1st death anniversary of the doyen of Bengali cinema - #SoumitraChatterjee , seen here signing autograph at a charity cricket match at Eden Gardens in the 60s (Image: The Telegraph). Here's an interesting anecdote related to Chatterjee & his handwriting (1/4)
Chatterjee was prepping for his role in Satyajit Ray's Charulata. Ray told his leading man that the film was based on Nastanirh, a Tagore novella from 1901 which depicted Bengali society from late 19th-century (2/4)
Ray explained that the dominant time period association for viewers will be the late 19th-century hence Chatterjee's handwriting should reflect that. Chatterjee immediately started practicing handwriting styles of the period (3/4)
He spent some 5-6 months in mastering the handwriting style of late-19th century and shoot only began when both director and actor were satisfied with the results. (4/4)

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