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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!  (2015 - Hindi)

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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! cumulative rating: 3.45 out of 53.45/5 (10 users)

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  • Baksh-(d)y : The Case of Mystaken Ynspyratyon!

    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! rating: 5 out of 10(Girbban Paul wrote on 05 Apr 2015)

    Well, he did warn us…he gave us the clues… Unfortunately, the “Satyanweshi” in us did not pay heed or take note.

    5 minutes into the movie as the protagonist takes a tram ride across Calcutta in the 40s (a brilliantly shot sequence) and the credits roll, I received the unexpected jolt when the credits read “Story: Dibakar Banerjee & Urmi Juvekar”. Soon flashed on the screen “Based on characters created by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay”… Well that’s the story of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.

    Clue No. 1!
    Well the Byomkesh, the character created by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay, never called himself a Detective but a “Satyanweshi”, the seeker of truth. Well, Dibakar warned us… it’s our problem if we did not take note of the same… the difference between the Satyanweshi Byomkesh we read of and Detective Bakshy of Dibakar’s is as good as chalk and cheese.

    Clue No. 2!
    Bakshi becomes Bakshy… not sure why the change was required… was it for numerological gains? Or was it because YRF is producing this one? Kidding… it was only because Dibakar wanted to give Byomkesh a different identity… it was only to let the world know Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is not the same as Satyanweshi Byomkesh Bakshi.

    Clue No. 3!
    Expect the unexpected… well it couldn’t have been clearer. This is not the Byomkesh that lovers and fans of Byomkesh would have expected.

    Let me make it clear at the very onset… this movie has nothing to do with Saradindu Bandyopadhyay or Byomkesh Bakshi. So, Bongs… those of you who have read and re-read the escapades of Byomkesh, this is not what you have read… get this clear in your heads to avoid the disappointment.

    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy has its moments and is enjoyable in case you can forget Saradindu Bandyopadhyay for the 2 and half hours.

    The movie starts during the 2nd world war with the Japanese trying to get a toehold over the British colonies against the backdrop of the Indian Freedom Movement and two drug lords engaged in a bitter fight to get control over Calcutta.

    A chemist goes missing over 2 months and his son (Anand Tiwary as Ajit Bandopadhyay) asks Detective Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput) to look for his dad… Bakshy feels the dad’s dead and so begins the search… there’s a local politician, Gajanan Sikdar, (Dr Kaushik Ghosh) who had a chemical factory where Ajit’s father used to work. Gajanan is opposed by his nephew politically and threatened as well. Then, there is Dr Anukul Guha, (played by Neeraj Kabi) the doctor who also runs a mess, where Ajit’s father was put up. Put in an actor (Swastika Mukherjee) who travels from Myanmar to Calcutta and seduces the male anchors at the beck and call of the antagonist and a sister (Divya Menon as Satyavati) who wants to protect her brother from being a suspect at the murder of his uncle. With 2 gangs trying to gain control over Calcutta, bloodsheds all over and you have something more than a murder mystery.

    The cinematography by Nikos Andritsakis is brilliant… the light and shades lit up and impact your thoughts in every frame.

    Amongst the actors, Neeraj Kabi and Anand Tiwary stand out. Neeraj is superb and takes you along on his journey… at times you can’t help but get amazed at his body language and the performance. Anand Tiwary is restrained and effective in his portrayal of Ajit.
    Even the other supporting casts have done a very good job. Sushant Singh Rajput does a decent job in the title role of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.

    Finally, Dibakar Banerjee packs in enough thrills, an exciting climax over the 2 and half hours with invariably keeping the option for sequels.

    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is definitely a one-time watch and may be looked at a second time for posterity and after thoughts.

    Dibakar could have named his detective Haripada Palodhi or Nirapada Chowdhury and the film would still have been as exciting. However, in all probability Byomkesh will give Dibakar the biggest opening of his life till date and that seems to be the only reason why Dibakar and YRF chose an already established brand and gave it a new identity.

    Unfortunately, for we bongs, who have read Byomkesh Bakshi a hundred times this is a case of mistaken identities.

    Satyanweshi Byomkesh Bakshi is about chills more than thrills… it’s more about the mind and mind games. It’s old school… it’s from an era where newspapers used to be the source of entertainment. Today, I went back to read couple of stories… I watched couple of episodes from the series on Doordarshan, directed by Basu Chatterjee. As someone who have loved Byomkesh the way he was written and seen, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a let-down. However, I must also acknowledge and give it to Dibakar Banerjee for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy stands on its own with the content and is exciting to watch even in this 21st century. And that’s the only reason, I would like to say, “Dibakar… aap ko Baksh-(d)y!”

    PS: Couldn’t help myself from sharing an episode of the old world of Satyanweshi Byomkesh Bakshi.

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