Feluda, someone all of us grew up with and one of the first detectives we ever came across. He captured our young minds and Satyajit Ray still remains one of my favourite authors. The thrill, suspense and action in the books left us wanting more. The movies later on, became iconic ones too.
In the movies, Feluda has been portrayed by Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Abir Chatterjee and Shashi Kapoor.
I obviously cannot express in words, how excited I was about this session which had Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Abir Chatterjee and Sandip Ray in store for us.
(And of course, I have a teeny weeny crush on Abir Chatterjee)
Sandip Ray admits, he had always wanted to start his career in films with one Feluda film. But never found courage to make it, as there were already two excellent movies that had been made. He even talks about some other hobbies of his like calligraphy.
Soumitra Chatterjee says he had always had the determination and desire to star as Feluda and was delighted to act in “Baksho Rohoshyo”. He was to look up the illustrations and says Sandip Ray’s guidance had helped him immensely. They say that they don’t plan to improvise much on the character of Feluda and don’t want to modernise him. They talk of how “Sherlock” has been a rage all over the world, but even then, they don’t want Feluda to be using tablets and phones in the movies.
On being asked how much of “Byomkesh” and how much of “Feluda” he feels, Abir (looking really handsome) says that he is thankful to the audience for accepting both and loving both. He says that neither of the two movies were made for a commercial purpose and they remembered at all times the amount of sentiments attached to the two characters. He was in a dilemma at first about doing both roles, but was excited ultimately when he was cast as Feluda.
They admit, that they will not make Feluda in Hindi as the people of Bengal would never want to watch it.
This was a splendid session and to see my favourite actors up front was indeed a privilege. To know future plans and hear about personal experiences, was equally interesting.