Nayan Rahasya (2024) Movie Review: Sandip Ray’s mystery thriller lacks conviction

Director Sandip Ray’s detective thriller "Nayan Rahasya," starring Indraneil Sengupta, Ayush Das, and Abhijit Guha, was released in theatres on May 10, 2024. Based on Satyajit Ray’s novel "Nayan Rahasya," the film reunites the trio of Indraneil Sengupta, Ayush Das, and Abhijit Guha after Sandip Ray’s "Hatyapuri."

The narrative begins with Sunil Tarafdar (Debnath Chatterjee), a magician who discovers a little boy named Jyotishka, or Nayan (Abhinav Barua), who has an incredible talent for numbers. Nayan can accurately answer any question where the answer is a number. Facing a financial crisis, Nayan’s father accepts Rs 5000 from Sunil in exchange for allowing Nayan to be featured in his magic show. As Nayan's abilities become widely known, he attracts enemies who wish to exploit his power.

Feluda (Indraneil Sengupta), Topshe (Ayush Das), and Jatayu (Abhijit Guha) promise Sunil to look after Jyotishka/Nayan's security. Meanwhile, Ritesh Hingorani (Mohan Agashe) approaches Feluda seeking protection from his business partner. The story follows whether Feluda can protect both Nayan and Hingorani.

When we go to the theatres to watch our favorite sleuths, we generally have high expectations from both the director and the actors. Unfortunately, Nayan Rahasya falls short in the director’s vision of how to present an actor portraying Bengal's best sleuth, Feluda. While Indraneil Sengupta is undoubtedly a good actor and delivers a decent performance, he fails to convincingly portray Feluda. 

The characteristics of Feluda that we have read about, heard, and watched over the years are missing from this character. Although the director attempted to modernize Feluda, this should not mean that the sleuth loses his analytical skills and leaves a targeted child under someone like Jatayu's care. Feluda’s admiration for Sherlock Holmes, his analytical and observational skills, his selectiveness in taking cases, and his humor with Topshe are all absent in Nayan Rahasya.

The same applies to Ayush Das as Topshe and Abhijit Guha as Jatayu. Neither looked convincing in their roles, and the bond between Feluda, Jatayu, and Topshe is forgettable. Feluda, who is typically selective about taking cases, now seems to accept them out of financial desperation, agreeing to cases based on fees and expenses mentioned by the client.

Abhinav Barua is satisfactory as Jyotishka. Debnath Chatterjee, Mohan Agashe, and Bharat Kaul deliver decent performances. However, talented actors like Supriyo Dutta, Rajesh Sharma, and Biswajit Chakraborty are largely underutilized.

Nayan Rahasya (2024) Bengali Movie Cast:

Indraneil Sengupta, Ayush Das, Abhijit Guha, Mohan Agashe, Supriyo Dutta, Debnath Chatterjee, Abhinav Barua, Shubhrajit Dutta, Bharat Kaul, Rajesh Sharma, Biswajit Chakraborty


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