Satyajit Ray's iconic fictional sleuth Feluda will re-appear on the silver screen towards the end of 2016 as the director's son Sandip is 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 Bombaiyer 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 Chatterjee long before he featured as another popular Bengali fictional detective (Byomkesh Bakshi) in a film by director Anjan Dutt. (Also Read: A Tale of Two Byomkesh Bakshis: Anjan Dutt Didn't Want 'Another Abir')
A spokesman of Eros, which has backed films like 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."( Also Read: The Making of a Master Sleuth: Abir Chatterjee, From Byomkesh to Feluda)
Eros' first Bengali movie Monchora has also been directed by Sandip and set to release on Christmas.
Monchora, a romantic drama, is an adaptation of a story by Bengali author Saradindu Bandyopadhyay. The film stars Abir and Raima Sen, with whom Sandip is working for the first time.