Netflix released the trailer for the next original Ray on Tuesday. The anthology will feature four gripping stories inspired by the work of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Manoj Bajpayee, Ali Fazal, Harshvarrdhan Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon will each carry a story based on ‘ego, revenge, envy and betrayal’. Ray will be available on Netflix from June 25.
The trailer opens with a voice-over stating that humanity is no less than God, because it also gives birth and creates another human being. Next, we are introduced to Ipsit Nair (Fazal), a man who is said to have the memory of a computer. Next up is Harshvardhan’s Bollywood superstar who meets a God woman and is amazed at her popularity. Fresh off the success of The Family Man 2, Manoj Bajpayee plays Musafir Ali, a ghazal singer, who is on a journey to seek his lost fame. And finally, we get a glimpse of Kay Kay Menon’s character, who, despite a steady job, wants to create art as a makeup artist.
The lives of all four characters are a gamble, and the stories will depict their journey and also explore the characters’ vulnerabilities and multiple shades. The four stories titled Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, Forget Me Not, Bahrupiya and Spotlight promise a captivating and thrilling ride for the audience. Towards the end, the voiceover warns that when a man believes he is God, he is in for a major downfall.
Ray is aided by Abhishek Chaubey, Srijit Mukherji and Vasan Bala. It also stars Gajraj Rao, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anindita Bose, Bidita Bag, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Radhika Madan, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Akansha Ranjan Kapoor.
Director Abhishek Chaubey, who collaborated in Ray with Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao, shared his enthusiasm for the collaboration. He said in a statement: “I am drawn to stories that spin with quirkiness and humor. Hardly anyone makes them better than Satyajit Ray, and a chance to tell this story is a great opportunity for me. Now Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao against playing each other on screen, Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, I hope it’s as fun to watch as it is to make. Super excited about the show and can’t wait for people to watch it!”
Filmmaker Srijit Mukherjee, who has two short films to his credit – Forget me Not with Ali Fazal and Bahrupiya with Kay Kay Menon, added: “Satyajit Ray has been a great inspiration in my life. After two stories about Ray faithfully brought to life in Feluda Pherot, it is an honor and very satisfying to reinterpret two more stories about Ray in a decidedly dark space.I also had the opportunity to work with a brilliant cast, including actors such as Kay Kay Menon, Ali Fazal and Sweta Basu Prasad in two stories. I’m excited to see how viewers will react to these imperfect and slightly fractured characters.”
Vasan Bala, for his part, shared that Spotlight is inspired by Ray’s prolific and enlightening works. He added that it was an opportunity for him to collaborate with amazing talent. “It’s a meaty, quirky, music-filled story of some very interesting characters. Harshvarrdhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Akanksha Ranjan Kapoor and Chandan Roy Sanyal are in handsome shape. I can’t wait for the public to watch and react to it,” he said.
Ray premieres on Netflix on June 25.