Cinema’s characteristic forte is its ability to capture and communicate the intimacies of the human mind. ~ Satyajit Ray

There is something magical about the master of masters, Satyajit Ray. Watch as many interviews of Satyajit Ray and you will never find it ‘too much’. There is so much to learn from him – his music, his art, his films and his viewpoint. Most of all, the way he saw something – the way he nurtured it – turning the ordinary into something extraordinary.

A few years ago, a rare and hard to find footage of an interview was discovered by YouTuber Aniruddho Sanyal. This interview was made in 1977 and  after such a long time, finding it out could be compared to digital archaeology. The video is disturbed for a few minutes in the beginning but nonetheless it is a great asset.

In this fantastic talk Los Angeles Times film critic interviews Ray about the making of the Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket). Perhaps no better outlook and analysis of Ashani Sanket will ever be made. Ashani Sanket was featured in The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.

The director is the only person who knows what the film is about. ~ Satyajit Ray

Kevin Thomas was a well known film critic and writer of his times. He wrote primarily for the Los Angeles Times and among all United States newspapers, he is considered the longest tenured film critic. Kevin Thomas was a good critic; how to talk about inaccuracies and he also knew how to praise.

The best thing about the interview is probably Satyajit Ray’s voice. Deep and perfect, it awes the listener. His impressive voice actually reveals the strong and grounded human he was in real life. Originality and observation were his tools for creation.

And of course who can deny the splendid personality of the master!

Here is the remarkable interview of Satyajit Ray with Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas. The video has a little disturbance for a minute or so but it runs fine after that.

Related: The Oscar archives restored this Ray short film from being lost forever