Thursday, January 18, 2007

Satyajit Ray’s ‘Feluda’ on International scene

According to Bollywood News & Gossip, BBC will soon air the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s detective character in literaturesatya.jpg Feluda. Rahul Bose, Anupam Kher, Jackie Shroff, Dalip Tahil and Jaspal Bhatti have been roped in to do two special dramatized versions of the detective series in English on BBC World Service radio. Rahul Bose will step into the shoes of the fictional Bengali super brain to life in the two stories, with Anupam Kher playing his sidekick, the bumbling crime writer Lalmohan Ganguly. Jackie Shroff plays the fraudster Machchli Baba and Dalip Tahil the arch-villain Meganlal Meghraj in story The Mystery of the Elephant God. Jaspal Bhatti will feature in the other story, The Golden Fortress, playing the jolly taxi driver who steers his cab with his tummy. Newcomer Hari Balasubramaniam will play Feluda’s cousin Topshe in both productions and legendary radio presenter Ameen Sayani will make an appearance in both. Sanjeev Kohli does the music composing part of it. English writer Ray Grewal turned the famous filmmaker’s fictional writing into radio plays.

BBC World Service has 42 million listeners in English around the world. It is broadcasting Feluda: The Golden Fortress as part of a special season of programmes called India Rising, which aims to deliver a close-up and personal look at modern India. BBC World Service will broadcast: Feluda: The Golden Fortress on Saturday, February 10, and Feluda: The Mystery of the Elephant God on Saturday, August 11.

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