No no not the ‘falooda’ you forever dessert crazy friends, F for Feluda the detective created by Satyajit Ray.
Technically speaking the detective’s name is Prodosh Mitter but he is called Feluda and is one of Bengali literature’s fine creations. Satyajit Ray in addition to making movies also managed a magazine for children called ‘Sandesh’ yes, this sounds like a name of a sweet as well 🙂
Numerous stories featuring Felu da, Topshe and Jatayu the writer were written by Satyajit Ray. These tales have also come out in English. I fondly remember my first big purchase at the Madras Book Fair, many, many years ago! A two voulme set that collected all the Feluda stories. One fortnight during the Christmas and New Year sale, I worked at Viveks – Luz Corner selling Siemens washing machines and dishwashers. This was about 14 years ago. I was paid Rs 150 a day if memory serves me right! I got about 1800 rupess totally for my stint there. I still recollect getting a cotton saree for my mother, some sweets and handed 1000 rupees to Amma. The saree and sweets came to 400 and I had 400 to buy books. Plus about 200 from earlier savings. Quaid-E-Milleth College was the book fair venue, all those years ago, the books still remain in a special corner in my book-case.
OK back to the movies – Satyajit Ray made – Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress) and Joi Baba Felunath (The Elephant God). His Sandip Ray made some more movies – not a patch on to the original though it recreates the nostalgia and love for Feluda that every Bengali has! Oh – by-the-way – I was born and brought up in Calcutta – so this love for Feluda and all things Calcutta!!
Sonar Kella is set primarily in Rajasthan and has themes of reincarnation, hidden treasure, peacocks and kidnappers and thieves rolled into one.
Joi Baba Felunath has Utpal Dutt in a superb role as a cunning villain and the movie is about a relicof a rich Marwari family – the idol of Ganesha that has a lot of people interested in it.
Watch the movies here: