Ray is an Indian anthology web series currently streaming on Netflix. Created by Sayantan Mukherjee, season 1 contains four enthralling stories each following a host of different characters. Srijit Mukherji, Vasan Bala, and Abhishek Chaubey don the director’s hat for the show. Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s works have served as the inspiration for the different stories that we follow in season 1. The series stars some heavy hitters in leading and key roles. The names include Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Neeraj Pradeep Purohit, Gajraj Rao, Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anindita Bose, Harshavardhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Bidita Bag, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, and Chandan Roy Sanyal. Niren Bhatt and Siraj Ahmed are credited as writers.
Arkodeb Mukherjee, Swapnil Sonawane, Anuj Dhawan, and Eshit Narain have helmed the cinematography. The series made its premiere on Netflix on June 25, 2021. The anthology spans four episodes each based on different short stories by Satyajit Ray. Each episode tackles a new theme. These adaptations swerve from the original works by Ray. Some of the stories also have quite dark endings. If you’re wondering about the reality of these stories, we’re here with the answers. Read on to find out more about the plots of stories in Ray and if they are based on truth.
Is Ray Based On Real Events? Plot Summaries
No, Ray is not based on real events. Ray’s several short stories serve as the source material for all the episodes. One of the stories, titled “Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa”, is helmed by Abhishek Chaubey. It stars Manoj Bajpayee as the lead, playing the role of Musafir Ali, and Gajraj Rao as Aslam Baig. Satyajit Ray’s Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram serves as the inspiration for this episode. It revolves around a successful singer. However, the singer has another side to him, he’s a kleptomaniac. He can’t resist the urge to steal due to his condition. However, one day, after stealing a Swiss-made pocket watch from a fellow train passenger, the condition vanishes. That steal makes his urge to purloin something inexplicably disappear away. Time passes since the incident and the singer encounters the same passenger he stole from in a train again.
Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not tracks the trajectory of the main character’s hubris. Ali Fazal plays the lead as Ipsit Nair, a mentally supreme guy with a ton of arrogance and social ineptitude to boot. Thought to be a human-computer, Ipsit is a successful businessman and has it all. However, his world starts to crumble when he begins to experience lapses in his memory. Ali Fazal plays the part of the obnoxious alpha male businessman with conviction and brilliance. Bipin Chowdhurir Smritibhrom serves as the inspiration for this episode. However, this Srijit Mukherji-directed adaptation entails a really dark ending, something that’s very different from the original one.
Spotlight follows a movie star who’s very drunk on his stardom. But while he’s entrenched in his wealth and fame, he loses sight of who holds the real power. Harshavardhan Kapoor plays the main character whose fame and wealth have blinded him. But in his power trip, he doesn’t realize the power structure and the hierarchy of the film world. Apart from Kapoor, the episode also stars Radhika Madan and Chandan Roy Sanyal. Madan plays a spiritual leader, ‘Didi’ while Sanyal plays a star-maker. There’s a contrast between Kapoor and Madan’s character motivations. While Kapoor’s character desires the spotlight, Didi wants to escape it. Vasan Bala directs this episode, basing it on the short story of the same name by Ray.
Bahurupiya stars Kay Kay Menon as Indrashish. He plays a loner and an ordinary, timid, no-one office employee. Everyone gives him crap, but he takes it all and says nothing. He also loves an actress but she’s out of his reach. However, his life turns around when he gets a hold of a book. The book contains the art of prosthetics and is passed down to him by his grandmother. We follow Indrashish as he embarks on drastic and daring adventures, donning different identities. Srijit Mukherji has directed this episode as well, taking inspiration from Ray’s Bahurupi.
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