No, he isn’t the Byomkesh Bakshi of the 90s. Nor does he wear the thick-rimmed spectacles. And, he’s Bakshy and not Bakshi. Face it! However, there’s surprise in store for you. With his film, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, Dibakar Banerjee takes us through a spectacular cinematic time travel along the dark alleys of the pre-independent Calcutta.
Away from the mainstream melodrama, Dibakar Banerjee’s films are a treat to watch. Whether it’s Khosla Ka Ghosla, Love, Sex Aur Dhoka or Shanghai, Banerjee has always given us films with intricate characters and plots. If you laughed while watching Khosla Ka Ghosla, LSD left you awestruck. This time again, Dibakar Banerjee hits the bulls-eye with Byomkesh Bakshy.
The film is a noir adventure, with Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role of Byomkesh. The actor who last appeared in PK, gives a refreshing performance. But at times, he might remind you of Raghu from Shuddh Desi Romance. But still, the actor delivers a power-packed performance. Anand Tiwari who plays the character of Ajit Banerjee also gives a good performance. Swastika Mukherjee plays the character of the mysterious seductress with finesse. Banerjee does a brilliant with his characters as well as the entire set of the film. He pays attention to every minute details. The advertisement posters, the objects, the cigarette tin, the random man in the baazar with fresh fish in his hands… everything is like straight out from Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s stories of the sleuth.
The plot… well, expect the unexpected! The story follows a series of murders, which Byomkesh tries to solve. The murders, however, leads Byomkesh into a more complicated series of affairs. The suspense build up is terrific and will keep you hooked on to film.
The music syncs well with the film. The tracks are fresh and catchy. Done with collaboration with various artistes like Madboy/Mink, Ursi Banerjee, Akshay De and others, the film’s music is unlike the usual Bollywood fare.
Why should you watch the film?
Who doesn’t love a classic whodunit-crime film? Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is not your regular Bollywood package. If you enjoy watching suspense, this film got it all! Plus, the end promises more. And, we really don’t mind. Bring it on Banerjee!