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Chander Pahar (2014)

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Chander Pahar is the journey to the fabled, 'Mountain Of The Moon', in search of gold and diamond mines, up against threats as vivid and varied as lurking snakes, pouncing lions, poisonous flora, the fury of an active volcano and a seemingly, almost supernatural mythical horror 'The Bunyip' the guardian angel of the diamond cave. However, it is also the story of grit and determination, a story of following one's dream against all odds and emerging victorious, a story about a young lad called Shankar who, faced with the prospect of having to make a living as a factory worker in his impoverished village, bids farewell to his family in Keutia, rural Bengal, and through his aide Prasad Das Banopadhay, who happens to work for the Uganda railway head office, sets sail to the Dark Continent to work as the station master in Nakuru station, a dream come true for Shankar who has always envisioned himself as a expeditionary and holds interest in world geography and map reading. It is at this Nakuru station, where Shankar is faced with the consequences of Africa, ranging from bloodthirsty lions & aggressive Black Mambas. Shankar's true test begins when he rescues the Portuguese explorer Diego Alvarez and he tells the story of the ultimate adventure; a journey to the fabled 'Mountain of the Moon'. (C) IABA

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Cast

Dev
as Shankar
Gerard Rudolf
as Diego Alvarez
Martin Cito Otto
as Jim Carter
Nabeel Khan
as Tirumal Appa
Paul Ditchfield
as Jacobus Marius
David James
as Albuquerque
Peter Moruakgomo
as Zulu Chief
Matthew Monika
as Zulu King
Keith Gendadoo
as Prasad Das
Luthuli Dlamini
as Dan Mabiru
Ramambila Muladelo
as Masai Chief
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Critic Reviews for Chander Pahar

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (8)

Director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee's film version of the popular 1937 adventure novel by Bibhutishushan Bandyopadhyay struggles mightily for an epic quality.

December 13, 2015 | Full Review…

There isn't much to recommend the film, which only escapes being truly awful by a complete absence of meanness and a compelling lead performance by Dev.

January 13, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The thrills seem to have evaporated from Kamaleswar Mukherjee's handsome, slow-moving adaptation of a classic Bengali novel.

January 12, 2014 | Full Review…
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Painfully awkward in execution, from the stiff dialogue to the time-padding slo-mo sequences and glaring CGI.

January 10, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The many misspellings in the film's subtitles do liven things up, even if the film's patchwork use of Bengali, Swahili, Portuguese and English make them somewhat inevitable.

January 10, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…

One reason "Chander Pahar" seems so plodding is that Mr. Mukherjee has a habit of telling us what he doesn't know how to show.

January 9, 2014 | Full Review…

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