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‘Arey… Gorpar-er lok moshai… Hindi ki keu sadhe bole….!?’

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A wave of nostalgia induced by this post, led to an youtube-hunting session with a desire to revisit what is possibly one of the most memorable – not to mention comic – scences ever created in the history of Indian cinema :the meeting of Jatayu with Feluda and Topse on a train while it stops at Kanpur.

I have seen this film possibly more than hundred times and this particular scene is etched in memory, yet it doesn’t age.

Sorry Non-bongs, look elsewhere; no amount of translation can convery the nuanced wit.

PS – On the way back from Kolkata, the current crop of Feluda, Topse and Jatayu were traveling on the same plane till Singapore. I gathered they were on their way for an on-location shooting, not doubt with a view to butcher (sorry, not a big fan of Sandip Ray’s version of Feluda’s) Tintoretor Jishu (IMHO, one of the weaker Feluda novels).

Suffice to say, that these guys, Sabyasachi (Feluda), Parambrata Chatterjee (Topshe) and Bibhu Bhattacharya (Lalmohan Ganguly) are no patch on Soumitra, Sidharth Chaterjee and of course, the incompareable Santosh Dutta. I especially took an instant dislike for the new Topshe: of course he was out of character, but all-together too much of a smartypants. Topse is supposed to be innocent.

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

May 22, 2008 at 12:49 am

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  1. ekdom phata phati boss!


    May 23, 2008 at 7:18 am

  2. “Sonar Kella”, in my opinion is one of the best thriller comedies ever made in Indian cinema. I know almost all the lines from the film. The best villains I have ever seen.

    Sudipta Bhawmik

    May 30, 2008 at 12:10 pm

  3. It is amazing how Ray transformed a detective story in Sonar Kella (where the culprit is not known till the end) to an adventure film (where the goons are identified upfront and the story is about catching them). I visited Jaisalmer in 1998 and was intrigued that the ruins of the house that was made to be Mukul’s home in the film is still referred to as “Mukul Bari”.


    June 1, 2008 at 1:57 am

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