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.