Here is a collage of some of Ritwik Ghatak’s candid interviews in his inimitable passionate and piercing style. Through the brilliance of his reckless dialogue, the core message of the maestro shines forth as an unwavering love for mankind and a determined diligence to urge the society for a change to the better. We are enthralled by the exposure and experience of the man, by his unflickering attachment to classic goodness amid passing decadence, by his brazen preference for his own truth, by the width of his scholarship and depth of his wisdom, and by the softness of his feelings and the firmness of his commitment. He is battered but not bitter, he is deprived but not depressed; a classic elegance finally radiates in diehard optimism through his cutting observations on life and cinema. We gratefully collect and preserve the gems and jewels he carelessly throw at us— the gist of his quest of life, the nectar distilled from the venom he handled in and out. We feel his persona is even larger than his remarkable art, his own life an epic tragedy reminding us of van Gogh.