As part of a year-long tribute of famous filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s 100th birthday, Netflix India is poised to premiere its four-part Original series Ray. Here’s a thorough guide to the show before it starts streaming. Ray will be available on Netflix India on Friday, June 25th.
Spotlight, Bahurupi, Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram (Barin Bhowmick’s Ailment), and Bipin Chowdhury’r Smritibhrom (Bipin Chowdhury’s Memory Loss) are four of Satyajit Ray’s stories that inspired the drama series.
Bahrupiya is based on Bahurupi and tells the storey of a hapless man whose life is turned upside down when he discovers the last copy of his grandmother’s prosthetic makeup guide. With the notebook in hand, he sets out to confront anyone who he believes has wronged him.
Ray’s Bipin Chowdhury’r Smritibhrom influenced Forget Me Not. The plot centres around a corporate shark with a photographic memory. All is well until he had an accidental encounter with a woman he can’t recall. This drives him into a cycle of uncertainty and self-doubt.
Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa is a retelling of Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram that follows a mysterious ghazal singer and an ex-wrestler turned sports journalist on a railway journey. As they learn more about each other, they find that they met ten years ago on a similar train trip.
Harshvardhan Kapoor plays Vikram Arora, a young actor, while Akansha Ranjan Kapoor plays his fiancée, Chandan Roy Sanyal plays his friend and manager, and Radhika Madan plays a religious leader in the film Spotlight. Vasan Bala, of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota fame, directed the short.
Kay Kay Menon plays Indrashish Shaha, a man who wishes to follow his dream of becoming a makeup artist, Bidita Bag plays an actress, and Rajat Sharma plays his demanding supervisor in Bahrupiya. The project’s director was Srijit Mukherji.
Mukerji also directed Forget Me Not, a film starring Ali Fazal and Shweta Basu Prasad. Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, directed by Abhishek Chaubey, starring Manoj Bajpayee as a ghazal singer and Gajraj Rao as his co-passenger.