Things that would make the world a better place, Part One:
Reporters who research a subject thoroughly before writing an article. This one obviously DID NOT.
The author says:
"The actor, always drawn to art house cinema, made his first appearance in 1959 in Satyajit Ray's "Apur Sansar" (The World of Apu), the second part of a trilogy about a boy from rural Bengal in search of his identity.
He followed it up with "Aparajito" (The Unvanquished), "Charulata" (The Lonely Wife) and "Aranyer Din Ratri" (Days and Nights in a Forest), "Ashani Sanket", "Sonar Kella" (The Golden Fort) and "Jai Baba Felunath (Hail, Baba Felunath), which were some of his cinematic milestones."
Apur Sansar, Soumitra Chatterjee's first film, was the third and final part of the Apu trilogy, while Aparajito was the second. He did not appear in Aparajito at all (much less follow Apur Sansar up with it - it would have been temporally impossible).
Soumitra was introduced to the master when Ray was assembling the cast of Aparajito. After watching Pather Panchali, he had wanted to play the main character in the movie but was rejected, having been judged too old by Ray to play the young Apu.
If Aparajito had been made a little later, when Ray knew just what marvels Soumitra was capable of (including the ability to look 15 in Salil Dutta's Aparichita, when he was over 30), it's possible to assume that things would have turned out differently and the author of the article would be spared having such a blunder on her conscience.
The rest of the article is decent, though, and quite informative to non-Calcuttans. For example, I didn't know Soumitra's theatre group was called Mukhomukhi*. Almost definitely a tribute/ reference to Jibanananda Das and taken from the ending of the poem 'Banalata Sen' which, if I remember correctly, went "...Thake shudhu ondhokar, mukhomukhi boshibar - Banalata Sen."
Things that would make the world a better place, Part Two:
Not having to work in this country for three years, going to Calcutta, meeting Soumitra Chattopadhyay, asking Soumitra Chattopadhyay to be allowed to join Mukhomukhi, being allowed to join Mukhomukhi.
...My family would probably disown/ disembowel me but hell.
*Mukhomukhi = 'face to face'
I LIKE IT. A good name for a theatre group on account of being a not-so-obvious way of describing the comedy&tragedy masks motif, generally associated with dramatics/ theatre. Or am I overinterpreting this? I don't know.