Actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty, who felt he was getting too old to play Satyajit Ray's thinking man's private detective Feluda anymore, has said he never completely ruled out facing the camera and audience as one of the most lovable Bengali fictional and screen heroes in Sandip Ray's celluloid series, adapted from the books penned by his father, the late maestro.
Talking about this big question in Tollywood (Bengali film industry) over playing Feluda, a role that was immortalized in the 1970s by none other than Dadasahek Phalke winning Soumitra Chatterjee, the Tollywood actor said, "I said in my previous interviews that I am growing old and Feluda won't suit me on screen anymore."
At a function organized by 92.7 BIG FM to commemorate the birthday of Ray, Sabyasachi Chakraborty said: "If I get a chance to Feluda again then will surely go for it.
While talking about the upcoming projects, Sandip Ray said two films based on his father´s stories are line up- Badshahi Aunty in 2014 (a Feluda series film) and Shonku in 2015.
92.7 BIG FM Kolkata celebrated the life and career of the legendary filmmaker with the screening of "Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen" organized
by Bioscope cineplex in Kolkata´s Axis Mall in association with Priya Entertainment.
The event also witnessed a panel discussion which brought together Ray´s filmmaker son Sandip Ray, actors Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Saswata Chatterjee (who play Feluda´s intelligent assistant Topse in the initial Feluda series films by Sandip Ray), Chairperson of PEPL and proprietor of Piyali Films Purnima Dutta, besides 92.7 BIG FM Kolkata Station Head and Cluster Head (East) Susmit Chandra.
At the panel discussion, Sandip Ray shared some personal experiences along with some never-seen-before photographs of his father while actors Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Saswata Chatterjee narrated how they are influenced by the works of Satyajit Ray.
(Reporting by Shubhrima Dutta, image by Avishek Mitra/IBNS)