Satyajit Ray’s Feluda will come alive on the screen once again, thanks to the BBC and a host of Bollywood stars such as Rahul Bose, Anupam Kher, Jackie Shroff, Dalip Tahil and Jaspal Bhatti. BBC has plans for two special dramatisations of the Feluda detective series, which will be broadcast in English on BBC World Service radio during 2007.
‘Feluda: The Golden Fortress’ will be broadcast on February 10, while ‘Feluda: The Mystery of the Elephant God’ will be broadcast on August 11.
Feluda is a much-loved detective in India fiction. He was created by renowned film director and writer Satyajit Ray, who wrote 35 Feluda stories. The character has made several on-screen appearances in both cinema and TV, but this is the first time Feluda has been dramatised for radio.
Rahul Bose will bring the much-loved fictional Bengali super sleuth to life in the two stories, with Anupam Kher playing his sidekick, the bumbling crime writer Lalmohan Ganguly. Jackie Shroff will play the fraudster Machchli Baba, while Dalip Tahil would be the arch-villain Meganlal Meghraj in ‘The Mystery of the Elephant God’. Jaspal Bhatti will play the jolly taxi driver who steers his cab with his tummy. Newcomer Hari Balasubramaniam plays Topshe in both productions, whilst legendary radio presenter Ameen Sayani essays a role in each. Composer Sanjeev Kohli will be creating a special musical score for the dramatisations.
English writer Ray Grewal has turned the stories into radio plays. He said, “People often say pictures are better on radio, listeners use their imagination to ‘see’ the story. Feluda presents a huge challenge as he is so very well known in India. People have very clear ideas about who he is and what he sounds like. But millions of BBC listeners around the world will be unfamiliar with him, and this is our chance to put one of India’s best known fictional characters on the international map. For those who don’t know Feluda, he is like Sherlock Holmes with a dash of Indiana Jones and Tintin. The stories are high on mystery, action and adventure with plenty of bangs and wallops, but they are also packed full of wit and humour.”