BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: 2020 is all about bad news. But then Mahendra Soni of SVF made an announcement on Wednesday morning, which made film lovers across Bengal cheer up. On the occasion of Satyajit Ray’s 100th birth anniversary, SVF announced a film where the maestro’s two immortal creations — Feluda and Professor Shanku — will be seen coming together on the big screen. It will be directed by Sandip Ray.
This is the first time Feluda and Shanku, the two most iconic characters of Bengali literature, will come together in one film in different stories of their own. Of course, a lot of questions are popping in the mind as to who will play Feluda given Abir Chatterjee, who was the choice for the sleuth, decided to play Byomkesh too. However, Sandip Ray did not want the same actor to play both the roles. So, should we see Abir coming back as Feluda or another actor from Bengal will be seen as the detective? Sandip Ray had also mentioned in several interviews how he is frantically searching for Jatayu but after the death of actor Bibhu Bhattacharya, he hasn’t found the right actor. In Sandip Ray’s Professor Shonku O El Dorado, we saw Dhritiman Chatterji as Professor Shanku. So, we are hoping, we will see the same actor reprising the role.
But then, the production house and the director are in no mood to divulge any detail now. But the release date has been announced, i.e. May 2021.
Sandip Ray, while talking about his vision and desires related to the film, said, “I want to select two of the best stories of Feluda and Shanku for this film to show the grandeur of the characters. Till date I have made Feluda and Shanku as different contents. But bringing them together in one film is challenging and exciting at the same time.I hope this film will remain memorable for a long time among the audience.”
In the process of selecting the best stories of Feluda and Shanku, Sandip Ray recalls the vision his father had behind creating the classic characters of Feluda, Topshe, Lal Mohan Ganguli and Shanku. All of these characters have quintessentially been a part of every Bengali’s nostalgia since the beginning of time. The first look of the poster gives a clear idea about the action and fine elements that will be infused in the film. Feluda’s action combined with Shanku’s inventions and their adventures wrapped in a single film will undoubtedly be slated as a remarkable gift to all the Bengalis.
সত্যজিৎ রায়ের শতবর্ষ উপলক্ষে ফেলুদা-শঙ্কুর জমজমাট জোট!
— Mahendra Soni (@iammony) October 21, 2020
Excited to present something new to the audience on Satyajit Ray’s birth anniversary, Mahendra Soni, co-founder and director of SVF said, “Getting to see Feluda and Professor Shanku on screen in the same film is a big thing for the Bengali audience. I have immense faith in the filmmaking of Sandip Ray and believe he can create wonders with his father’s work. It’s a pleasure and honor to work on Satyajit Ray’s creation and characters and getting to present a bit more of him to the audience on his 100th birth anniversary. I hope this film will make the next year much more special to the Bengali audience and all Ray lovers. “