My dear Garga,
I left for Darjeeling the day after I received your film, and got back only yesterday. Although I did take a look at the footage before I left, I felt too lazy in Darjeeling to write and give you my comments. However now that I’m back I feel more in the mood for work and correspondence - and let me tell you that the film looks very good indeed. The cutting seems excellent, considering the bitty nature of the material- and I think a well thought out commentary should give it all the flow it needs and suitably link the snippets from the Trilogy at the end.
I don’t want to give you any more pointers- you really know how best to put it together.
But I’m a little curious to know what you plan to do with the film, exhibition-wise?
I start shooting Nastanirh on 2nd. Shooting dates (at the New Theatres No.1) are as follows
Nov 2-6, Nov -12- 26, Dec. 1-5, Dec 8-16, Dec 19-21, Dec 23-30
It was pointed out to us by critic Namrata Joshi, that our original rendition of the mentioned film in Ray's correspondence - Nashta-Mir - was actually Nastanirh, the name of the Tagore novel from which Charulata, Ray's 1964 film was adapted.
Mahanagar is doing quite well and I’m quite pleased with it. But 1964 seems likely to prove a peak year with 'Nastanirh' and Akashai Shanket - the story with a famine background, which I plan to start in June.
I hope you will be able to come here once during my shooting.
All the best