January 9, 2009

Joi Baba Felunath

Joi Baba Felunath (The Elephant God) 1978

Year - 1978
Producer - R.D. Bansal & Co. (R. D. B. Productions)
Screenplay - Satyajit Ray
Based on - The novel Joi Baba Felunath by Satyajit Ray
Photography - Soumendu Roy
Editor - Dulal Dutta
Art Director - Ashoke Bose
Music - Satyajit Ray
Sound - Robin Sen Gupta
Length - 112 min.
Print - Color

Pradosh Mitter (Felu) - Soumitra Chatterjee
Lalmohan Ganguli (Jatayu) - Santosh Dutta
Tapesh Mitter (Tapesh) - Siddharta Chatterjee
Maganlal Meghraj - Utpal Dutta
Ruku Ghosal - Jit Bose
Umanath Ghosal - Haradhan Banerjee
Ambika Ghosal - Bimal Chatterjee
Bisash Sinha - Biplab Chatterjee
Nibaran Chakravarty - Satya Banerjee
Gunomoy Bagchi - Moloy Roy
Sasi Pal - Santosh Sinha
Machli Baba - Manu Mukherjee
Inspector Tewari - Indubhusan Gujral
Arjun - Kamu Mukherjee

The action is set in Benares. The owner of a statuette of Ganesh (the elephant god) is mystified when he receives an offer to purchase the figurine for a price exceeding what would seem to be its reasonable value on the art market. Why should the object be so desirable? Soon afterwards the statuette is stolen, but the detective Feluda — with his indispensible companion Tapesh at his side, and with the help of a writer, an author of novels for children — attempts to unravel the mystery. A reading of Tintin in the Congo, among other things, turns out to be a great help to them.

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