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The Golden Fortress (1974)

Sonar Kella (original title)
A young boy becomes a target for crooks, after he claims to remember his past life and mentions precious jewels in a golden fortress.


Satyajit Ray


Hridayesh Pandey (hindi dialogue), Satyajit Ray (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Top Rated Indian Movies #15 | 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Prodosh Mitra (Feluda) (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Santanu Bagchi Santanu Bagchi ... Mukul 2
Ajoy Banerjee Ajoy Banerjee ... Amiyanath Burman
Haradhan Bannerjee ... Tapesh's father
Kushal Chakraborty Kushal Chakraborty ... Mukul Dhar
Bimal Chatterjee Bimal Chatterjee ... Advocate
Dibyendu Chatterjee Dibyendu Chatterjee
Rekha Chatterjee Rekha Chatterjee ... Tapesh's mother
Santi Chatterjee Santi Chatterjee
Siddhartha Chatterjee Siddhartha Chatterjee ... Tapesh (Topshe)
Harindranath Chattopadhyay ... Uncle Sidhu
Santosh Dutta Santosh Dutta ... Lalmohan Ganguly (Jatayu)
Uday Singh Gailol Uday Singh Gailol
Sujit Ganguly Sujit Ganguly ... (as Dr. Sujit Ganguly)
Nemai Ghosh Nemai Ghosh ... Photographer


Mukul, a six year old boy, is obsessed with drawing pictures of a golden fortress, and claims to have lived there in a past life. Hoping to better understand the boy's condition, parapsychologist Dr. Hajra accompanies Mukul to search for the fortress. However, a newspaper story alerts a pair of crooks to the possibility of a hidden treasure. The boy's father fears Mukul is in danger, and hires private detective Prodosh "Feluda" Mitra and his cousin Topshe to join Hajra and Mukul in Rajasthan. But the danger may already be closer than they realize. Written by L. Hamre

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27 December 1974 (India) See more »

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The title means "The Golden Fortress", a reference to the fort at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, which is built of a kind of sandstone that resembles gold. See more »


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Another example of Ray's versatility.
2 September 2005 | by shanfloydSee all my reviews

First of all, I think I'll add a short introduction to Feluda stories. Among over two-hundred novels and stories Ray had written especially for teenagers, the detective stories of Feluda are by far the most popular. With calculated amounts of wit, suspense, action and humor, the stories are considered classics of modern Bengali literature. So it was not surprising that he would make one of them for the screen.

As a book, "Sonar Kella" is one of the all-time bestsellers. Now I have seen the film about ten times and what fascinated me is how Ray changed the whole structure of the book while making this film. The novel is a fantastic detection story with sharp plot twists. But Ray thought the concept of detection as a theme in this film will not make the viewers see it more than once. So he makes it more like a modern thriller -- he showed the crime and criminals at first and now the theme becomes how Feluda unfolds it. That's why crime and detection is not the only theme of this film. There is plenty of humor and excellent visionary of Rajasthan too. Ray primarily directed the film to his readers but also made sure it satisfies all kinds of audience.

Another point I want to make: if the viewer doesn't know Bengali and relies on subtitles, he/she misses a good percentage of its fun. That part lies on its extremely witty screenplay where often Ray literally played with the words. Among the actors, Soumitra Chatterjee is quite good as Feluda, at least he was the best for this part in that time. Santosh Dutta virtually created the character of Jatayu. It became his trademark role. And one must mention the flamboyant and passionate performance of Kamu Mukherjee as the villain Mandar Bose.

The film features all of Ray's trademark styles -- in artwork, in script, in the camera angles and original music. And it remains an all-time family classic in the history of Indian cinema.

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