May 2, 2013
Today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to Satyajit Ray’s 92nd Birthday.
Seeing the doodle, my memories went down the lane when I was a kid and Doordarshan was the only option I had to watch movies. Entertainment for us is the occasional Tamil movies played on Sunday afternoon and Friday evenings Oliyum Oliyum.
By occasional Tamil movies, I meant those tamil movies which won National Award for Best Movie. I remember only watching Balu Mahendra’s Veedu again and again. Apart from that movie, the only other movie I remember watching is Pather Panchali with sub titles.
As a kid, all I remember about the movie is Durga and Apu running in the fields (exactly what’s in the doodle page today). Honestly I didn’t understand the movie by then. I was too young to read and understand the subtitles too… but the scene in which they were running, always stayed fresh in the memories (I didn’t even know the movie is in Bengali)
Few years ago, when I was reading an article about Satyajit Ray, I wanted to watch the movie again and I did. This time the movie made more sense. I am not a person, who goes deep in to see the technical usage in a movie. I don’t mind how well the camera is used or how good or bad the movie is edited. That’s just because simply I don’t know. I look into the story. Generally movies about poverty, death, tragedy or major social issues (or so called reality cinema) would either make me depressing or guilty. But this one didn’t really. May be because beyond poverty and illness Durga and Apu always find their joy and happiness in simple things.
I heard this movie is one of the firsts of its kind (though I watched a handful of such kinds before actually watching this). I wonder what influenced Satyajit Ray to make a movie like this.
I must agree this one is a difficult watch. Though my childhood memories drived me to watch the entire movie, I am yet to watch the other two movies to complete the Apus Trilogy.May be some time in Future, I should.
Told many times by many people, just couldn’t avoid putting here.
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.