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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!  (2015 - Hindi)

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    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! rating: 7 out of 10(Somak Basu wrote on 06 Apr 2015)

    First things first. If you are some cynic who is more interested in criticizing the “failed” adaptation of Sir Saradindu Bandopadhyay classic crime mystery thriller novels rather than Bollywood’s keen interest to shade some light on that, then I would recommend to keep yourself away from the movie if it hurts your sentiments that much. Or, if possible, try to watch the movie as a thriller with some sleuth keeping aside the “Bakshi(y)” factor. There’s a difference between “Based on the novel by” and “Based on characters created by”, and here’s where Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is entirely discordant than the Saradindu classic, rather than only being dissimilar in the surname spelling.

    Director Dibakar Banerjee used the Saradindu Bandopadhyay classic “Satyanweshi” just to introduce the characters and from there, everything is plotted fresh and perky. BYOMKESH BAKSHI used to clear the air by disapproving himself as some sleuth or detective rather than he believed himself to be “Truth-Seeker” whose sole duty is to focus on one’s surrounding and concentrate on every single detail that too very closely as his chances to find the truth was easier that way. But that according to him, is nothing to fancy yourself as some sleuth. Which idea is skillfully preserved in the movie by when you find your nemesis to be as sedulous and cunning as you. What do you do then?

    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is one hell of a ride of mystery, mayhem and arcane events where you expect something to end, but its other dimension just initiates. Dibakar Banerjee has authored one hell of an interesting story based on the original classic but somehow leave some doubtful gestures while plotting. But that is okay as long as it is successful to thrill the viewer.

    The film is set in the Second World War torn Calcutta during the 1940s and follows the first adventure of Byomkesh Bakshy, fresh out of college, as he pits himself against an evil genius who is out to destroy Calcutta. Using his wits against the most villainous arch criminal the world has seen, in a world of murder, international political intrigue and betrayal.

    Honestly, what we, Saradindu novel readers, have an idea about Byomkesh Bakshi’s attitude, will really be amazed if we saw Sushant Singh Rajput carrying out a completely different Byomkesh Bakshy who is amateurish, nervous, low self esteemed but exceptionally cunning, daring and smart at times required. It was hard to believe if Sushant had any problem carrying out the role as he was goddamn natural and expressive (brownie points for the uni-brow look adaptation) throughout. I admit, it will be hard to imagine a detective so wet-behind-the-ears but what matters is to be sly and quick at times, which is perfectly displayed in the character. Arguably this one’s Rajput’s best performance alongside the fact, he got most importance for this first time. Anand Tiwari as Ajit Banerji was efficient, so was Divya Menon, as a Satyavati keeping aside the fact, this was her debut movie. Others like Aryyan, Meiyang Chang, Arindol Bagchi, Anindya Banerji were quite natural. Standing ovation for Pradipto Kumar Chakraborty as Puntiram, the clinic keeper, who was a reason behind some humorous moments, even though the script had plenty. Another key character, Anguri Devi portrayed by Swastika Mukherjee was the base of slight sensuality that might have been kept for the sake of any pretentious thriller film element. Swastika was looking extremely gorgeous and for the slightly important role (Which opens up towards the end of the movie), she acted quite nicely. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Another surprising portrayal of Dr. Anukul Guha, done by Neeraj Kabi (‘Ship of Theseus’ guy, for ones who don’t know his brilliant acting ability) is tremendous and unremarkable which will be hard at first to judge, but as the mystery unveils, his characters gets even more interesting. This might be enough to describe his brilliant performance along with keeping the suspense of the movie intact.

    Dibakar Banerjee is a genius filmmaker already. He can treat any genre with extraordinary disposition and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is nothing less than that. The story is absolutely amazing and outstandingly woven by him. Scripting by him and Urmi Javekar, his regular, is also quite fascinating but the plotting could have been more crisp and doesn’t seem totally up-to the mark according to the genius story it deals with. But, it seems, for a nice suspense build-up, certain things had to be done, and there it succeeds. The movie turns out to be excellently suspenseful. Manas Mittal and Namrata Rao’s editing seemed very formulaic as the length could have been easily suppressed and even the treatment of the movie is with suspenseful elements, nothing crafty has been experimented with the movie. Just some in-and-out flashback shots and nothing that much impressive.

    Nikos Andritsakis’s cinematography stands out to be another exhilarating ingredient of the movie. Crisp shots of 1943 Calcutta and very situation-worthy shots such as shadow movements, camera panning in multiple directions such as up-down-in-out according to the situation, weird directional shots such as the maximum of the title credits scene was shot focusing on Byomkesh in a tram and the newspaper of the man siting next to him, and the one I liked most was Bakshy and Dr. Anukul Guha discovering a dead body in an inactive boiling chamber in a factory, and the camera was just kept at that disgusting and gory angle and from there the two guards escaping and weak-hearted Bakshy vomiting can be seen as much as possible. Brilliant scene portraying with witty camera work. And there are many more to enjoy from the rest of the movie. Sneha Khanwalkar’s background music, other than these tracks, were also very edgy and balancing according to the mood these songs were providing.

    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is an edgy thriller which even after revealing its ominous motive towards one half keeps unfolding more and more conundrums just to keep the anxiety holding till it finally sustains, that is something rarely seen in thrillers. In association with Saradindu Bandopadhyay created characters, Dibakar Banerjee manages to weave a breathtaking tale involving mind games between two equal or slightly unequal geniuses which lead to horrifying aftermath. Who is smarter? I bet you can’t evaluate that. Grim, Gory and Shrewd, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy? is the most enjoyable ride that keeps you glued to your seats until it decides to finish itself. Must Watch for thriller lovers.

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