Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray
Say Indian film and most people think of colourful Bollywood movies filled with song and dance routines. Indian film is, however, so much more than that. A case in point is Pather Panchali (meaning Song of the Road), a black and white Indian drama film directed by Satyajit Ray. Pather Panchali tells the story of a brother and sister growing up in rural Bengal. It is Ray’s debut film and was made on a shoestring budget with mostly amateur actors. Social realist and poetic at the same time, Panther Panchali established Ray as a distinguished filmmaker and is often called one of the greatest movies ever made.