First thing first, this is totally director’s movie. To me Royal Bengal Rahasya (Bengali: রয়েল বেঙ্গল রহস্য) is the best Feluda movie ever from Sandip Ray. The story based mainly on solving a puzzle, which will lead us to a death, show hunger for appreciation, light and shadows of a long time relationship, and hidden truths of the royal families.
Muro hoye buro gach/ hath gon bhat panch/Dik pao thik thik jobabe/falgun tal tor/Dui majhe bhuifor/Sandhane dhondaye nababe.
Answer to the puzzle will lead you to a treasure. So while you are solving the puzzle, let me light up on other aspects of the movie.
In the acting section as usual Sabyasachi Chakroborty (Feluda) is undoubtedly good, Shaheb Bhattacherjee (Topse) had nothing to do other than nodding his head, Bibhu Bhattacharjee (Jatayu) is usual with his high dramatic theater style of acting. But the two actors whom we should not forget to mention are Paran Bandopadhyay, and Bhaswar Chatterjee. Paran Bandopadhyay as a mental patient did the best, no overacting, no shouting but with facial expression, and I will never forget how his right hand was continuously shivering. On the other hand Bhaswar Chatterjee perfectly portrayed a needy guy, who is thankful to the royal family for giving him daily bread.
The screenplay is more than enough to make you sit throughout the picture, and respected the story of Satyajit Ray.
The picturisation where I felt could have been improved with little more concentration and seriousness. Most of the picture had shot in F/32 and even in portrait focusing it was not more than f/8. The focusing in low light condition most of the time is not proper and the main subject was always little soft focused (which is not looking good at all), eyes of the main subject “out of focus” is big no no to me. It seems the shots were taken by some drunken cinematographer. The focus movement is poor, actually there is no focus movement at all. The focus was pre set and cinematographer was expecting, subject to come to the focus point by themselves, a little here and there resulted out of focus picture. And when subject is moving towards the focus point, everything is out of focus. I didn’t like the use of wide angle in moving landscape shots, the trees were changing shapes while coming from right/left to the center point.
The animation is also not so good and when the tiger jumping towards the audience, one can easily tell its an animation.
But overall it is a good package. It has everything required, story, screenplay, acting and the technical parts can be easily overcome by appointing a good cinematographer, and spending little more money, which is actually depends on the producers, directors can never get money expected. You know Laxmi and Saraswati has long time well known fight.
Must mention: Feluda is famous among 8 to 80 years old. To keep children in mind director never shown a dead body, although there is one.
My rating: 4.5/5 (A must watch).