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Item Code: NAL195
Author: Boria Majumdar
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9789351365785
Pages: 216, (30 B/W and 51 Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 330 gm
About the Book

In 1965, Satyajit Ray, drawing from the detective tradition made popular by characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, created a character who would go on to influence Bengalis of an entire generation: Feluda. And when Soumitra Chatterjee played the dapper detective in the film Sonar Kella, a cult was born. Fifty years later, the cult endures. Every new Feluda film has the box office in a tizzy.

Feluda @ 50 seeks to explore the phenomenon. What makes Feluda tick? What is it that love about this man? Why is it that every Feluda film continues to run to packed houses for weeks and mother on end in an otherwise struggling Bengali film industry? What is the way forward for the franchise in the years to come? What role do Feluda’s sidekicks, Topshe and Lalmohan-babu, play? The book also delves into Ray’s motivations for keeping Feluda cocooned from contemporary politics and never allowing him to have a love interest.

Also including in-depth interviews with the three stars who have played Feluda onscreen, this is the quintessential fan tribute and a celebration of Feluda on the occasion of the sleuth’s fiftieth anniversary.

About the Author

Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes scholar, went to the University of Oxford. His doctorate was published as Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom: A Social History of Indian Cricket. He has taught at the universities of Chicago, Toronto and La Trobe, where he was the first distinguished visiting fellow in 2005. He was also a visiting fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, in 2009. He is currently senior research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and consulting editor, sports, at the India Today Group.

Boria is the co-author of Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography Playing It My Way, and is one of India’s leading sports scholars and journalist. Some of his other books include Olympics: The India Story, Goalless: The Story of a Unique Footballing Nation and The Illustrated History of Indian Cricket.

Contents

Part One
Decoding Feluda: What Makes the Fifty-year-old Tick?3
Going Backstage with Feluda19
Part Two
Felu Mittir: Between Bhadrolok and Chhotolok39
Modus Operandi: Two or Three Things I Know About Feluda56
I Want to Be Topshe: Feluda and the Female Reader77
Life Lessons from Feluda90
Do I Love Him or Hate Him? Dealing with Prodosh C. Mitter and His Future105
Part Three
Feluda Is an Out-and-out Entertainer, which Byomkesh Is Not'119
In My Mind, I Was Feluda'135
Soumitra Chatterjee Will Forever Be the Original Feluda'150
Part Four
Brand Feluda: The Way Forward167
The Feluda Case Files172
Acknowledgements175

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