Anonymous wrote on Dec 5 2008 10:24AM
The Niyogis at Baikunthapur possesed an old painting of Jesus Christ (Jishu) by famous Italian painter Tintoretto. It was lazing on a wall in the studio of painter Chandrashekhar Niyogi, a member of the family who got the artwork as a gift from his Italian in-laws. He left home twenty years ago to study fine arts in Italy.
The painting lay idle, till an article in an English newspaper, contributed by Maharaja Bhudeb Singh of Bhagawangarh, estimated its market price— a whopping $ 1 million. Bhudeb was a friend of Chandrashekhar. He had summoned the artist to his estate to get his portrait done long back, and developed a friendship since.
The article kicked off a chain of events at the Niyogi residence.
A young man comes to the fore out of nowhere, claiming to be Rudrashekhar Niyogi — the son of Chandrashekhar who grew up in Italy. He holds that the artwork is his inheritance from his dead father.
Then, one of the two pet fox terriers of the family is poisoned to death.
Enter Hiralal Somani, an art dealer. He offers to buy the masterpiece.
At this point, a chance meeting of Nabakumar, another member of the Niyogi clan, with Feluda brings the private detective to Baikunthapur. Nabakumar insists that Feluda look into the strange murder of the dog. Having established a link between the painting and the dog’s death, he, along with Jatayu and Topshe, leaves for Bhagawangarh. Once there, Maharaja Bhudeb Singh reveals some information that stuns the detective, and the course of investigation changes.
Back home, Feluda discovers that Rudrashekhar has vanished. And a knockoff has changed place with the original artwork. He gets a hint that the original is heading for Hong Kong, a free-haven for art-smugglers.
Feluda must travel to Hong Kong now to save the painting from the clutches of smugglers. Who scripted the deceit—Rudrashekhar, Somani or somebody else? Will Feluda be able to bring the artwork back?
Official Synopsis From T. Sarkar Productions