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07-30-2009, 02:36 PM #1
Ray's fictional character to make screen debut
Professor Shonku, the fictional scientist of Satyajit Ray's eponymous books for children, will now demonstrate his exploits to the global audience on screen under the direction of Sandip Ray, the film maestro's son.
The absent-minded scientist is a universal favourite among children in Bengal and elsewhere like Ray's other famous creation, detective Feluda, on whom several films have been made -- both by the maestro himself and his son.
But it will be the first time a film on Professor Shonku will be made. In fact, the little ones often engage in a debate over who is greater - Feluda or Professor Shonku.
In both camps, there are die-hard followers."Like countless readers cutting across age, I am also an avid Professor Shonku fan. I remember I used to eagerly wait for the next installment of the science wizard's book which was being serialized then in a children's magazine," Sandip recalls.
The film, which is expected to be taken up by 2012, will be made in English as the character is a globe-trotter rushing to far corners of the world either to solve riddles or interact with his colleagues.
Sandip says only an actor with an international outlook can do justice to the character of Professor Shonku.
And not only that, he has to match his physical attributes like short height, balding pate and slouching frame.
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