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Hatyapuri Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Hatyapuri Movie Review : A Feluda story with a modern twist that needs more work

With Hatyapuri, Sandip Ray brings us a brand new Feluda cast, with Indraneil Sengupta, Abhijit Guha and Ayush Das as Feluda, Jatayu and Topshe respectively. The scene has become modern – cellphones and computers included, but the story follows the original plot quite faithfully. As the trio visits Puri on a leisure trip, they meet a manuscript-loving man who lives in a house with a few others and collects ancient manuscripts as his hobby. They further learn that these manuscripts are priceless, but there’s a buyer waiting for him to sell them.
Indraneil Sengupta’s Feluda is slightly stiff at first, but as the plot progresses, he settles into his role better. Abhijit Guha as Jatayu is overdrawn at times that creates space for good comic relief (albeit a bit too much at times). However, Ayush Das’s Topshe doesn’t convince much with cartoonish expressions at times, and his role has been reduced mostly to one-liners.
Paran Bandopadhyay as the manuscript-obsessed DG Sen is an expert at creating intrigue, while Shaheb Chatterjee as Bilas Majumdar is rather refreshing as a casting choice, doing complete justice to his role. Subhasish Mukherjee has his moments of brilliance, though his expressions are, at times, too stereotypical, perhaps to fit in with Jatayu’s role, but in a scene with Shaheb Chatterjee, he expertly draws all eyes on him as the astrologer who has ‘the sight’.
That being said, hastily shot scenes, as well as a rushed backstory that tries to wrap up the second half really fast while the first part is slowed down painfully is perhaps where editing department could have been done better. Footages of temples and shops selling things from Puri perhaps was an attempt to revisit the nostalgia around the city but ends up looking more like a tourism video rather than connecting with the audience.
With Hatyapuri, Ray gives us new hope for a modern Feluda, but in future, the story, background and acting will need to be more impressive to make an actual impression on the audiences’ mind.
Poorna Banerjee

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