One of the most prominent directors in Bengali TV and film industry, Sandip Ray started his career as an assistant director when he as just 22; he assisted his father, Satyajit Ray for Shatranj Ke Khilari before eventually making his directorial debut in 1983. Apart from film director, Sandip Ray also takes a keen interest and he even worked as a still photographer on the sets of his father`s film. Sandip has been the editor of the Sandesh, a children`s magazine, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray and continued by his father.
Born in Kolkata, India, Sandip Ray is the son of the legendary Indian filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, and Bijoya Ray. Sandip attended South Point School at Patha Bhavan, Kolkata and later went to the University of Calcutta. Sandip Ray was interested in films from a very early age and he was very much inspired by the works of his father. In fact, he took his first step in the film industry under the tutelage of his father; he assisted him on several of his films. He worked a still photographer for his father`s film and also as an assistant director.
The director is married to Lalita Ray and the couple has a son named Souradip Ray.
Sandip Ray gained plenty of experience by working as an assistant director to his father on his sets before eventually making his directorial debut with Phatik Chand in 1983. The Mystery-drama, which was based on a failed kidnapping attempt of a Calcutta schoolboy and his adventures received an award at the International Children`s Film in Vancouver. Post the huge success of his directorial debut, Sandip focused his attention on directing Hindi TV series` and documentaries. His next directorial venture was Goopy Bagha Phir Elo, which was written by the stalwart of Indian cinema, Satyajit Ray
. The film starring Tapen Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, and Ajit Bandyopadhyay was the sequel to the 1980 film, Hirak Rajar Deshe and the third installment of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne film series`.
In 1994, Sandip directed the Bengali drama, The Broken Journey, which was screened at the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival that year. The following year, the director Target, a Hindi drama film which was based on the novel Manushar Juddha. The film starring Mohan Agashe
, Barun Chakraborty
, Champa and Gyanesh Mukherjee
and Om Puri
was based on the relationship between a cruel and manipulative landowner and his workers that belong to the pariahs` caste. Over the next few years, Sandip directed several TV films and TV film series` before he made his next feature film, Bombayier Bombete in 2003. The film, which was a part of the Feluda movie series featured Sabyasachi Chakrabarty
, Parambrata Chatterjee
, and Bibhu Bhattacharya
in the lead roles. Upon release, although it received mostly negative critical reviews it emerged to be a box office success.
With no directorial ventures to his name in 2004, Sandip directed Nishijapon in 2005 starring Soumitra Chatterjee
, Deepankar De, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty
, Parambarta Chatterjee and Raima Sen
. The film based on the novel of the same name by Narayan Gangopadhyay was critically acclaimed and it won several awards including BJFA Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay. Over next few years, between 2007 and 2012, Sandip directed five feature films including Kailashey Kelenkari
(2007), Tintorettor Jishu
(2008), Gorosthaney Sabdhan
(2010), Royal Bengal Rohosso
(2011) and Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy (2012).
Sandip Ray`s next most noted film came in 2014 as he adapted one of his father`s novels, Badshahi Angti into a feature film with the same title. The film starring Abir Chatterjee
and Sourav Das
received mostly positive critical reviews and emerged to be a box office hit. Shomini Sen, a film critic from IBNLive stated, "Sandip Ray offers a genuine film, which creates the same magic of Feluda in modern times." In his first of the year in 2016, the director collaborated with actors, Abir Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Raima Sen and Paran Bandopadhyay for the romantic drama, Monchora. The film based on the story of the same name by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay and upon release it received wide positive reviews from the critics. His other film of the year includes Double Feluda, which is based on a Bengali sleuth Feluda created by the Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray. His 2019 release includes Professor Shanku O El Dorado.
After having made his debut as a director with Phatik Chand, a feature film in 1983, the director turned his attention to making TV series and documentaries. In 1989, he directed a home video documentary, Zindagi Ek Safar, which was based on the life of the legendary Bollywood singer, Kishore Kumar. Two years later, he directed a documentary film titled Pregnant Silence: Conception of a Genius. Sandip Ray directed his first TV film from the Feluda film series titled Baksho Rahashya in 1996. The film starring Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Saswata Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh and Haradhan Bandopadhyay was aired on DD Bangla. The same year, Sandip Ray made Feluda 30, a series of five TV films, which was based on Feluda. Sandip`s other notable TV works include Satyajiter Goppo, a series of four TV films based on the different stories of Satyajit Ray and Dr. Mushir Diary, a TV film based on the Satyajiter Priyo Golpo TV film series.