Sandip Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Barun Chanda, Saheb Bhattacharya
Kolkata, March 3, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Feluda, the immortal character by Satyajit Ray simply needs no introduction. People of every age has loved this sleuth in the same way. This character goes through the entire age spectrum. So, remembering this evergreen character and as well as its creator Satyajit Ray, Bengal Chamber of Commerce arranged such an evening named ‘Evening Adda Feludar Sathe’to make a time travel to that golden era.
Renowned veteran actor Barun Chanda, who is another famous actor used effectively by Ray in the film ‘Sheemabaddha’ coordinated the hour long talk-show, Soumitra Chatterjee, the first ever Feluda in Bengali film industry, Sandip Ray, Saheb Bhattacharyya as Topshey and of course Sabyasachi Chakrabarty who has appeared as felu da in both small and big screen,pleased the audiences who came to enjoy the essence of Ray’s film making and the making of ‘Feluda’ as a character.
One of the untold facts about the ‘Feluda’ character was brought to light by Sandip Ray popularly known as ‘Babu da’ in the industry. Babu Da told at the event, “At first my father decided some names, according to him who had the aptitude of the character. Those names were consisted of Barun Chanda, Dhritiman Chatterjee, and Soumitra Chatterjee. But ultimately Ray with his directorial eyes singled out Soumitra from the rest whom he thought to be the perfect man to portray as Feluda.
While Barun Chanda shed light on the enduring popularity of the character of Feluda, on the two, Sandip Ray and Soumitra, they answered it in a tricky manner, instead of revealing the truest fact of Feluda’s popularity.
Soumitra took out as one of the possible reasons behind Feluda’s acceptance to the world, “It is really a great mystery to be solved that why the character ‘Feluda’ got so much fame and cut through all the age groups. Perhaps, the manner how the character was conceived, with its intelligence, attitude, wit, and the use of ‘magajastra’ made it unique. The individuality which Ray used as a great thinker to create ‘Feluda’ was different, which is the reason why in spite of the rolling popularity of ‘Byomkesh’, Feluda still held its popularity.”
Sabyasachi Chakrabarty shared his view regarding the grand success of Feluda series at the event, “I am still investigating how an imaginary character like Feluda could get so much recognition. In fact nobody but Ray can reveal it. If others could get to know it so easily, the Feluda character could be woven by anyone else. It was the superhero Ray, who had the answer. He was a masterpiece in Indian cinema. His timing, discipline, intelligence and perfection led him to the peak of success.”
Sandip Ray expressed on this context, “His skill, intelligence and his talents made him a mysterious blueprint, which was impossible to be resolved.”
-By Barshali Banerjee (firstname.lastname@example.org)