mine. But the direction, the photography, the script were all Sandip's. In his handling of the camera, he is a master. His skill is better than mine. The bravura work of his cinematography is incomparable...

See also


  1. ^ Kumar, S. "Sandip Roy Profile Family Education Film Career - Bengali Film Director Sandip Roy - Kolkata Bengal Information".
  2. ^ "Close encounters with native E.T. finally real". The Times of India. 5 April 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  3. ^ "BANKUBABUR BANDHU & SAMUDRER MOUNA at Rangashankara". Events Bangalore. 11 October 2006. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  4. ^ Mukherjee, Amrita (22 November 2016). "Inside Satyajit Ray's famous study". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ Professor Shonku O El Dorado
  6. ^ Singh, Shiv Sahay (22 November 2020). "Satyajit Ray's Feluda and Professor Shanku to share screen". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Satyajit Ray's Feluda and Professor Shanku to share screen". The Hindu.
  8. ^ "Satyajit Ray's director son Sandip Ray to bring Feluda, Professor Shanku in same film". The Economic Times. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  9. ^ [1]. ABP Ananda
  10. ^ [2]. Anandabazar
  11. ^ [3]. The Times of India
  12. ^ [4]. dnaindia
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ Sandip Ray presents Satyajiter Gappo Archived 23 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "TARGET".
  16. ^ "Ray on Sandip". Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.

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