The character of Felu Da had been made into films at different times, where Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabyasachi Chakraborty played the lead role.
Development of the Feluda Character
The first story of Feluda was published in the year 1965 in Sandesh, a children's periodical founded by Ray's grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray Chauduri and edited by Ray himself. In the series that followed, the super Bengali sleuth, to solve cases, mainly relies upon his superb analytical ability and observation skill, referred mostly as 'Magajastra' or brain-weapon, instead of using physical strength or weapons.
While taking up cases, he is indeed very choosy and goes for the ones that are cerebral and requires the use of 'Magajastra'. He is a proud owner of .32 Colt Revolver but he doesn't use this weapon frequently. He also has through knowledge of martial art and he put that skill to use for solving couple of cases. He is good at disguises too.
On a more personal note, FeluDa is a regular Bengali living with uncle and his cousin, Topse. His father was Late Jaykrishna Mitter, who was a Mathematics and Sanskrit Languageteachers at Dhaka Collegiate School. Before taking up the profession of private detective, Prodosh Chandra Mitra taught in a school. He always enjoys giving class room like lectures and finds an enthusiastic listener in the form of his cousin Tapesh. He also uses his oratory skill to cajole the culprit in confessing their crime. He is an early riser and starts his day with yoga. Though he is very conscious about his health, Feluda enjoys smoking Charminar cigarettes and chewing betel leaves. Like most Bengali he is also lover of delicious food, famous movies and music and books.
While reading a Feluda story, there are other essential characters that one may come across. Two of the most significant characters are Tapesh Ranjan Mitra and Jatayu, Lalmohon Ganguli or Lalmohon Babu. The character of Topse is based on the Arthur Conan Doyle's conception of John Watson. Topshe is the quintessential assistant and devotedly records each of Prodosh Mitra's exploits. Feluda lives with Topshe's family. He is extremely fond and very protective of him.
Jatayu, Lalmohon Ganguli or Lalmohon Babu, is a close associate of Prodosh Chandra Mitra, and is portrayed as the novelist of a Bengali crime thrillers series, composed under the pen name 'Jatayu'. His crime stories are typically scoffed as amazing, given that his protagonist superhero Prakhar Rudra is six-and-a-half foot tall.
Following is a list of hard cover edition books with some details:
Feludar Goendagiri (Danger in Darjeeling)
Bhusarga Bhayankar (Peril in paradise)
Bombaier Bombete (The Bandits of Bombay)
Londone Feluda (Feluda in London)
Nepolioner Chithi (Napoleon's Letter)
Kailash Choudharyr Pathar (Kailash Chowdhury's Jewel)
Ghurghutiyar Ghatana (The Locked Chest)
Golapi Mukta Rahasya (The Mystery of the Purple Stone)
Samaddarer Chabi (The Key)
Sheyal Debota Rahasya (The Anubis Mystery)
Ambar Sen Antardhyan Rahasya (The Disappearance of Ambar Sen)
Jahangirer Swarnamudra (The Gold Coins of Jehangir)
Golokdham Rahasya (Mystery at Golok Lodge)
Bosepukure Khunkharapi (The Acharya Murder Case)
Shakuntalar Kanthahar (Shakuntala's Necklace)
Indrajal Rahasya (The Magical Mystery)
Dr Munshir Diary (Dr Munshi's Diary)
Apsara Theatre-er Mamla (The case of the Apsara Theatre)
Joy baba felunath
Ebar kando kedarnath
Joto kando kathmandute
(Last Updated on : 09-09-2014)
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