Can you imagine the handsome Soumitra as Goopy Gayen? The simple rural Goopy Gayen who was thrown away from his village?
Soumitro Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore were two choiced actors of Satyajit Ray. They reminisce on the bygone days and how Satyajit Ray had given them the scripts of his movies.
When Soumitra read the script of Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen, he repeatedly insisted Satyajit Ray for the role of Goopy. Ray rejected idea telling him he looks too good for the role of a poor villager. Soumitro, truly persistent, tried to further insist that it can compensated by makeup. However Ray simply stated that Soumitro doesn’t match his mental picture of Goopy.
Sharmila Tagore also talks on her desire to play the protagonist in Charulata after perusing the script but Ray had a different picture in mind. When the film came out, she appreciated the vision of Ray, again – no one could have done it better than Madhabi.
It is rare to see these two legendary artists come together for such an amiable interview.
Sharmila Tagore and Soumitro Chatterjee have both entered the film arena under the guidance of Satyajit Ray. The couple first graced the screen in Apur Sansar in 1959 and won the hearts in India and in international platform.
Ray weaves the magic again with Soumitro Sharmila in Debi, the sad and dark tale of superstition. Nevertheless Sharmila and her on-screen father-in-law Chhabi Biswas, grabbed all the attention in this 1960 film that will still send chills down your spine.
The third film of the couple under Ray was the classic Aranyer Din Ratri in 1970 which has remained as a landmark in film making globally even today. Based on the story written by Sunil Gangopadhay, this movie has been highly acclaimed by the critics everywhere.