The action is set in Benares. The owner of a statuette of Ganesh (the elephant god) is mystified when he receives an offer to purchase the figurine for a price exceeding what would seem to be its reasonable value on the art market. Why should the object be so desirable? Soon afterwards the statuette is stolen, but the detective Feluda — with his indispensible companion Tapesh at his side, and with the help of a writer, an author of novels for children — attempts to unravel the mystery. A reading of Tintin in the Congo, among other things, turns out to be a great help to them. –Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center
Satyajit Ray is one of cinema’s truest Renaissance men. In addition to his films, he is a reputed writer of short stories, a music composer (scores for his own films and other film-makers, notably Merchant-Ivory’s Shakespeare Wallah) and a painter and graphic designer of considerable skill. Appropriately enough, Ray derived from a background of great culture, the son of poet Sukumar Ray who died when he was three years old. His interest in fine arts, literature and painting led him to reside at Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan (an intellectual retreat for artists and thinkers) for a significant period of time. Ray’s true love however was the cinema. The cinema of 30s Hollywood, which included Fred Astaire musicals and comedies by Ernst Lubitsch; Russian films he devoured in repeated viewings at the Calcutta Film Society (which he co-founded in 1947) and later the Italian neorealist films which he discovered in London.
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It's a great thing to see one of the world's best directors move around different genres with the genius of a Howard Hawks, but with elements that could only be extracted from his own country. The Elephant God and The Golden Fortress are top class investigation films; this one more humorous and attractively shot around the beautiful architecture of Varanasi.