How we love to get back to our days of childhood – playing around with friends, going to school and most importantly of all believing in fantasies. Those were the days when fairy tales, ghost stories, detective stories and stories of kings and queens would keep our minds busy day in and day out.
Filmmaker Satyajit Ray was among the great personalities in India who wrote extensively for children and made many movies based on themes of childhood stories. Here is a list of those fascinating movies which will take you down memory lane to revisit your days of fun and excitement:
5. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969)
This is the first movie trilogy which was written by Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury (Grandfather of Satyajit Ray). Ray filmed it beautifully and made it addictive for us. It’s a story of two outcasts (Goopy and Bagha) who were given 3 boons by the King of Ghosts because they were able to please him. Next comes the hilarious turn of events leading to the climax and triumph of good over evil. It is a simple story which you will love to watch in repeat mode.
4. Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980)
This is the second movie trilogy. Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne have again ventured in a journey to the land of Hirak Raja (Hirak- diamond; Raja- King) after 10 years from their last outing. The king is a bad person and the people of that village are very unhappy and impoverished. The two men with their inherent goodness and their ability to sing beautifully save the people of that village by bringing about the king’s downfall. Ray’s script for the movie was written in couplets – all sentences ended with a rhyming couplet. The songs are very soothing yet have innocence in them. Live your childhood again with this masterpiece of a movie. The trilogy was later completed by Ray’s son Sandip Ray.
3. Parash Pathar (1958)
Parash Pathar in translation means the Philosopher’s Stone. We all know about the Midas touch; this stone is like King Midas and whatever it touches turns into gold. It is a hilarious movie about a middle-class man who finds it and puts it to use and eventually faces the consequence. This also falls in the genre of magic realism and there is no one among us who would not like to believe in such things once in a while. Get hold of this movie by Ray and have a 2-hour fun, childhood style!
2. Joi Baba Felunath (1979)
Joi Baba Felunath is based on Ray’s own story. It is one from Ray’s collection of detective short stories for children. It is about detective Prodosh Mitter (Feluda), his assistant Topshey and the detective story writer Jatayu or Lal Mohan Ganguly. The trio were always called upon by troubled people. The film is based partly in Kolkata and partly in Varanasi. You must watch the movie to get a glimpse of how the mystery unravels. Watch out for Soumitra Chatterjee as Feluda and Utpal Dutt as Maganlal Meghraj (the antagonist). Live your days of detective stories and murder mysteries through this wonderful film.
1. Sonar Kella (1974)
A Feluda detective story, this one is based mostly in Rajasthan and the beautiful city of Jaipur. It is about a little boy who suddenly remembers days from his previous birth and that he actually belonged from a royal family. He even tells his parents about the numerous gold and jewellery and where they are hidden. Two wicked men kidnap the boy while he is on train en route Jaipur and here is when Feluda comes to rescue. Watch the turn of events and the beautiful shots of Rajasthan. Childhood can be so much fun – and especially with these fascinating movies by Ray.