Even as a school kid Subrata Mitra was fond of British and Hollywood films. Early on, he decided therefore cameraman or to become an architect. When Jean Renoir in 1950 his film The River turned (the current ) in Kolkata, Mitra was to study on the set to watch the film work, and to make records. Here he met the graphic designer Satyajit Ray know, the Mitras shared interests. Ray planned, even to make a film and took Subrata Mitra as his cameraman. Over the course of four years of production, while the ever ran out of money, Pather Panchali, the film was created. Over the course of 15 years, Ray and Mitra turned ten films together. In Aparajito (1956 ) he simulated in the studio for the first time in Indian film and one of the first cameramen at all, diffused light through indirect lighting to - as realistic as possible - to avoid shadows.
Subrata Mitra worked in four films for Merchant Ivory Productions in the 1960s. In addition to the National Film Award in 1986 for New Delhi Times, he received the 1992 Eastman Kodak Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding theater arts.