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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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Feluda goes to Varanasi
30 April 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The movie is about a idol theft from the house of a old-time Benares family. Feluda, who is in Benares on holiday with his cousin and assistant Topshe and the inimitable Jatayu, is asked to help find the thief. The story moves along at a fast clip from the opening scenes when we see the holidaying trio arrive in rickshaws, with Jatayu having to constantly raise his folded hands to his forehead as they pass one temple after another. Ray is a master at showing the timeless beauty of this ancient city with its ghats, bazaars, havelis and gallis, and leverages this to the fullest to transform a mundane whodunit with a twist into a moody, sensuous, intensely funny and hauntingly musical piece of cinema which transcends its humble subject matter, but still delivers a darkly dreadful murder scene!

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