Soumendu Roy

Soumendu Roy (born 1933) is an Indian cinematographer most known for his work with noted director Satyajit Ray's films, starting with Teen Kanya (1961), when Subrata Mitra developed an eye-problem, though he has earlier shot Ray's documentary Rabindranath Tagore (1961) and has been an assistant to Subrata in post Pather Panchali films.

Soumendu Roy
Born7 February 1933 (1933-02-07)
Other namesSoumendu Ray
Years active1960-2000


Starting has a handler of trolley and lighting in early Ray film, Roy went on to work on 21 of Ray's films including 15 features, Golden Bear winning film, Ashani Sanket (1973) and Aranyer Din Ratri (1969). He also worked with directors, Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumdar, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and MS Sathyu.[1]

In his long career, Roy won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography three times, plus one Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography award for documentary film, Suchitra Mitra in 1993, directed by Raja Sen.

In 2006, a 30-minute documentary on him, "Portrait of a Cinematographer", was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, directed by Papia Roy,[1][2] and subsequently, Soumendu Ray, a 70 min. documentary by Arindam Saha Sardar[3] Now Roy is advisor of cinematography department of "ROOPKALA KENDRO" an indo Italian film institute under the information and cultural ministry of govt. of west Bengal.




  1. ^ a b "Shadow Play". Indian Express. 8 January 2006.[dead link]
  2. ^ Portrait of a Cinematographer on YouTube
  3. ^ Soumendu Ray documentary on YouTube.
  4. ^ Filmography New York Times

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