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Joi Baba Felunath: The Elephant God (1979)
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This is the second film about the detective Feluda (Soumitra Chatterjee) set in the holy city of Benares, where he (along with his cousin, Topshe and friend, Lalmohan Ganguly) goes for a ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Prodosh Mitra (Feluda) (as Saumitra Chattopadhyay)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Parinita Banerjee
Haradhan Bannerjee ...
Umanath Ghosal
Satya Bannerjee ...
Hotel Manager
Jit Bose ...
Ruksmini Kumar Ghosal (as Shriman Jit Bose)
Bimal Chatterjee
Biplab Chatterjee ...
Bikash Singha
Siddhartha Chatterjee ...
Subhadra Devi
Utpal Dutt ...
Santosh Dutta ...
Indubhushan Gujral
Rajkumar Lahiri
Abani Mukherjee ...
(as Abani Kumar Mukherjee)
Kamu Mukherjee ...


This is the second film about the detective Feluda (Soumitra Chatterjee) set in the holy city of Benares, where he (along with his cousin, Topshe and friend, Lalmohan Ganguly) goes for a holiday. But the theft of a priceless deity of Lord Ganesh (the Elephant God) from a local household forces him to start investigation. Feluda comes in direct confrontation with Maganlal Meghraj (Utpal Dutt), a ruthless trader. Maganlal makes the mild-mannered Lalmohan a knife-thrower's target and threatens Felu to stop investigation. But there are several other suspects as an innocent artisan is brutally murdered, a shady 'holy man' holds court on the banks of the Ganges and an adventure-loving little boy (and his grand-father), brought up on crime thrillers. The climax is a shoot-out on the Ganges, followed by the unraveling of the mystery. Written by Diptakirti Chaudhuri

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5 January 1979 (India)  »

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Another great Feluda caper!
10 May 2006 | by (Oman) – See all my reviews

Feluda, The Bengali Sherlock Holmes comes alive on screen again in this highly entertaining film. Based on the book and characters written by Ray himself he did a great job in creating a good follow up to the highly successful and intriguing 'Sonar Kella – The Golden fort '. Just like in the previous movie this one also contains a bunch of colorful characters played by the Crème de la crème of Bengali cinema most notably Mr. Utpal Dutta who plays a shady businessman involved in smuggling antiquities. This one is about a theft of a very valuable antique gold statue. So in comes Feluda accompanied by his faithful Topshe and the very hilarious Jatayu (Santosh Dutta at his comic best) and he is asked to investigate the theft by the owner and if possible retrieve the invaluable statue. The entire movie is set in the holy city of Varanasi and we get to witness a lot of the religious ceremonies associated with Hinduism and how the crime has intertwined itself with it. A lot of suspense and some very funny segments(especially the one with Jatayu and the knife thrower) make this movie totally worth the watch. It may not be a Sonar Kella but it definitely is in a class of its own. I recommend this film very highly. You will not be disappointed.

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