Sunday, January 13, 2008

FELUDA + FELUDA

I again watched Satyajit Ray’s ‘Jai Baba Felunath’ today on the Zee Studio tribute series that's been going on for the past two months, where they feature a film by the genius every Sunday at 3PM. What a brilliantly crafted movie it is! Not sure if that same mastery, or that form of brilliance will ever be captured again. However Sandip Ray has done a great job with a fast, slick and a more contemporary format for ‘Kailashe Kelenkari’ (A Killer in Kailash) which I managed to watch at the INOX, City Center, Kolkata recently with all my cousins.


Just as Sonar Kella was a showcase of Rajasthan (Jaisalmer in particular), ‘Jai Baba…’ seemed like a showcase of Kashi, ‘Kailashe…’ is a showcase of the enigmatically beauteous caves of Ellora. All the three stories in their fiction format are absolutely fabulous and their cinematic versions, including the latter one will definitely reach public glory.

The way the movie starts, after an aircraft crash and the clever ending is crafted well. The shots inside the caves are breathtaking and the acting by Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Dipankar Dey (lead villain) is superb! Parambroto as a more mature Topshe and Bibhu Bhattacharya as Lalmohan Ganguly have given excellent performances too. Overall the quality of this movie is a good notch higher than ‘Bombaiyer Bombete’, which did have an excellent climax.

A tight script executed by Sandip Ray focuses on Feluda and Co.’s successful capture of the head of a gang that involves in stealing rare sculptures and precious idols out of national monuments and selling or smuggling them off to foreigners for a fortune. The story is interspersed with twists and turns and fast paced action sequences. Also Sandip Ray has used that music from ‘Sonar Kella’ as the theme music as he did in his previous film, with some great improvisations.

All in all I’d rate it a 4/5, and the accompanying great sound effects inside INOX sure add to the quality feeling ...!

REVIEW: The Telegraph

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