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Joi Baba Felunath: The Elephant God (1979)

Joi Baba Felunath (original title)
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 »

Director:

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 ... 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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Sound Mix:

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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The King of the Jungle
5 February 2013 | by samiransen23-592-446824See all my reviews

With very little frills, the story is more than wonderful. The characters of Feluda, Topesh and Jatayu have been vividly portrayed and Utpal Dutt played his role just too well. The alternate humorous and serious scenes kept up the goodness of the story.

A point worth noting is the intelligent way of revealing the mystery at the end of the story which did not appear throughout the film. There was no main mystery and the watchers knew from the very first scene that Maganlal Meghraj (Utpal Dutt) was the villain. Yet there were shots which were kept unexplained. However, the watchers made no attempt to put they grey matter into work as they, most naturally, assumed those scenes to be insignificant --- a bit of smoke that Meghraj noticed behind the curtains, the hiding of a diamond in Jatayu's story, the Lucknow Station on the radio and a lot more.

The brilliant climax was unexpected and still stands out of the other ordinary films.


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