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Sandip Roy: The Alien vs E.T.

Did E.T. really come from Calcutta, India?The year was 1983. Aseem Chhabra, a graduate student, who had come from India just about a year back, needed to find a project for his journalism class at Columbia University.

Then he stumbled across an interview with Satyajit Ray, India’s most internationally renowned filmmaker. Ray was talking about the most famous film he NEVER made. It was a sci-fi film he’d planned in the 60s in Hollywood about a small boy in a Bengali village who makes friends with an alien who crash lands in the village pond and makes water lilies bloom. Arthur C Clarke even gave it his blessing...