The Deaths of Ray Pratim D. Gupta

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The Deaths of Ray by Pratim D. Gupta
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The Deaths of Ray is the screenplay of a thriller celebrating the cinema of the great Satyajit Ray.A city where only accidents could kill people, Calcutta is not used to murders. So when four people get killed in a span of six months, the city isMoreThe Deaths of Ray is the screenplay of a thriller celebrating the cinema of the great Satyajit Ray.A city where only accidents could kill people, Calcutta is not used to murders.

So when four people get killed in a span of six months, the city is shaken and its police department stirred. They are not even sure whether it’s the doing of one man or just random murders. After all, what could possibly link the victims, ranging from a fake godman to a corrupt politician, from a street singer to a wealthy music connoisseur?The commissioner of police, Ranjan Roy Chowdhury, goes to his one-time star protégé Siddhartha Roy requesting him to take up the case. But unable to negotiate with the horrors of the night when his wife was killed in a deal gone wrong, Siddhartha sends Ranjan back.

Turned into a complete recluse, Siddhartha drowns himself daily with alcohol, his singing job at a seedy central Calcutta bar being his ticket to the bottle.But Riya, Ranjan’s criminal-psychology-graduate daughter, has other ideas.

Having grown up watching her favourite ‘Sid’ in action alongside her father, Riya has almost a magical hold on him. She visits the bar and lashes out at him, in front of a room full of men in various stages of inebriation. Perhaps it’s the public pasting or the fact that he got fired that very evening for his drunken singing, Siddhartha does make a comeback.Thus comes together an old hand and a fresh thinker. Siddhartha and Riya embark upon a long and arduous journey of tracking a mind so twisted that his only signature is the goriness of his murders. Every scene of crime is a meticulously set up mise en scene, the only visible ritual of the serial killer.

More people are eliminated — a stock broker stuffed with stones and a housewife nailed like an idol in the frame of a goddess.As the detective duo struggles to find a lead, Riya gets estranged from her boyfriend Abhinav Bose, the reigning superstar of the Bengali movie industry. Abhinav cannot stand the fact that Riya has veered into a completely different world, a world where she spends most of her time with another man.As the horrific images of the murdered victims sweep through the mindscape of Siddhartha, he chances upon a streetside billboard of a Satyajit Ray film festival, punctuated with the posters of his movies.

It all becomes clear to him. The killer is using the films of the great director as his modus operandi, killing prototypes of the characters from his movies in settings befitting the cinematic gems.But how does one catch him?

‘In the act’ is the only option. The killer performs his murders only on the original release dates of the films. So it has to be Charulata (The Lonely Wife) next. The lonely wife is found, throwing a big party on the D-Day. The lights suddenly go off, Siddhartha chases a shadow in the dark but the Ray Killer gets the better of Mr Detective, hitting him from behind. Siddhartha can only hear him as the two play Ray’s famous Memory Game, recalling the director’s movie titles one after the other.

The mouse finally leaves the cat and also leaves behind his victim, the dead woman sitting on the swing.The murders started on May 7 last year. It’s May 6 today. One film left, one murder to go. Ray’s Nayak (The Hero) was set entirely on the Rajdhani Express travelling from Calcutta to Delhi.

Siddhartha and Riya board the train and so does Abhinav, to woo Riya back. But the hero doesn’t know that he is the killer’s last victim, put deliberately on the train as the bait. Siddhartha finds his man, but does he save Riya’s man? And what could Ray have possibly done to a man for him to wreak such a murderous mayhem?



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