Detective Byomkesh Bakshy

Byomkesh Bakshy is fictional Bengali detective character, created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay in 1940s.

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The Film starts with a scene as… 1943 Kolkata. Gang of Chinese thugs is trying to unload their drugs on the banks of the Ganges. They do so successfully, but before they could make their way with the stuff, a hooded man thought to be Yun Gong, aided by others, arrives at the spot and loots the Drugs. The news spreads to Shanghai and the bosses want their stuff back. Meanwhile in Kolkata a helpless college student Ajit (Anand Tiwari), whose father has been missing for 2 months, asks for the help of his college mate, Byomkesh Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput) to track him down. Bakshy who is known to be less than cordial, agrees to help him after he suffers a personal tragedy when his love is married off to someone else and he is left holding her marriage card.

His search for Ajit’s father leads him to a lodge where he meets the charismatic Anukul Guha (Neeraj Kabi) and gets involved in a web of lies, deciet, politics, and most importantly drug mafia. Following his instincts and with some luck, he is able to track down the murdered remains of Ajit’s father, hidden in a factory. The discovery of his dead body sets about a chain of events which brings to light a plot to attack and destroy Kolkata coming from a powerful adversary. Ajit’s father is later found to be a surprisingly talented chemist. To the viewer’s surprise, Bakshy solves the case within the first 45 minutes of the film only to discover that he has solved it wrong and instead became a small tool of a grander plan, effectively serving the purpose of his antagonist. Chinese forces ruled Calcutta’s drug cartel, Britishers were trying to break through to them, World War II goes on around the world, and forces of other countries beckon at the doorstep of Calcutta to overtake it; there is just too much happening in Dibakar’s screenplay as Byomkesh must save the day, and his city as well from the impending doom. The plot also involves a conspiracy of Opium smuggling led by the legendary Yun Gong who was thought to be dead but surfaces at a tumultuous time to make the most out of the fast wrecking political scenario of the city.

The film moves along at a lethargic pace which after a while does get on your nerve. However the constant moving plot makes the movie interesting. The film provides an authentic look at the Kolkata of the 40s.The principal cast members do a wonderful job. I was simply taken aback by the wonderful performance of Sushant Singh Rajput. Sushant Singh Rajput lives the role beautifully. Neeraj Kabi – from the first scene he makes his appearance; you know that there is more to him than what meets the eye. He is the one who keeps you engrossed and excited about what his character might be about and how would he relate with Bakshy. Swastika Mukherjee as the svelte and sexy Anguri Devi is apt. She both looks and acts the part. Anand Tiwari, Meiyang Chang, Divya Menon and the rest of the ensemble cast do well to keep you engrossed.

On the whole, it remains to be determined if Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is the most faithful adaptation of the literary works but Dibakar Banerjee has definitely given us something to root for. As a friend says, it may not be his best film, but is definitely is his best directed film. And that itself must compel you to buy a ticket this weekend. Think no more, just go!

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