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Mountains Of The Moon (2013)

Chander Pahar (original title)
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Faced with the prospect of a dim future in his impoverished village, young Shankar bids farewell to his family in rural Bengal and makes a journey to the fabled "Mountain Of The Moon" in search of gold and diamond mines.


Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (original novel), Kamaleswar Mukherjee (screenplay)



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Credited cast:
Dev ... Shankar
Gérard Rudolf ... Diego Alvarez
Martin Cito Otto Martin Cito Otto ... Jim Carter
Nabeel Khan Nabeel Khan ... Tirumal Appa
Paul Ditchfield Paul Ditchfield ... Jacobus Marius
David James David James ... Albuquerque
Peter Moruakgomo Peter Moruakgomo ... Zulu Chief
Matthew Monika Matthew Monika ... Zulu King
Rafiq Jibhay Rafiq Jibhay ... Patel
Keith Gendagoo Keith Gendagoo ... Prasad Das
Luthuli Dlamini Luthuli Dlamini ... Dan Mabiru
Ramambila Muladelo Ramambila Muladelo ... Masai Cheif
Andrew Stock Andrew Stock ... Attilio Gatti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamal Ray Chowdhury Tamal Ray Chowdhury ... Shankar's Father (as Tamal Roychowdhury)
Laboni Sarkar Laboni Sarkar ... Shankar's Mother


Chander Pahar is the journey to the fabled, 'Mountain Of The Moon', in search of gold and diamond mines, up against threats as vivid and varied as lurking snakes, pouncing lions, poisonous flora, the fury of an active volcano and a seemingly, almost supernatural mythical horror 'The Bunyip' the guardian angel of the diamond cave. However it is also the story of grit and determination, a story of following one's dream against all odds and emerging victorious, a story about a young lad called Shankar who faced with the prospect of having to make a living as a factory worker in his impoverished village, bids farewell to his family in Keutia, Rural Bengal and through his aid Prasad Das Banopadhay who happens to work for the Uganda railway head office sets sail to the Dark Continent to work as the station master in Nakuru station, it's a dream come true for Shankar who has always envisioned himself as a Expeditionary and holds good knowledge in world geography and map reading. Written by Aloke Majumder

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In 1909, one Indian dared to explore Africa in search of the...


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English | Bengali

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountain of the Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »


Box Office


INR 150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 13,600,000 (India), 20 December 2013, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Construction of the Uganda Railways began in 1896 and finished at the line's terminus, Kisumu, on the eastern shore of Lake Victoria, in 1901. See more »


Shankar: The "Mountain of the Moon" is calling out to us.
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Crazy Credits

In the background of the rolling title credits, Shankar's steamer can be seen sailing. See more »


Followed by The Amazon Expedition (2017) See more »


Chander Pahar Theme
Composed by Indraadip Dasgupta
Performed by Arijit Singh
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User Reviews

One of the Worst Movies Ever made.
30 December 2013 | by atri-arcruiser-kunduSee all my reviews

Chander Pahar, based on the great novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, was a great venture of Tollywood. Indeed, a praise-worthy act. First, let me point out the positive sides- Excellent job done with the camera, POV and Focal Length, all. The set was also very good. But, Chander Pahar is far away from being called a Film. It is like a 148 minutes program on Nat Geo channel- an African Safari. Over use of African landscape spoiled it. Dev as Shankar was a total mess, any other actor would have been better. The film lacked the thrill, and it was hard to continue in the second half. The film might be a great one for Bengali Cinema, yet it needs much advancement in acting, direction and screenplay.

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