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On a trip to Lon­don in 1950, Satya­jit Ray watched about 100 films. It was the time when he was think­ing about mak­ing Pather Pan­chali and had pitched a re­al­is­tic way of mak­ing the film to many of his friends. His pro­posed method­ol­ogy in­cluded us­ing fresh, new faces with­out makeup and shoot­ing on lo­ca­tion. He had been dis­cour­aged by the re­sponse, as these meth­ods were un­heard of. How­ever, a screen­ing of Vit­to­rio DeSica’s Bi­cy­cle Thieves proved to be the push he needed to dive into film­mak­ing. The re­al­is­tic treat­ment of the film in­spired him and also con­vinced him that Pather Pan­chali was pos­si­ble, just the way he had al­ways imag­ined it to be. Ray’s mas­ter­piece put In­dian cinema on the global map.

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