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Featured Image: Director Sandip Ray (left) with actors Subhashis Mukherjee (centre) and Dhritiman Chatterjee at the announcement of first Professor Shonku movie on Wednesday.  

Kolkata: PROFESSOR Shonku, the popular Bengali science fiction character created by Satyajit Ray, is soon going to jump off the pages right onto the silver screen!

Shree Venkatesh Films (SVF) today announced that they are going to make the first ever movie on Professor Shonku and it will be directed by none other than Ray’s son and eminent director Sandip Ray.

Veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee will play the lead role of Professor Shonku, an eccentric inventor who lived in Giridih with his help Prahllad and cat Newton. Subhashis Mukherjee will play Nakur Babu. The film has been named Professor Shonkhu o El Dorado.

The story that SVF has picked for the first Professor Shonku film is Nakur Babu O El Dorado ~ one of the most popular from the Shonku series penned by the late Oscar-winning director.

A precocious child, Trilokeshwar Shonku ~ the books on Professor Shonku have it ~ passed matriculation when he was barely 12, and BSc with honours in physics and chemistry at the age of merely 16.

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Actor Dhritiman Chatterjee, who plays Professor Shonku, poses for news camera.

A polyglot with knowledge of 69 languages, he became a professor at Kolkata’s Scottish Church College at the age of 20 and thus acquired the name Professor Shonku who has thrilled Bengali readers with his experiments and adventures for years now.

SVF promoter Shrikant Mohta said that shooting for the film will commence in January and they plan to release the movie by December next year.

“We are elated to make a film on Professor Shonku, who, over the years, has delighted and captivated fans of all ages, especially children, and teenagers, through a series of science stories that have defied beliefs,” Mohta said while making the announcement in presence of director Ray and actor Chatterjee.

Ray said: “I have always wanted to make a film on Professor Shonku. Such a character is unparalleled in our science fictions. Books, with the written word, are like the theatre of the mind, and every reader conjures his /her own picture of their favourite character. In that sense, it will be an interesting challenge to take the fictional character of Professor Shonku, the highly talented inventor with quirky manners and who was way ahead of his time, and to bring him convincingly to life on celluloid.”