Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Swastika Mukerjee, Divya Menon and many more
Editing : Manas Mittal
Music : Sneha Khanwalkar
Cinematography: Nikos Andritsakis
Story: Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay
Directed by: Dibakar Banerjee
This film is loosely adapted from a Bengali crime fiction writer’s series of stories based on the Detective Byomkesh and the happenings which takes place in 1940’s period. Dibakar’s earlier movies were ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla‘, ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye‘, ‘Shanghai‘ and the critically aclaimed ‘Love Sex aur Dhoka‘. He joins the thriller detective genre by taking help from Sushant in the acting side. How and what this Detective does in the movie? Lets see…
Set in 1940’s of Kolkata (err Calcutta), Byomkesh (Sushant) is vulnerable jilted lover who has just finished his college meets Ajit (Anand Tiwari) asking help from Byomkesh to find his missing father. The findings lead Byomkesh to a boarding house owned and run by Dr Anukul Guha (Neeraj Kabi) where Ajit’s father was staying before he went missing. Byomkesh starts living in the boarding house to solve the case and his interactions with Ajit’s father housemates takes a deeply, snaky twists and turns that turns wicked, violent, dirty, bloody, criminal and political unfolding in a slowly but tempting and delicious cooked up mystery ending with a tangy lip smacking end.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, ending with a Y and an exclamation mark, is a pure Dibakar Banerjee creation. The re-creation of Calcutta is done with loving, lush camerawork which gives us both light and seductive shadows. The trams with those adverts, the old buildings, the streets full of carts are all spot-on. Initially it takes time for us to get settle with the story but once the things are starting to throw on bang we have a smart and crafty thriller before our eyes. But as the location is in Bengal the film sometimes slips into and becomes a Bengal film with very slow dialogs which loses the pace. Climax fills up all these gaps overall.
Sushant Singh Rajput hits a jackpot with this performance. Completely immersed in the character he shows flair of subtleness in his portrayal. The support cast adds the required wealth Anand Tiwari as the sidekick is fabulous. Neeraj Kabi as the boarding house keeper is excellent. Divya Menon as Satyavati is fine. Swastika’s performance lifts the film. Nikos’s stunning camerawork honours the makers cause. Vandana Kataria does an outstanding job. The presence of tram, cigarettes, match boxes, cars, man pulled rickshaw, coffee shops, and the hoardings everything is in complete sync with the era. BGM stand out almost in every sequence. This is a film that deserves to be watched, especially for its masterful film making..!! 🙂