With Har Har Byomkesh Arindam Sil also jumped into the Byomkesh Bakshi bandwagon (Anjan Dutta being the other filmmaker making Byomkesh movies regularly) and that proved to be a successful outing. After leaving a mark earlier this year as director with Eagoler Chokh, the follow up film to his previous hit, Ebar Shabor, Arindam is back with another Byomkesh film-Byomkesh Pawrbo. This is based on Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay‘s ‘Amriter Mrityu‘. The film sees Abir Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty and Sohini Sarkar reprise their roles as Byomkesh Bakshi, Ajit Bandyopadhyay and Satyabati respectively. The rest of the star cast includes Sayantika Banerjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Sumanta Mukherjee, Subhashis Mukherjee, Rajatava Dutta, Koushik Sen, Supriyo Dutta, June Maliah, Padmanabha Dasgupta etc.Continue reading “Byomkesh Pawrbo: Trailer”
In any detective/ thriller movie there are 3 things that bind the story- What, Who, Why (and How). But the most important of these is the ‘Who’. If it is not closer to the end then the rest of the story falls flat even if you have to discover the other ‘W’s. This was the main issue for me in Detective Byomkesh Bakshi.Continue reading “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!: A Quick Review”
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”
Anjan Dutta is back with his 3rd Byomkesh Bakshi film, Byomkesh Phire Elo. Featuring Abir Chatterjee once again as Byomkesh, the film is slated to release on 19th December, setting up an interesting clash with Sandip Ray‘s Badshahi Angti. Not only is it a unique case of 2 films based on 2 popular Bengali detectives (Byomkesh and Feluda) releasing on the same day, it is also a unique case of Abir Chatterjee playing the lead in both these films. Byomkesh Phire Elo is based on Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay‘s Beni Sanghar and the film also features Saswata Chatterjee (as Byomkesh’s aide, Ajit), Ushasie Chakraborty, Bishwajit Chakraborty, Chandan Sen, Locket Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen etc. The music is by Neel Dutt.Continue reading “Byomkesh Phire Elo: Trailer”
Long hours in the office, not much opportunity to talk to friends or family, thinking about work much after office-hours and generally feeling low have been some of the symptoms. And then I talked to the doctor in me, and I prescribed myself some serious movie-watching, (not as in ‘art-films’, but like non-stop, one-after-the-other, everyday, day-after-day). Well, I submerged myself in the DVDs which had been lying at home; some watched umpteen times already, some the packing still unopened, some watched in theatres and later DVD bought as a collection. My DVD-player had been playing smart with me lately, sometimes stopping, sometimes jumping chapters, sometimes making screechy-noises, primarily sulking like an ignored housewife, probably because I had started favouring my laptop lately for the mere convenience of it.Continue reading “Basu Bhattarchaya's Teesri Kasam (1966) Movie Review : An Underrated Gem”
Bengali literature has had its fair shares of goenda-golpo or detective fiction over the years, whether it be the swashbuckling adventures of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Indiana Jones-ish Kakababu, Samaresh Majumdar’s intrepid youthful sleuth Arjun (who could beat the Hardy Boys under the table any day) or Satyajit Ray’s towering Bong Sherlock, Pradosh C. Mitter, aka Feluda. In this private-eye pantheon though, Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s Byomkesh Bakshi holds a unique place of distinction.Continue reading “Rituparno Ghosh's Satyanweshi (The Truth-Seeker) Movie Review”