Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Movie Review: Delivered Fresh, Strong And Intelligent

Dibakar Banerjee is arguably my most favorite current Indian filmmaker. With a sleight of 4 feature films, Dibakar has trumped many of his peers with unswerving consistency. Its hard for me to recall an average film by him, let alone a bad film. And let me say at the very onset that yet again, Banerjee does not disappoint with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, starring a magnetic Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role. 

Byomkesh Bakshi is fictional Bengali detective character, created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay in 1940s. This is the 10th film to be made on the character, and there are 2 more of them coming out this very year. Save for this one, all other films are in Bengali, including one directed by the great Satyajit Ray. Moreover, Byomkesh has been a favorite character for television as well. Rightfully so, Dibakar took it upon himself to introduce him to Hindi cinema, and largely to an audience which is appallingly unaware of our own literature. It is also Dibakar’s return to his own roots, albeit in his very own charismatic style. Continue reading “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Movie Review: Delivered Fresh, Strong And Intelligent”

An Artiste is entitled to His/Her Personal Life too, let’s Respect That!

Last week two incidents revolving around two separate actresses were talking points, one was about the arrest of an actress by overzealous police. It is funny that our police which is understaffed and overworked always have the time to conduct raids and arrest people. Every cop these days seems to be conducting such raids and arresting people, it appears to be often the trick of third rate policeman to feature in newspapers. The second incident that I’m referring to was about the leaked private images of a famous Hollywood actress, which was obtained by hacking into her Apple account.Continue reading “An Artiste is entitled to His/Her Personal Life too, let’s Respect That!”

Autograph(2010) Bengali Movie Review: Homage to Satyajit Ray’s Nayak

If they try to snatch away your verse-poetry,I promise I’ll fight them really hard.

Satyajit Ray is one of the all time best filmmakers across the globe, it would be impossible for any budding Indian especially Bengali filmmaker not to watch his films and get influenced by his work. Srijit Mukhreje’s debut film Autograph is a homage to Ray’s acclaimed film Nayak, which I feel is one of the most beautifully shot films ever and Ray’s expertise is quite evident in first two minutes when he introduces the yesteryear Superstar Uttam Kumar, during credits. Coming Back to Srijit’s Autograph, it is a look at what would have happened if Aditi’s (Sharmila Tagore) character from Nayak would have acted with the super star.

Autograph 2010We are introduced to Shubhobroto Mitra (Indraneil Sengupta) who is an aspiring director wanting to adapt Ray’s Nayak, with current superstar Arun (Prosenjit Chatterjee). Arun readily agrees for the film as he wants to establish the fact that success of his films and the reason behind audience flocking to to theatre is him and not producer or director. He sees this as an opportunity to establish his supremacy and stardom.Continue reading “Autograph(2010) Bengali Movie Review: Homage to Satyajit Ray’s Nayak”