The story is set in From my getup dhoti-panjabi and jhola to body language to hairstyle — everything had to reflect the era Shankar hailed from. Shankar loves adventure, forests and animals. The director wanted to see that passion in my eyes. But he even compared the project to a "double-edged sword" as he realised the challenges while looking for locations in South Africa for a month.
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Plot summary[ edit ] This novel tells the story of an ordinary young Bengali man, Shankar Roy Chaudhary, as he adventures in Africa in the years and Shankar loves the subject of geography, he wants to follow the footsteps of renowned explorers like Livingstone , Mungo Park , and Marco Polo. He wants to explore the wilderness, passionate for learning about African forests and animals. By a stroke of luck, he gets a job as a clerk at the Uganda Railway and rushes to Africa without a second thought.
After a few months laying rail tracks, he encounters the first of many dangers in pre- World War I Africa: a man-eating lion. Later, he takes up a job as station-master in a desolate station amidst the Veldts , where he narrowly escapes a deadly black mamba.
While recovering, Alvarez describes his exploits in Africa with his friend Jim Carter. He explains that, lured by the prospect of a priceless yellow diamond from a Kaafi village chief, Alvarez and Carter searched for these yellow diamond caves, on the Mountain of the Moon Chander Pahar in the Richtersveld. Rumors suggested a mythical monster, the Bunyip , guards the mine.
They meet hardships, like a racist gambler, legends about Dingonek the monster and later, a raging volcano. Eventually, they get lost in the forests where Alvarez is killed by the Bunyip.
Demoralised, Shankar tries to return to civilization. Almost getting lost, he finds the remains of the Italian explorer, Attilio Gatti, and learns that the cave is in fact the diamond mine. Leaving, he becomes lost in the deserts of Kalahari and nearly dies of thirst.
Fortunately, he is rescued by a survey team and taken to a hospital in Salisbury , Rhodesia , from where he sets sail for home.
Before going back, he writes his account in a newspaper, earning him money. He names the volcano after Alvarez. He ends the book saying that he will return to the cave one day with a large team, and continue the legacy of Alvarez, Carter, and Gatti. Characters[ edit ] Shankar Roy Chowdhury — The hero of the story, a young man from a village in Bengal. He is a smart, brave person who has a penchant for adventures. Diego Alvarez — A Portuguese explorer.
He is a friend and mentor to Shankar, and together they explore the deepest reaches of Richtersveld for the Mountain of the Moon. Alvarez revealed to Shankar that Carter was killed by the Bunyip while he and Carter were exploring the Mountains of the Moon.
Attilio Gatti — An Italian explorer. He discovered the diamond mine caves in c. In other media[ edit ] Films[ edit ] A film based on the novel, named Chander Pahar directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee was released on 20 December 27 December in all over India.
The film has reportedly incorporated CGI and visual effects at par with Hollywood and Bollywood standards. Dev plays the role of the main protagonist, Shankar. Shooting locations include Kruger National Park , the mountains of Drakensberg , and the deserts of Kalahari. The film is based on the characters of Chander Pahar created by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
Chander Pahar By Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay