Do you know that Satyajit Ray worked hard to make a film named The Alien in 1967? Seeing the lack of proper technology in India at that time, Satyajit Ray wanted to make this film with the help of Hollywood. The script of this film was written by Satyajit Ray himself. The film was supposed to be produced at the Hollywood studio Colombia Pictures, but the plan never materialized. why did this happen? There are many things, and rumors behind this.
The script of the film Alien was based on a Bengali story titled Bankubabur Bandhu (Friend of Banku Babu). This science fiction story was written by Satyajit Ray in 1962 for a Bengali magazine which became very popular. In those days when most of the stories of UFOs, and aliens were related to aliens attacking the earth, the story of Satyajit Ray in contrast was the story of friendship between an alien and a village boy.
A UFO alien spaceship lands in a pond in a rural area of Bengal. Villagers start worshiping him considering it as a temple that emerged from the earth. There is also an alien in the UFO spaceship, who is named Mr. Ang in the story.
Mr. Ange contacts a village boy named Haba through dreams and they become friends. The word Haba in the Bengali language means retarded. This alien also does much mischief with the villagers during his short stay on earth. The other main characters of the story were an Indian businessman, a journalist from Calcutta, and an American engineer.
Amazingly fast the alien reaches the edge of the pond, making tiny steps on the lotus leaves. Reaching the shore, the alien bends down, looks and touches the grass very carefully, then jumps to reach the bamboo bushes. There the alien sees a small plant.
Alien’s eyes start glowing yellow. The alien moves his hand over the plant and the flowers bloom. Alien laughs softly, which shows that he is happy.
Satyajit Ray is considered one of the best film directors in the world. Many top directors like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese and millions of cinema lovers around the world are fans of Satyajit Ray’s films and his direction. Satyajit Ray directed a total of 36 films.
Pather Panchali was the first film of Satyajit Ray to win 11 International Awards. This classic film has become a part of every educational course related to cinema and is considered a masterpiece of cinema history.
The main roles in Satyajit Ray’s Alien film were to be played by the top Hollywood actors of that era, Marlon Brando, Peter Sellers, and James Auburn. When Satyajit Ray reached Hollywood to make this film, he met producer Mike Wilson who showed great interest in this story and asked Satyajit to write the script of the film.
The mess started when Mike Wilson got the script of the film copyrighted in the name of himself and Satyajit Ray. The copyright rights also had Wilson’s name as a contributor only, but a few days later, when Satyajit Ray went to Hollywood, he found out That Wilson has distributed copies of his script in many places.
It was probably Wilson’s idea that an American director would direct the story. Wilson violated copyright and completely cheated on Satyajit Ray. Satyajit understood that his dream would not be fulfilled now.
In 1982, when Steven Spielberg’s E.T. When the Extra-Terrestrial was released, many Hollywood people including Satyajit Ray noticed that Satyajit Ray’s Alien film and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial script had many similarities.
Although Steven Spielberg always denied this, in 2010 top Hollywood director Martin Scorsese also openly said that Steven’s film was inspired by Satyajit’s script.
Let’s not Hollywood but which movie in Bollywood was inspired by this story, do you still need to tell this?