Sonar Kella

  • Soumitra Chattopadhyay: Pradosh Mitter ( called Felu or Feluda )
  • Santosh Dutta: Lal Mohan Ganguly ( called Jotayu )
  • Siddhartha Chattopadhyay: Tapesh Mitter
  • Kusal Chakravarty: Mukul Dhar
  • Sailen Mukherjee: Dr. Hajra Hemanga
  • Ajoy Banerjee: Amiyanath Burman
  • Santanu Bagchi: Mukul 2
  • Harindranath Chattopadhyay: Uncle Sidhu
  • Sunil Sarkar: Mukuls father
  • Siuli Mukherjee: Mukuls mother
  • Rekha Chattopadhyay: Tapesha mother
  • Haradhan Bandopadhyay: Tapeshs father
  • Bimal Chattopadhyay: lawyer
  • Asok Mukherjee: Journalist

Sonar Kella ( Bengali: সোনার কেল্লা, Sonar Kella, translated: The Golden Fortress ) is an Indian family film directed by Satyajit Ray from 1974 The film is based on the eponymous detective story Rays. .


The boy Mukul followed by memories of his former life. At night, he makes drawings of what he claims to have seen. He located permanently in a trance-like state. Therefore His father brings him to treat the parapsychologist Dr Hajra. From the drawings includes Hajra, that the memories of the boy refer to a fortress in Rajasthan, where the boy's father had worked as a diamond cutter. Dr. Hajra hopes to heal the boy on a trip to Rajasthan by confrontation.

A newspaper report on Mukul calls two criminals, Burman and Bose, on the scene, who kidnapped the boy to come into possession of any products mentioned in the articles treasure. The first kidnapping attempt usurp a boy from the neighborhood, also named Mukul. To protect his son commissioned Mukuls father then the detective Feluda, who travels to Rajasthan with his assistant and cousin Tapesh. Meanwhile visited Dr. Hajra with Mukul at the Red Fort in Delhi, which is not the desired "Golden Fortress ' is but. Burman and Bose are the two followed, and together they board the train to Jaipur and known each other. They state that they know Hajra, he had uncovered a fraud of the two in Allahabad years ago. While visiting the fort in Jaipur encounters Bose Dr. Hajra down a slope; Mukul believes Hajra was spirited away and only comes with the two criminals to Jodhpur in a hotel. Henceforth, Burman returns as Dr. Hajra. The real Dr. Hajra is only injured and followed them after he was provisionally given medical treatment.

Feluda meets now in train the children's book author Jotayu who wants to write a book in Rajasthan and to join him. Had settled with Mukul On the first evening as Feluda in the same hotel as the criminals who perpetrated Bose a stop by a poisonous scorpion on him who fails, however. The next morning also Jotayu pulls into the hotel. A trip to Bikaner again fails to deliver the required "Golden Fort ".

Using hypnosis gain Burman and Bose Mukul of the name of this place: Jaisalmer. The next day they set off on the way and draw attention Feludas to another city. However, this comes behind the mystery of the "Golden Fort " - the fort and the houses of the city therein are built of yellow limestone, which make them appear golden in the children's imagination. They travel to Jaisalmer, but their car breaks twice in broken glass on the road stuck and Feluda, Tapesh and Jotayu rely on camels, on which they ride on through the Thar Desert. In a camp Feluda recognizes among the Rajasthanern Bose. Take an overnight train to Jaisalmer, in which it comes to confrontation with Feluda and Bose as well as with the also nachgereisten Dr. Hajra and Bose and these rushes out of the train with fear. Feluda makes itself known on arrival of the train with Dr. Hajra.

Mukul and Burman have now arrived at the fort in Jaisalmer and Mukul recognizes her as his "Golden Fort ". Walking through the city in the interior of the fortress he remembers the inhabitants of certain houses. In the dispute, he runs off the wrong Dr. Hajra, this is provided by Feluda. Mukul finds the house of his family and is freed from his hypnotic state.


Sonar Kella is a detective comedy, and the first film adaptation of Ray's one of his children's books about the detective Feluda; he made a second Feluda story with Joi Baba Felunath (1979). The award-winning color photographs were also used for dramatic effects. It was filmed on location in the Rajasthani cities.

The film was released on 27 December 1974.


  • National Film Awards 1974 Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography (Color)
  • Best Film in Bengali
  • Golden statue for Best Live Feature Film