Drawing heavily from Satyajit Ray’s Feluda stories and the adventures of Indiana Jones, Dhrubo Banerjee’s new treasure hunt adventure flick has all the ingredients required to become a crowd pleaser, which it is. Banerjee knows his audience’s psyche like the back of his hand, and he plays on their likes and dislikes, taking them along on a rollercoaster ride that makes no pretence of being intelligent and is pure unabashed fun instead. Banerjee’s protagonist is a half-Feluda-half-Indiana-Jones like character named Subarna Sen (fondly referred to as Sona Da) who is a professor of History at Oxford University. When he returns to India, Sona Da meets Abir, his nephew. Abir takes Sona Da to their ancestral home in the village of Manikantapur, where Abir’s eccentric but erudite maternal uncle (Goutam Ghose, in a lovely little cameo) has recently passed away under mysterious circumstances. When they reach the village, Sona Da and Abir learn of a rural lore that talks about a 350-year-old …
In the Bengali films culture and section, only Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi were only the famous sleuth characters. With the release of this movie, a Sonada series had been started. The whole Sonada series is compared with the ‘Indiana Jones’s and Fraenje of ‘National Traeasure’.
Subarna Sen (Sonada) (Abir Chatterjee) is a history professor at Oxford University. After teaching abroad for several years, when he returns to India, Sonada meets his nephew Abir (Arjun Chakraborty) and Jhinuk (Isha Saha), Abir’s best friend. Abir took Sonada to their ancestral home in the village of Manikantapur, where Abir’s eccentric but erudite maternal uncle Nisinghprasad Roy (Goutam Ghose) had died recently under some mysterious circumstances. Visiting that place, they came to know about the 350-year-old Mughal treasure of emperor Shah Jahan, hidden somewhere in that palace. Before his uncle’s death he had left a clue in his diary to help Abir locate the treasure(however,Subarna Sen or Sonada is the main person to solve the riddles and locate the treasure taking the help of Abir and Jhinuk). Meanwhile, they discovered that Dashanan Da (Rajatabha Dutta) also knew about the treasure and was trying to steal it.