The Bengali ‘Sherlock Holmes’,Byomkesh Bakshi is back with his 'Dr.Watson' Ajit once again. Yes, the 2nd film in the Byomkesh Bakshi series ‘Abar Byomkesh’ by Anjan Dutt which has just released with much promise is back with Byomkesh solving a case in North Bengal.
Anjan Dutta has said that years have passed and so the locations have undergone changes and so the political situation is such that films can’t be shot at the actual locations. The original location was most probably somewhere in Gaya according to the story. The story is a little different because Byomkesh actually goes out of town to recuperate after an illness and he ends up solving a case instead .
This time Anjan returns to North Bengal , his favourite place, for ‘Abar Byomkesh’ where Byomkesh arrives there with Satyabati and Ajit to rest as he is on his way to recovery from an illness. He comes across a Bengali there who introduces him to the local Bengali community there and is invited to a party at a local planter’s residence. There he meets Rajani, the planter’s daughter(a young widow) and a few other people. A photograph is stolen from the host’s house which features all the members of the community which had been taken at a picnic. Incidentally copies of the same photograph which all the others possess start disappearing and even the negatives go missing from the photographer’s studio.
Byomkesh smells a rat when an alchoholic painter, Phalguni whose strength was to draw faces of people from his memory is murdered. Instead of taking rest, Byomkesh has his hands full as he seeks to find out the mystery behind the missing photographs and also catch the murderer of Phalguni.
The film does involve a murder, but initially it is about the missing photographs which is why the film is a little different. The film which has been shot extensively in North Bengal captures the forests and the lush locales of North Bengal exquisitely . The actors/actresses who have been chosen for the roles,be it Pijush Ganguly as the professor,Sudipa Basu as his wife,Kaushik Sen as Amaresh Saha ,Debranjan Nag as Phalguni Pal,Swastika as Ranjini, all of them have done a fine job. Sudipa Basu as the professor’s ever nagging and suspicious wife deserves a special mention as does Kaushik Sen. Both of them are excellent. Abir , Ushashi and Saswata replay their roles in an excellent manner. There are some people who will prefer the first film in the series to the latter, but that is purely a matter of choice. Another thing about the film is it’s music. It has only a single song, a Rabindrasangeet sung by Sraboni Sen,but the background score by Neil Dutt is brilliant. It is perfect for detective films like these and seems as if it has been composed for an English film. In fact the director has already said that this background score will stay in the rest of the films in the Byomkesh series as well in the future.
The story ‘Chitrachor’ on which the film is based is in fact a short story , but Anjan Dutt has been able to make a strong film out of a short story with his abilities. Incidentally the first film in the series ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ has also been released on the same day by it’s producer Kaustav Roy as the current film has been produced by Rana Sarkar but rather than a battle between two producers , it will do good for both films because there will be quite a few people who have not heard or read about Byomkesh Bakshi who will see either of the two films or both the films out of sure curiousity.