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Feluda's journey to Bangladesh

Prodosh Chandra Mitra, otherwise known as Feluda, is one of the most popular fictional detective characters in Bengali literature, and was brought to the silver screen by Satyajit Ray himself. From 1965 to 1997, there have been 35 complete stories and four incomplete stories of the Feluda series. Satyajit Ray adapted two of the stories, “Shonar Kella” and “Joy Baba Felunath” into cinemas, in which, celebrated actor Shoumitra Chatterjee played the role of Feluda. Later on, Satyajit's son, Sandeep Ray, went on to make more adaptations of the Feluda series, into both television series and cinemas.

So far, 11 cinemas have been made based on the Feluda series. Sabyasachi Chakrabarty is the most iconic actor for donning the titular role, with his last appearance being in “Double Feluda” in 2016.

For the first time, the copyright of Feluda has been granted outside of the Ray family, and has made its way to Bangladesh. This Eid-ul-Azha, as a joint production of the Candy Productions and TOM Creations, the Bangladeshi audience will get their own Feluda based drama-fiction.

“We have four episodes stocked up for the first season. During Eid, we will release two episodes named 'Sheyal Debotar Rohoshsho' and 'Gontokey Gondogol'. The others will be released after Eid,” said Shahriar Shakil, DGM of Candy Productions. The lead role has been given to Parambrata Chatterjee. Riddhi Sen will be playing Tapshe. Tariq Anam Khan will be playing the lead in “Sheyal Debotar Rohoshsho”, whose name has been changed from Pratul Barua to Tariq Hasan to fit the context. Sharlin Farzana will introduce a new character called Munmun.

About acting in the series, Parambrata said, “I am very pleased to be able to play the role of Feluda. We are all trying our best to make this production worth everyone's appreciation. The concept of web series has become very globally popular, which is why I believe this will definitely appeal to the audience.”

On the other hand, Tariq Anam Khan added, “The homework was well done by the production before embarking on such a journey. They have contextualised Feluda in Bangladesh, and have also made it a point to keep up with this generation and time. With all that in hand, I believe the series will have a good outcome.”

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