"I had become a fan of Manik da's (Satyajit Ray) detective soon after Badshahi Angti was published. I had never imagined that I would be the one to play the character onscreen. When Manik da first called me to say that I would play Felu in Sonar Kella, I was thrilled," said Soumitra Chatterjee
"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. 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"