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Mountains Of The Moon (2013)

Chander Pahar (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 20 December 2013 (India)
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Faced with the prospect of a dim future in his impoverished village, young Shankar bids farewell to his family in rural Bengal and makes a journey to the fabled "Mountain Of The Moon" in search of gold and diamond mines.


Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (original novel), Kamaleswar Mukherjee (screenplay)



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Credited cast:
Dev ... Shankar
Gérard Rudolf ... Diego Alvarez
Martin Cito Otto Martin Cito Otto ... Jim Carter
Nabeel Khan Nabeel Khan ... Tirumal Appa
Paul Ditchfield Paul Ditchfield ... Jacobus Marius
David James David James ... Albuquerque
Peter Moruakgomo Peter Moruakgomo ... Zulu Chief
Matthew Monika Matthew Monika ... Zulu King
Rafiq Jibhay Rafiq Jibhay ... Patel
Keith Gendagoo Keith Gendagoo ... Prasad Das
Luthuli Dlamini Luthuli Dlamini ... Dan Mabiru
Ramambila Muladelo Ramambila Muladelo ... Masai Cheif
Andrew Stock Andrew Stock ... Attilio Gatti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamal Ray Chowdhury Tamal Ray Chowdhury ... Shankar's Father (as Tamal Roychowdhury)
Laboni Sarkar ... Shankar's Mother


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 aid 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, it's a dream come true for Shankar who has always envisioned himself as a Expeditionary and holds good knowledge in world geography and map reading. Written by Aloke Majumder

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In 1909, one Indian dared to explore Africa in search of the...


Action | Adventure


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English | Bengali

Release Date:

20 December 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountains Of The Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »


Box Office


INR150,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mombasa is a major trade centre and home to Kenya's only large seaport, the Kilindini Harbour. Kilindini is an old Swahili term meaning "deep". The port is so-called because the channel is naturally very deep. Kilindini Harbor is an example of a natural geographic phenomenon called a "ria", formed millions of years ago when the sea level rose and engulfed a river that was flowing from the mainland. See more »


Shankar: The "Mountain of the Moon" is calling out to us.
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Chander Pahar Theme
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A Bengali movie - up on cloud nine!
22 December 2013 | by rhitwickSee all my reviews

Waited for this since it was a rumor. Liked the end product.

Theme: Its an adventure movie. 90% of the movie is shot in either wild or desert. Chander Pahar is the story of a young Bengali man's adventures in Africa in the years 1909-1910. Shankar Roy Chowdhury, the protagonist, is a 20-year old man, recently completed his FA(graduation) and about to take up a job in a jute mill, a prospect he absolutely loathes. He yearns for adventure, wild lands, forests and animals. He wants to follow the footsteps of famous explorers like Livingstone, Mungo Park, Marco Polo, all of whom he has read about and idolizes. By a stroke of luck, he secures a job as a clerk in Uganda Railway through a fellow villager already working there and goes to Africa without a second thought.

Character development: The character of Shankar is drawn very well. His transformation from a Bengali village boy to a wanderer is drawn very carefully. Two things made it possible i.e. make-up and Dev's somewhat mature acting.

Direction: The director first gets a nod for daring to make such a movie. Then he again gets a nod to make Dev act. Non-linear narration was used to tell the story. He took artistic liberty to tweak few story points. At times actors took time to react to their environment which should have been taken care of. Man vs. Wild scenes are very well captured and they are a treat to your eyes. The thrill and excitement is very well built and executed. He gets nod for creating few edge-on-the seat action scenes. Still more work should have done Dev's expressions. Why is he smiling in almost all scenes?

Cinematography: This and this only makes all sins made by Dev go away. Beauty of Africa, wild animals, chase scenes are very well executed.Hats off to the DOP Soumik Haldar.

Acting: Dev tries and tries very hard. Till he's accompanied by Alvarez he poses an immature look on his face and casual approach to situations around him. May be its intentional to make his character feel more out-of-place without Alvarez or its his weakness. Still, till Alvarez is alive he at times appears annoying. Gerard Rudolf as Deigo Alavarez did a very commendable job. Very good acting by this gentleman. Kudos to him.

Songs and background score: Only one song and I did not like it. Background score was apt to the mood of the scenes and never overwhelms the scene.

Editing: The dialog parts are too slow for the high paced movie like this. Editing could have been more good. Few unnecessary scenes are kept which can be removed. Specially the scene where Shankar Alvarez gets to meet three Masai tribe members in wild. This is an important part of the book but when pictured this scene does not add any value to the move. One or two more scenes like this could have been edited.

Entertainment value: Apart from the occasional slowness this a very good adventure movie. Full of African wild animals and edge-on-seat thrill. I would recommend this.

Verdict: Tollywood never did an adventure movie. Did not do in India and leave alone Africa. But the director and more-over the producers took the risk to do the impossible. The risks were great. What if it tanks, what if it does not live up to the expectation of people. Making movie from a classic is always a risky business. Still they braved this and we get a very good Christmas present in the form of a movie. Should you watch it? Why not? Most of us had read the book and imagined the locations in our mind. This is a dream-come-true for all of us. The director does not cheat us here. If not 100% but I would say 80% of your thirst would be quenched. Yes Dev hams at the beginning of the movie but later he throws a good acting example. Ask me, I liked what I had seen. A warning, don't expect much as VFX from a movie whose total budget was 15 crore.

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