After riding on the group success or on the success of his other colleagues in his last three movies, Sushant Singh Rajput has finally proven that he has the mantle to deliver a box-office hit on his own. Dibakar Banerjee – directed Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (DBB) is a “period” movie perceived and presented from a contemporary perspective. Largely inspired from the two key Byomkesh Bakshy stories – Satyaniveshi and Satyawati – the movie weaves an interesting net of suspense and thrill.
Set in the 1940s, this movie shows the first case solved by Byomkesh Bakshy – a recent college graduate trying to make his way into the detective world. This case of serial murders in the Chinatown is projected to be a fairly complicated case that is not only linked to local drug trafficking, as in the original story, but also directly linked to a hypothetical Japanese attack on India during the World War II. Bakshy, the budding detective, takes it upon himself to solve the case with the help of Ajit, who eventually becomes his assistant from thereon. And predictably enough, he is able to solve the case in a rather dramatic manner.
While Dibakar Banerjee has been very careful in projecting Bakshy as an upcoming detective who has his own drawbacks and learns many things the harder way, Sushant Singh Rajput has also done an excellent job at portraying the character. Among the other actors, I found the acting of Anand Tiwari (Ajit Bandyopadhyay) and Neeraj Kabi (Dr Anukul Guha) the most impressive and befitting for their own characters. Dibakar’s way of adapting the 1940s stories in 2015 is impressive to say the least.
That said, the movie is not perfect in any way. At many points in the movie, I felt as if Byomkesh was running after the events as and when they happened, with no clue about their linkage to the case on hand. Also, the conclusion of the movie might come across as overly dramatic and violent.
I can say this for sure that everybody will like the movie, but for different reasons. The Byomkesh Bakshy fans from 80s & early 90s will love it for the contrast and ingenious adaptation of what used to be a successful television series. Others, with no baggage of the TV series, will like it for Sushant’s acting and Dibakar’s execution of a “period movie”. We will have to wait for the sequel (I’m sure that’s on the cards), to see if the franchisee can emerge as our local detective thriller series.
P.S.: The pictures have been borrowed from internet with thanks to the owners of the pictures.