Over four decades ago, award-winning writer and filmmaker Satyajit Ray introduced Feluda, the charming detective, to Bengali Literature. Since then, numerous films have been made based on this character, which have attained immense praise from viewers and critics alike. Noted Bangladeshi actor and director Tauquir Ahmed, who is still basking in the success of his latest release, Fagun Hawai, is now set to direct a web series based on Feluda, with actor Ahmed Rubel in the lead role. Tauquir Ahmed opens up about his latest venture and more in a recent chat with The Daily Star.
Tell us a little about the web series based on Feluda.
We will begin shooting for the series from April 21 and it will be shot in Nawabganj and Chattogram. The series is set in modern-day premises with Feluda's character at the centre of the storyline.
Growing up, were you a fan of Feluda?
Absolutely. In fact, I have watched film adaptations of the Feluda books multiple times throughout my childhood and I enjoy watching them even today. I think that the character is one of the most extraordinary creations in Bengali Literature.
How challenging is it for you to create a series based on such a popular character?
Several renowned directors before me, including Satyajit Ray himself, have made screen adaptations based on Feluda. So, I know that I have high standards to live up to. There are certain limitations that come with directing a web series, but I hope that the audience will like our work.
What made you choose Ahmed Rubel for the role of Feluda?
Ahmed Rubel is one of the most successful actors that we have. He is renowned for his work not just in cinema and television, but also in theatre. I have faith that he will pull off this role with ease.
This is your first time directing a web series. What do you think about the popularity of web-based projects these days?
The internet provides plenty of opportunities to creators and directors and we must apply that in a positive and practical way to our industry. We must modify our ways with the changing times in order to stay relevant. These days, the audience prefers the web as opposed to television and it is great that many directors in our country are catering to that medium.