Satyajit Ray's iconic fictional sleuth Feluda will re-appear on the silver screen towards 2016 end as the maestro filmmaker's son Sandip gets set to bring together two stories of the detective in a single feature film.
The film will be produced by Eros International Media, a Mumbai-based production house.
Sandip, whose first Feluda feature film for the big screen was Bombaier Bombete, said that he planned to show one Feluda story in each half.
"Abir, who was accepted by the audience in the role of the famous fictional detective in Badshahi Angti, will be in the same role. He will be my sleuth from now on," Sandip said.
"Abir fits the bill as a star with his young age, athletic build, height and intelligent face — all essential prerequisites which my father had visualised," he said.
Sandip said that he had thought about Abir long before he debuted as an actor in the role of another popular Bengali fictional detective (Byomkesh), in a film by a fellow director.
A spokesman of Eros, which has made a string of box office hits in Hindi — including Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, said, "We are happy to produce film on Feluda, who is a popular Bengali character immortalised in books and celluloid."
The production house will also be debuting in its first Bengali movie Monchora that has also been directed by Sandip and set to release this Christmas.
Monchora, a romantic drama, is an adaptation of a story by Bengali author Saradindu Bandyopadhyay, Sandip said.
The films stars Abir and Raima Sen, with whom Sandip is working for the first time.
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