The fun and thrill of watching a detective movie is simply unbeaten. The suspense, the mystery and a man up there to solve the case. He is the man who possesses unusually high levels of intelligence and patience. Well, he has got a riddle to figure out, which nobody understands and he is constantly looked upon for the answers. This the perfect platform for our hero to employ his humor, sincerity and razor-sharp observation. It is no surprise, he does it everytime. One of the main traits of watching a good detective movie or reading a good detective fiction is that we just can’t stop admiring the protagonist and often wonder if we could have possessed those extraordinary skills. Whether it is Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christie’s novels or Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary works. Even in India, there are a few worthy names in detective literature. Remember Satyajit Ray’s Feluda or Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s Byomkesh Bakshi.
They all had the talent ordinary people don’t. Their creators envisioned them that way. Of course, it is clear that abroad, detective fiction is popular on a much bigger scale than in India. Actually, a lot of factors contribute to the culture of detective stories; both on the behalf of writers/filmmakers and readers/audience. For instance, in the West, the concept of a ‘detective’ is highly-evolved. “He is the man who solves National problems whereas, in India the work is primarily restricted to the private investigation”, Surendra Mohan Pathak, the veteran of ‘Jasoosi’ literature in India points out the trend.
In Indian literature, the trend might not be breathing with much innovation, but as far as movies are concerned, 2014 is going to be a great year. Why? Because simply five detective films are supposed to release in 2014.
Dibakar Banerjee’s take on the popular detective hero from Bengali fiction. A TV series was also made in ’90s. It became hugely popular with Indian audience and starred Rajit Kapoor in the lead role. This time, the story is set in war-torn Kolkata and the year is 1942. The film will follow the adventure of Byomkesh Bakshi as he solves his first case fresh out of college. Sushant Singh Rajput is playing the character.
Bollywood hearthrob Ranbir Kapoor stars as Jagga Jasoos in this film which is directed by Anurag Basu. This is supposed to be the James Bond meets Sherlock Holmes meets Mission Impossible sort of character and the fim promises to be a roller-coaster ride of comedy, mystery and fun.
One of the most-versatile actresses of Indian Cinema, Vidya Balan dons the role of a lady detective in this movie. The concept is ultra new for the Indian audience and it is going to be a test for the makers. But with the talent and commitment of Vidya Balan along with the sound story and firm direction, Bobby Jasoos can be a trendsetter. Close to being a true detective movie, Samrat and Co. will star Rajeev Khandelwal playing the role of the protagonist. He is going to solve the mystery in the movie. The character is supposed to be extensively researched and based on private standalone investigators. With the nuances of crime-solving, this film promises to a really good suspense adventure trip.
Mr. Joe B. Carvalho:
‘Circuit’ from Munnabhai series plays the investigator this time. Arshad Warsi’s previous film was Jolly LLB where he donned the role of a lawyer. This time a detective! He is really playing good roles and always gives a sincere performance in all his films. Plus, there is Soha Ali Khan in the role of a police officer, it is sure that Joe B. Carvalho promises a fun-filled mystery thriller.
Hope with these interesting films, the genre of ‘Jasoosi’ films gets revived once again in 2014 and films with great content gets produced and the audience appreciates them.