Bengali detective films are no more the realm of the Rays.Here comes a Dutt,who sneaks into their well proctected arena,of course demanding an individual space and identity.with Bomkesh Bokshi,Dutt embarks on a new voyage,creating at least ripples if not dashing in the minds of bengali filmgoers.Based on Sharadindu's novel Adim ripu,the film is set against the communal riot of the 62s that almost crippled Calcutta and its citizens.Murders,ransacks,hurling of bombs,vandalisms were the order of the day.The whole city was burning with fire ,fear and mistrust.The whole backdrop,though not intricately linked with the plot,plays an important role in the story and Dutt devoting all his attention to the main plot has overlooked it.This tends to be one of the major drawbacks of the film.But Dutt amply compensates us his method of story telling,making it tight and gripping till the end.
The casting is brilliant.Abir's Bomkesh is just Sharadindu's fairly handsome,sturdily built simple bengali man dressed in impeccable white.He has intelligence written all over his face and the energetic furrowings of his brow look grand.Though he appeared somewhat flat and expressionless in Cross Connection,he has done a good job here.Saswata carries off Ajit's role effortlessly.Swastika's Sheuli is a fine blend of seduction and determination and Chandan Sen's Bantul is cunning.Rudranil is okay.Only Kalyan Chatterjee is a miscast and far from spontaneous in scenes of booze.
Neel Dutt's 'Mayabi raat' may create the true essence of the 60s but his background score is tad flat.The background is an essdntial component of a good film specially thrillers,where it can be effectively used to build up the suspense.But Dutt's film is for most part silent.
The cinematography is for most part bland.Specially no major innovations is shown in shooting the riot scenes.The art direction is also unimpressive as Bomkesh's rented apartment appears to be too furnished and well maintained.
Dutt's Bomkesh is essentially a good venture but the movie does not make a good piece of cinema altogether.Hope that we are going to have a better Dutt in the sequel.