Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Movie Review
Have you watched the recent version of Sherlock Holmes featured on AXN? If not, then you have a surprise waiting for you when you watch Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. The reason I am mentioning this is because the whole concept of characterizing the Bengali detective is ‘inspired’ from the new Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Byomkesh Bakshy is a detective based on the novel written by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay, the great Bengali writer!
Story Line of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
The plot of the movie is based on a Japanese mafia gang who tries to smuggle via West Bengal, and a few money-minded localities help them to make West Bengal the main hub of drug-dealing. The Japanese gang is very powerful and desperate, and as a result there are murders and assassinations that take place. The film starts with Byomkesh (played by Sushant Singh Rajput) meeting a client: Ajit (played by Anand Tiwari), in a café, as Ajit states that his father is missing and he is worried about him. Byomkesh gets on this case and starts enquiring Ajit about his father. Byomkesh then one by one unfolds the mysteries hidden behind Ajit’s missing father.
There are murders, mystery and all kinds of suspense revolving around the characters of the film. Byomkesh gets fooled by Dr. Guha, the main culprit and also the land owner of Ajit’s Father, Bhuvan. Dr. Guha is the media through which Japanese were able to smuggle freely in West Bengal. Dr. Guha fools everyone: his long-term girlfriend (Angoori Devi), Byomkesh and in the end the Japanese gang as well. The story ends with an open note where Dr. Guha challenges Byomkesh that he will be back again! Do expect a sequel soon.
Characters in the Movie
First of all, the character of Byomkesh is portrayed very differently in this film, although, the director of the film, Dibakar Banerjee reinvents the Bengali Detective Byomkesh. Here are my 2 cents- I am a Bengali and I grew up reading and loving Byomkesh and for me, it was not at all fair to change the character so much. In this film, Byomkesh is childish, jumpy and weirdest of all, scared of blood! In actual story, Byomkesh is much serious, calm, extremely intelligent and courageous. My point is which detective jumps up and down shouting ‘there has been a murder’ (except for Sherlock ‘Benedict’ Holmes) with a smile and then when visiting a murder scene, nearly faints and vomits?
Byomkesh has been shown as a near amateur, want-to-be detective rather than ‘the famous detective Byomkesh Bakshy as mouthed by Ajit in the opening scene. The character of Dr. Guha has been shown as extremely fierce and to some point seems unreal. In the end, defeated and fooled by a rather genius enemy, Byomkesh sits helpless and proposes a girl (and may be lives happily ever after?).
Should You Watch Byomkesh Bakshy?
I seriously don’t know, the suspense is very mediocre and the background music is very much annoying at times. Sushant Singh Rajput had tried his best to portray Dibakar Banerjee’s Byomkesh but did not excel. As a villain, Dr. Guha was much better; over all, it was mediocre film that you can watch at your leisure with no such expectation to be amazed or thrilled.
Honestly, I love the new Sherlock Holmes only because, it is staged in present times, and the difference of the character with the classic one seems pretty normal and acceptable. But when a classic character staged in the original time period and acts like new age generation, it does look weird (to me!). Also, throughout the film the screen is so dark; I almost felt watching Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black again! This film could have been better with original and somewhat tolerable background music, keeping it real or at least in touch with the actual novel. Clearly, I expected a lot from this film and it failed to amuse me. I would give hardly 2 stars and that to for the villain, Dr. Guha and other characters.