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Joi Baba Felunath (1979)

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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Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Satyajit Ray (novel), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Prodosh Mitra (Feluda) (as Saumitra Chattopadhyay)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Parinita Banerjee Parinita Banerjee
Haradhan Bannerjee Haradhan Bannerjee ... Umanath Ghosal
Satya Bannerjee Satya Bannerjee ... Niranjan
Jit Bose Jit Bose ... Ruksmini Kumar Ghosal (as Shriman Jit Bose)
Bimal Chatterjee Bimal Chatterjee ... Ambika Nath Ghosal
Biplab Chatterjee Biplab Chatterjee ... Bikash Singha
Siddhartha Chatterjee Siddhartha Chatterjee ... Tapesh (Topshe)
Subhadra Devi Subhadra Devi
Utpal Dutt ... Maganlal Meghraj
Santosh Dutta Santosh Dutta ... Lalmohan Ganguly (Jatayu)
Indubhushan Gujral Indubhushan Gujral
Rajkumar Lahiri Rajkumar Lahiri
Abani Mukherjee Abani Mukherjee ... (as Abani Kumar Mukherjee)
Kamu Mukherjee Kamu Mukherjee ... Arjun
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Storyline

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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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

5 January 1979 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Elephant God See more »

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RDB and Company See more »
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Mono

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Color
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The character of Lalmohanbabu is considered to be cursed. Every actor till now who has portrayed this character has died albeit under normal circumstances. See more »

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Followed by Bombaiyer Bombete (2003) See more »

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absorbing fare ...
2 May 2017 | by mysonamartyaSee all my reviews

I read some Feluda stories in my childhood. Since then I haven't ventured towards the book of the ace sleuth written by Ray that have endeared him to millions across the globe. I have seen several films of the detective though, two directed by Satyajit Ray himself, and quite a few directed by his son Sandip Ray. Among the multiplicity of themes that Ray explored in his films and in his writings, one often finds a thematic recurrence interspersed among his works. The core theme in JOYBABA FELUNATH - about a thriving business involving smuggling of heritage art objects from India to the West was also seen in his book KAILASHE KELENKARI, which has been made into a film by Sandip Ray. The penchant of Ray to showcase rare skills such as jugglery (Phatikchand) is again seen in this film in the spine-chilling act of a skilled marksman aiming at humans - it was filmed on 'Jatayu.' JOYBABA .. is an engaging, suspenseful film from the master filmmaker. The film has the Hindu holy city of Benaras as the backdrop. Apart from a fine performance by Soumitro Chatterjee in the role of Feluda, the film was elevated several notches by the terrific performance of Utpal Dutta as Maganlal Meghraj - rarely has Utpal Dutta looked so menacing as a villain, his act in Bollywood films playing the evil man was mostly comical. The pivotal child character in the film, endearing called Captain Spark, brought out the child that used to reside in Ray who was enchanted by magic, mysterious occurrences & other aspects of the supernatural, besides his love of adventure. Rating; 4 out of 5


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