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The Zoo (1967)

Chiriyakhana (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Byomkesh Bakshi, a detective, is hired by a rich man to investigate the name of an actress appeared in a movie decades ago, who has eloped ever since. The case became complicated when the rich man is murdered by someone for that.


Satyajit Ray


Saradindu Bandopadhyay (as Saradindu Bandopaddhyay), Saradindu Bandopadhyay (novel) (as Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay) | 2 more credits »
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Shekhar Chatterjee Shekhar Chatterjee ... (as Shekhar Chattopadhyay)
Subhendu Chatterjee ... Bijoy (as Subhendu Chattopadhyay)
Subrata Chatterjee Subrata Chatterjee ... Najar Bibi
Subrata Chatterjee Subrata Chatterjee
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Binoy Dutta Binoy Dutta
Jahar Ganguli Jahar Ganguli ... Ramen Mullick
Shailen Ganguli Shailen Ganguli
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Shyamal Ghoshal Shyamal Ghoshal ... Dr. Bhujangadhar Das
Ramen Gupta Ramen Gupta
Kanika Majumdar Kanika Majumdar ... Damayanti


Sharadindu Bandopadhyay's Bomkesh Bakshi again proves to be a mastermind in this crime thriller wherein although a murder case gets difficult as it could be, the famous detective is able to identify the executioner and the mystery behind the killing.

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The combination of a great actor and a great director
6 May 2000 | by cdebarunSee all my reviews

In this film, we find Uttam Kumar in a special character. This type of character is an exception or his romantic film image. His performance is excellent, or superb. On the other hand , it may not be one of the greatest of Satyajit Ray, but certainly a very good entertaining one, especially for those who likes mystery. The new ideas of Ray,the treatments , the scenario, the dialogues are excellent. The way in which the detective analyses the situation, carries out his action plan and at last catches the criminal is rarely found in Bengali movies. Also credit goes to the handsome Bengali hero with the great personality. The film is a milestone of Uttam Kumar's film career as he won Bharat Award for this film(and also for the film "Antony Firingee"). Uttam Kumar is the first hero in India who won this award, as far as I know.

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