Jesus Christ has arrived in the city 14 days ahead of 25th December- courtesy film director Sandip Ray as his latest Feluda- adventure releases in the theatres on this Friday, the 12th.
Satyajit Ray wrote this detective adventure story in the early eighties. In this story the climax of the story was in Hong Kong and that is the reason why this film was kept shelved for long two years. Sandip started the shooting of the film in 2005 but the producers were not keen to shoot the film in Hong Kong, so the delay. Ultimately, the producers were changed and the climax shooting in Hong Kong was done in the middle of 2008.
The story of the film “Tintorettor Jishu” revolves around a painting of Jesus Christ by the eminent Italian painter Tintorettor some time in the late sixteenth century. He was one of the best painters in the Renaissance period.
The film starts in a jungle where we see a golden Retriever is killed by a knife. The person was revealed when he shoots the caretaker of the dog also. And after a few minutes he came to a palace where he introduce himself as Rudrasekhar Neogi, the only son of late Chandrasekhar Neogi who left India in the early thirties to Rome. He became a painter and came back to India in the Seventies. But suddenly he again left the house, but this time to the Himalayas in the 1990’s. Rudrasekhar (Shilajit) is his son who has come for the first time in India to claim the part of the huge property. After a while it becomes clean that Rudrasekhar is only interested in a that priceless painting of Jesus by Tintorettor and he wants to sell it to Hiralal Somani (Biswajit Chakraborty), an art dealer of Kolkata.
The film starts with a great pace in the beautiful locate of Jhargram which is Baikunthapur in the film. The Jhargram palace is the palace of the Neogi’s where next-gen Neogi Nabakumar (Bhaskar Banerjee) resides with his father. Nabakumar brings Feluda and his Co. to this palace as he was greatful to them for helping him to change the tyre of the vintage car in the midst of the jungle road.
This story by Satyajit Ray has a family free of the Neogi’s. Sandip is so fact in describing “who is who”, it becomes very different to follow the relationship between Rudrasekhar and Nabakumar. Unless you have previously gone through the adventure novel by the senior Ray. Initially looking at Bhaskar Banerjee and Shilajit, everyone thought they are cousin brothers, but actually Shilajit has played the role of uncle of Bhaskar.
The story shifts for a very small time to Bilaspur. The beautiful lake-mountain view of the UP town is marvelously captured by Sandip while Feluda comes to know from the writer of an article on Chandrasekhar that Chandrasekhar is still living as he had received a letter from him only eight years back.
Sandip was criticized in his earlier two films for making his sleuth a gun-savvy detective instead of a cerebral investigator as depicted by his father Satyajit Ray. This time he was very careful to portray the sleuth on line with his father. So here, Feluda is a little bit thinking guy. Only we find his macho power in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong as a background of this film is unique. Credit goes to Sandip as he was not floored by the location. Rather he used the location as the background for depicting the story. Today’s Hong Kong is far different than what was 30 years ago. So Sadip has to change certain things. The action sequence in the Hong Kong Dockyard in the night is not miss-matched at all.
But the role of Paran Banerjee as Purnendu Paul, a owner of a Hong Kong- Restaurant who becomes a helping hard of Felu Mitter ultimately, describes the city like a typical tourist guide. Satyajit Ray’s Feluda stories are though a sort of travelogue, but he never made us feel that we are with a typical tourist guide. The information used to come in a very subtle manner both in his novels and his writings. Purnendu Paul in this film has spoilt the Satyajit- genre of story- telling.
There is Rabin (Tota Roy Chowdhury) who comes in the first half and the last half of the film. Rabin gave his identity as a journalist writing on artist Chandrasekhar. Feluda meets him on a dinning table first in Baikunthapur. To him the eating style of Rabin seems very peculiar. That is the only clue to Feluda to identify who actually Rabin is. But Sandip never shows us elaborately the eating style of Rabin. He should have given the audience a chance. Feluda adventure- story is never a “whodunit”. Ray never was interested in doing any whodunit, so this is a shift from Ray genre.
Biswajit Chakraborty as Hiralal Somani has done what the director has instructed. This is not understood why Hiralal Somani speaks exactly like Maganlal Meghraj of “JOY BABA FELUNATH”? We have seen many non-Bengali characters in Satyajit Ray’s film, but everyone speaks differently. Maganlal Meghraj and Utpal Dutt has become an “Icon”, why destroying it?