"When people ask me why I don't make a film in Bengali, I reply I am still learning," Sircar said on Friday evening after he was given the 'Dashovuja Bangali 2019' award by St Xavier's College (Calcutta) Alumni Association here. "But whoever I collaborate with in a film, there is always a touch of Bengal in my work, in some way or the other," he said.
Affirming his indebtedness to great filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Tapan Sinha, Sircar said that they have always inspired him.
"I always think that it will be gratifying for me as a filmmaker if I am ever able to recreate at least one per cent of Ray's magic in my films," Sircar, the director of various films such as Piku, October and Vicky Donor, said.
He said the reason behind retaining some Bengali touch in all his works is due to a sense of guilt.
Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke award, who was also felicitated on the occasion, said, "As I have worked for a long period, I have been considered as their own by my countless audiences."
"This is the reason behind me being showered with so many accolades, though I doubt whether I deserve such honour.
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