July 25, 2020

A Ray Of Light - Nemai Ghosh

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Atmospheric Documentary

Nemai Ghosh (8 May 1934 – 25 March 2020 was a noted Indian photographer most known for working with Satyajit Ray, as a still photographer for over two decades, starting with Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969) until Ray's last film Agantuk (1991)

He was a jury member at the 2007 National Film Awards and was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2010.

He died on 25 March 2020. He was 85.
nemai ghosh in his study

A Film by Anirban Mitra & Tirtho Dasgupta

Nemai Ghosh: A Ray of Light' is an immensely moving story of how an ordinary man came to be associated with Satyajit Ray, a giant of cinema--and how he became the photo-chronicler of Ray's creative and personal world. It pays tribute to the elegance of black and white films and analogue photography.

The cinematography has been specifically designed to reflect Chiaroscuro-the blending of light and shade which both Ray and Ghosh admired and followed in the footsteps of Henri Cartier-Bresson. This is the story of an inspiring friendship, of the pursuit of artistic excellence and of a journey that started fifty years ago.

The film deals with the world of Master film maker the late Satyajit Ray as seen by his photo-biographer Nemai Ghosh-through his lenses and personal reflections. The subject is the beginning and progress of Ghosh's journey in photography in the era of classic, analogue medium with all its nuances and beauty. A touching human narrative depicting 25 years of creative association and 50 years of continuing journey in visual art.

Anirban Mitra

Tirtho Dasgupta came to Offbeat to record the voice over for this astonishing film. A labour of love, Tirtho needed to know that the final piece of the puzzle, the commentary, matched the quality of the film and the voice over was brilliantly performed by Mark Mansell.

A RAY OF LIGHT

AWARDS

Singapore South Asian Film Festival Award 2019
Washington DC South Asian Film festival Award 2019
Portoviejo Film Festival Award
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes Award 2019

It was also selected for the following Festivals

• Jaipur International Film Festival 2019
• 24th Kolkata International Film Festival 2019
• The Kolkata Shorts International Film festival 2018
• Calcutta International Film Festival 2019
• 8th Dada Saheb Phalka Film Festival 2018
• 4th International Film Festival Shimla 2019
• New Delhi Film Festival NDFF International 2018
• Asia Independent 2018
• 9th Jagran Film Festival 2018
• 7th Delhi International Film Festival New Delhi 2019

"It is also worth mentioning the  splendid voice over recording at Offbeat studio. It is one of the assets of the film and is highly praised everywhere". Tirtho Dasgupta 2020.

SATYAJIT RAY

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