Jagga Jasoos: A Lesson in Speech Therapy For Bollywood

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Jagga Jasoos: A Lesson in Speech Therapy For Bollywood

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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grew up in an orthodox Bengali household that held two things sacrosanct: any meal was incomplete without roshogollas, and every member of the extended family was to spend the four days of Durga Pujo at our century-old ancestral house in the Bengal countryside. It was the only time of the year that my sister and I got to hang with my cousins, passing the days in a blur of giggling fits and role-playing Feluda.

In this elaborate affair, two people would be entrusted with creating a case and laying clues, while the role of the swashbuckling Feluda would be rotated among all the cousins – all cousins except Babai, that is. The youngest of us all was never permitted to live out his fantasy of playing Feluda. Babai was a shy, curious, ever-smiling boy. For us, though, his identity hinged on his biggest embarrassment, his crippling stutter. He stopped asking to play Feluda after my eldest cousin bullied him into believing that “totla chhelera goyenda hote pare naa” (stuttering boys can’t make detectives).

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