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Catch feluda in action!

Gaurav Chakrabarty, Subir Roy Chowdhury and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty as Topshe, Lalmohanbabu and Feluda in Apasara Theatre-er Mamla, to be staged today at 6.30pm, GD Birla Sabhagar

As Feluda goes missing from the big screen this winter, here’s your chance to catch him live! Sabyasachi Chakrabarty plays the super sleuth — with elder son Gaurav as Topshe — in Charbak’s stage adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s Feluda story Apsara Theatre-er Mamla at GD Birla Sabhagar, 6.30pm, on Thursday.

The show has been organised by the All Bengal Women’s Union and is partnered by The Telegraph.

Directed by Sabyasachi himself, the one-hour-50-minute play revolves around a theatre group, Apsara, that is gearing up to stage a play called Chhannochhara. The group has several junior artistes, including actresses, and all of a sudden a senior actor is found murdered while one of the junior artistes disappears. Two actresses are the prime suspects. That’s when Feluda steps in.

“It is easy to adapt this story for the stage because Feluda solves the mystery sitting at home, nursing an injury. The play is in the whodunnit format. In the original story, Feluda pulls a muscle while bathing in the sea at Digha, so he depends on Topshe and Jatayu to do the legwork. But we’ve taken some liberty here — in our play, Feluda visits Apsara Theatre once. I have taken Babuda’s (Sandip Ray) permission and he assured us that this is the only Feluda story that he doesn’t intend to do either for television or for the big screen,” said Sabyasachi.

The other key players in Apsara Theatre-er Mamla are Kheyali Dastidar, who plays Apsara’s lead actress Bidisha, Subir Roy Chowdhury as Lalmohanbabu, Sujit Ghosh as the owner of the theatre troupe and Biswajit Roy, the director of Chhannochhara.

Arindam Ganguly has written the stage adaptation and also scored the music. “The original theme music of Feluda is there in the play but Arindam has also added his own tunes,” added Sabyasachi, who has already staged 55 shows of Apsara Theatre-er Mamla in Calcutta.

Kushali Nag

Tickets priced at Rs 40 are available at the venue and Suruchi on Eliot Road