Feludar Goyendagiri Review: No Thrills For This Thriller

Feludar Goyendagiri is a thriller TV series directed by Srijit Mukherji and starring Tota Roy Choudhury, Kalpan Mitra, Anirban Chakrabarti and Barun Chanda, alongside other cast members. The series has 6 episodes, each with a runtime of around 20 minutes.

Hoichoi describes the series as:

Wherever Feluda goes for a vacation, mystery follows him there. Why should Darjeeling be any different! When Feluda lands in Darjeeling with Topshe and Lalmohan Babu, a murder makes Feluda don the hat of a private investigator on a quest to unmask the killer.

– Feludar Goyendagiri review does not contain spoilers –

For Bengalis, few things carry more emotion than Darjeeling and Feluda. When you put these two together, any piece of media is going to be close to our hearts regardless. Feludar Goyendagiri, based on Darjeeling Jomjomat by Satyajit Ray, will remind you of the Feluda movies that we have grown up watching… but not quite.

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The problem with watching newer renditions of the thrilling series is you are always left to compare them with Ray’s Sonar Kella or Joi Baba Felunath. And let me be clear, our dynamic trio will always be Soumitra Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta and Siddartha Chatterjee in my heart. But that being said, Tota Roy Choudhury, Kalpan Mitra and Anirban Chakrabarti try to bring the essence of the characters that we have grown up watching to our screens.

Roy Choudhury plays the role of the suave and insightful detective very well. Anirban Chakrabarti, who is famous for his Eken Babu series and isn’t a newbie to Feluda, is also good. I know the role of Jatayu can never really be done by anyone as well as Santosh Dutta, but Chakrabarti has his merits and is generally a sweet watch, albeit a bit over the top sometimes.

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That, I feel, might be a writing problem though. In Ray’s films, Jatayu was the funnier side of the story but his jokes had a layer of smartness to them. He might be naïve, but he’s not stupid and neither is he a joker. I mean, he’s a celebrated crime writer, the man must have some merits to him. Unfortunately, later on, his character, more often than not, is created in such a way that it feels forced.

That’s sometimes the case in Feludar Goyendagiri as well. The nuanced banter and conversations that make Jatayu and Feluda an extremely watchable and memorable duo get lost somewhere because of these moments, but I do want to give Chakrabarti kudos for bringing such a memorable and honestly, well-loved character to life. I am sure it isn’t an easy feat to achieve.

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Srijit Mukherji is a capable filmmaker and has made some very memorable movies that have aged like fine wine. This particular thriller takes its sweet time to get to the crime part. For the first few episodes, this almost feels like a drama about going on vacation to Darjeeling.

Darjeeling is a city that has many charms for the average Bengali. Maybe it’s the Kanchenjunga or the beautiful Mall Road – Darjeeling is an emotion and that’s apparent in Mukherji’s Feldua series. It takes its time to show us the alleys and roads of the queen of the hills, which is great for the nostalgic among us. Plus, if you want to catch a glimpse of Glenary’s or Keventers, then you’re in for a fun time.

Regardless of its nostalgia, however, Feludar Goyendagiri takes too much time to get to the point. We sit there for more than half of its total runtime watching inane, nostalgic things happening on screen. Which, I mean, is fine but I’d rather have a shorter runtime than watching a very sepia-tone Kanchenjunga and Lalmohan Babu attempting to smoke a cigar.

The series takes its sweet time going to the murder and letting Feluda inspect it. At 6 episodes, the investigation starts rather late and the end is rather lukewarm. It’s just the way the series decides to handle the mystery that ultimately results in its end and even when Feluda makes a melodramatic spectacle to solve two mysteries, you don’t feel the thrill that you might have felt in other Feluda movies.

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When we reach the penultimate episode, Feludar Goyendagiri continues to fill its runtime with unnecessary scenes that act as nothing but fluff to pad the show. For example, I don’t understand the point of showing every suspect stabbing Mr Majumder. After the first or second instance, it just becomes hilarious and annoying in equal measure.

Feludar Goyendagiri has several such moments that don’t add anything to the story or the character arcs in any way. It thus becomes very sluggish to watch after a while and loses any and all thrill that you might have felt at first. But, to be honest, it never really creates the thrill in the first place, thanks to more or less giving us someone to look out for from the very beginning.

Summing Up: Feludar Goyendagiri

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Feludar Goyendagiri is a rather dull watch. The story hardly has any thrill and it is not able to hold on to your interests because it never really creates any moment of mystery. The tone is always quite light-hearted and never really gets out of the Darjeeling nostalgia that it tries so hard to hook its audiences with. In the end, it’s better to rewatch Shonar Kella – even after the 100th watch, it’s still as thrilling as the first time.

Feludar Goyendagiri is streaming on Hoichoi.

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Feludar Goyendagiri is a rather disappointing watch and would've done well as a movie.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Agree. The sepia tone was disappointing, story built up very slow, Tota seems to be hiding an expanding forehead with a hairstyle not suited for Feluda. With the athletic body he has, his dressing should have been smarter. I liked the theme song though! Kudos to Srijato and Joy Sarkar to create another good theme after the original one must not have been released by Addatimes!

  2. I like the intro song. It has created the old famous thrill of feluda. But real thrill was not there. The manifestation of suspense should go very deep. But acting wise jatayu and feluda was good. But topse was not we used to know.

    • Yes the intro was really catchy. However, there’s only so much the intro and Darjeeling can do if the storyline can’t hold on to the mystery element!

  3. Not the thrill as expected. The slowness and forced jokes and banter fill one with yawns. Besides, the sepia tone in the entire movie was quite disappointing. Tota tries to do well but his words pouring out in a bitten way fails to impress one. Out of 5 stars it gets minus 1…!

  4. I disagree with the reviewer totally. It is an engrossing watch. A very well crafted series. The camera work is brilliant, acting understated and apt , the high point is the script and editing that holds the story together.

  5. Very dull, first 2 episodes add nothing ,looks like ” bharami ” in Bengali , jatayu is many times over the top, the thrill is just mot there, background score is not appealing, the feeling of going to a vacation dsnt come ,despite giving so much time.. overall other than the title song and parts of episode 3,4,5 overall it’s a dull affair

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