‘Magna Mainak’ is the first of many films featuring Byomkesh Bakshi, the great Bengali fictional detective which one will get to see in the coming months/years. These films will be made by several directors and will feature different people as Byomkesh Bakshi.After the one and only Uttam Kumar played Byomkesh in Chiriakhana more than 40 years back, this time it is Subhrajit Dutta, a known TV actor who is playing Byomkesh.The director and the producer of this film have decided to make a trilogy of Byomkesh Bakshi films, this film being just the first of the lot. Firstly the tale-
Nengti, a young boy visits Byomkesh Bakshi, the famous detective from time to time. One day he comes and tells Byomkesh that a young girl by the name of Henna has been found dead in their house (Nengti and his sister stay in a house as adopted children of Santosh Sammaddar, a politician).Hearing this Byomkesh goes to investigate the matter. He discovers that Henna had either committed suicide or been murdered and she had fallen from the roof of the house.Byomkesh starts interrogating everyone and realizes that just about anyone might be the murderer. The day after his visit, someone sets Henna’s room on fire in order to destroy some evidence).Byomkesh comes to know that both Santoshbabu’s sons were love with Henna and Santoshbabu’s character was not good. Also a particular person used to come to pick up Henna (he used to call her by playing a mouth organ) and they used to go off somewhere. After investigating a little more, he comes to know that Santosh was a spy and was known to Henna’s mother to whom he had written many letters and she was blackmailing Santoshbabu.Also the person who used to come and pick up Henna was Omar Khayyam, also an old associate of Santoshbabu who had perished in a train accident.Santoshbabu had to come this fact and known that he could wipe away his past if he could get rid of Henna. Hence he had set fire to Henna’s room and also he was the one who pushed her off the roof of the house.
One knows that when a person decides to make a Byomkesh Bakshi film, he is taking a great risk because just like other things if the chosen person does not fit the bill, it is going to boomerang on the film’s makers. Not many people in Tollywood can play Byomkesh and taking this into consideration, Subhrajit has done a good job. He is more than okay, but what will go against him is his lack of star value and that one is afraid is very important at the box office.Rajarshi Mukherjee as Ajit and Piyali Munshi as Satyavati too lack star value, but then they did what was expected out of them. Since this is a low budget production, it can’t be compared with a high budget production. The few songs are surprisingly pleasant to the ears. The same director had previously brought Byomkesh Bakshi to the small screen twice in the form of serials where Sudip Mukherjee had played the part of Byomkesh and on the other occasion it had been a lesser known actor.Rupanjana as Henna is wasted and she has barely a dialogue in the film.