Sandip Ray

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Sandip Ray
Sandip Ray - Kolkata 2014-12-02 0885.JPG
Sandip Ray in Kolkata. Dec.2014
Born (1953-09-08) 8 September 1953 (age 62)
Kolkata, India
Occupation Film director
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Lalita Ray
Children Souradip Ray (son)
Parent(s) Satyajit Ray (father)
Bijoya Ray (mother)

Sandip Ray (Bengali: সন্দীপ রায় Shôndip Rae) (born 8 September 1953) is an Indian film director who mainly works in Bengali cinema. He is the only child of the noted Bengali director Satyajit Ray and Bijoya Ray.


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


He started his professional career in film at the age of 22 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 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, 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 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. Currently he is busy in making film on 'Tarini Khuro' which is also an interesting character created by Satyajit Ray besides Feluda and Prof. Shanku. He has also planned for filming Prof. Shanku in 2016.


Sandip Ray has directed the following TV Movies and films:

  1. Monchora (2016) .
  2. Badshahi Angti (2014) (Released on 19th December 2014).
  3. Chaar (2014)
  4. Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy (2012)
  5. Royal Bengal Rohosso (2011)
  6. Gorosthaney Sabdhan (2010)
  7. Hitlist (2009)
  8. Tintorettor Jishu (2008)
  9. Kailashey Kelenkari (2007)
  10. Bonkubabur Bondhu (Telefilm, 2006)
  11. Nishijapon (2005)
  12. Bombaiyer Bombete (2003)
  13. My Mother: A Freudian introspection (Documentary, 2002)
  14. Satyajiter Priyo Galpo (7 short films, 2001)
  15. Eker Pithe Dui (12 short films, 2001)
  16. Dr. Munshir Diary (10th Feluda Telefilm, 2000)
  17. Satyajiter Gappo (4 Feluda TV films, 1998–99)[4]
  18. Himghar (1996)
  19. Feluda 30 (TV Film Series, 1996–98) (5 Telefilms include Baksho Rahashya)
  20. Baksho Rahashya (Telefilm, 1996)
  21. Target (1995)[5]
  22. Uttoran (1994)
  23. Goopy Bagha Phire Elo (1993)
  24. Pregnant Silence: Conception of a Genius (A Documentary on a rather surprising personal triumph, 1991)
  25. Zindagi Ek Safar (A Documentary on Kishore Kumar, 1988)
  26. Satyajit Ray Presents II (4 short films, 1987)
  27. Satyajit Ray Presents (13 short films, 1986)
  28. Kissa Kathmandu Ka (Telefilm, 1986)
  29. Phatik Chand (1983)


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


  • Satyajit Ray felt Sandip was the best assistant (director) he ever had. (Satyajit) Ray told–[6]

    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...


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