Review: Royal Bengal Rahasya

Royal Bengal Rahasya (Dir.: Sandip Ray; Cast: Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Bibhu Bhattacharya, Saheb Bhattacharya et al.)

The biggest praise one can shower on Royal Bengal Rahasya is that it reminds the viewer of the first two Feluda movies made by the master Satyajit Ray himself.

In its tone and mood, Royal Bengal Rahasya strikes the right chord with the veteran Feluda fan while managing to be contemporary in its look and feel

In its tone and mood, Royal Bengal Rahasya strikes the right chord with the veteran Feluda fan while managing to be contemporary in its look and feel to enchant the new generation of fans as well. As a result of which, one tends to keep aside one’s skepticism despite an aging Sabyasachi Chakraborty reprising the role of the young sleuth yet again.

Royal Bengal Rahasya is a film made with care, case in point being the immaculate casting in the character roles. The outdoor sequences are shot well, capturing a natural beauty and reminding the old viewers of the additional attraction of Feluda stories being captivating travel diaries which Satyajit Ray brought out in the first Feluda movie, Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress) as well. Royal Bengal Rahasya, the novel, is one of the most thrilling Feluda adventures, with a denouement surprising the reader in a manner most unexpected. The film does justice to this denouement at the end of the winding plot, as well as to the characters, both the central trio and the others. And of course, the theme is reassuring, as themes are, in its familiarity !

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