It’s the month of December and Feluda is back with the latest Feluda film-Royal Bengal Rahasya which has hit the screens. December has always had an unique relation with Feluda as they always release ion December to cash in on the festive mood of the season and since the Feluda series are essentially family entertainers, why not make the most out of it?
After last year’s ‘Gorasthaney Sabdhan’ which was a phenomenal success last year because it was the first film in the series to have been shot entirely in Kolkata and while it was cerebral in nature and featured a part of Kolkata and certain places of yesteryears which were/are very special to the city of Kolkata, Feluda‘s latest adventure is in the jungle.
This time Feluda goes to the jungles of North Bengal on the invitation of a zamindar and wildlife writer Mohitosh Singh Roy and unearths the hidden secrets of the Singha Roy family. There are certain characters like Mohitosh’s secretary Tarit, Sashanka, Debatosh (elder brother of Mohitosh and slightly deranged) who make the story quite interesting. There is a death, there are lies, there is deception, there is an old puzzle to be solved and there is a man eating tiger and even a snake all of which makes the film a highly adventurous one.
The film does not have a live tiger though one might expect to see one and the one we see on screen is animated though the snake is real. However the plot, the characters and the setting in the jungle makes it very interesting. The film is also a visual treat because
the scenes shot in the jungles of the Doars are simply captivating and so are the interiors of the palace in Dhenkanal in Orissa as well as the exterior. In fact any person would think the palace lies in the same forest in it’s interiors, but in reality the palace is in Orissa and the forest in North Bengal. Shocking, yet marvelous. Incidentally the palace shown in the film belongs to K.P.Singh Deo, a veteran Congress leader.
The background score in Feluda films has always been essential to the theme and moment and this film is no exception. Though we see other characters with cell phones, Feluda continues to be without one. Maybe that will destroy the charm. There are enough moments to keep the suspense going.
There are newcomers in this film who are new to the Feluda series like Bhaswar Chatterjee, B.D.Mukherjee and Debesh Roychoudhury.They are simply fantastic.
The person who really stands out in this film is Bibhu Bhattacharya. In his last role as Jatayu before he passed away, it is a complete last hurrah from him! He really stands out with his acting and the scene where he falls unconscious while sitting on the branch of a tree and yet manages not to fall is a class act and a scene which stands out in the entire film. It makes you think that you will never see the man again! Surely Sandip Roy will have a tough time finding a new Jatayu as and when he makes another Feluda film again.
This film has been produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films who are balancing their act by producing quality good Bengali films like Autograph, Royal Bengal Rahasya and other films in that category besides producing the standard commercial fare. It shows a good initiative taken by them.
Royal Bengal Rahasya is a perfect winter entertainer for all Feluda fans with the thrills in the right place and the last hurrah from Bibhu is the thing to watch out for.