Some time some films turn out to be as good and as appealing to senses as a good book. They are no less than a page turner which keeps us hooked and entices us with its aesthetics. Dibaker Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is just that!
The film traverses through the Colonial Calcutta as it introduces the protagonist, Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput) clad in the typical dhoti-kurti attire of pre-independence India. After having faced a bitter break-up, Bakshy filled with resentment and rage accepts a case which may look as casual as a missing case but it plunges into the darkest trenches of Calcutta.
The film is predictable to some extent and one tends to lose interest at times. But the patch work as a whole appeals to the senses. In our view, the film’s story was strong, plotting crucial, but it could have been a story set in contemporary era as much as medieval one! However, the tale spins around the character of Bakshy and so to have a setting of colonial India was inevitable. Banerjee pointed out to the media before the start of the film that the film is a whodunit and we too felt that it is perhaps inspired by Hollywood and Hitchcock. The film is peppered with humor which keeps the tonality of the film in check.
The film’s music needs a special mention because like her previous ventures this one too has a distinct grace and charm in itself. Sneha Khanwalkar moves to the rustic, caged, nuanced life of pre-independence India, plays on the theme and adds a unique soulful touch to the music. The director makes sure that the element of music acts only as a background music owing to which it doesn’t turn out to be a cacophony in the film.
Speaking about the acting, after seeing Rajit Kapur in the garb of Byomkesh Bakshy, it is difficult to think of Rajput in the same character. However, because of the versatile thinking and craze of Bakshy, Sushant befits the role. Dr Ankul Guha is a character is beguiling and Neeraj Kabi does a phenomenal job of portraying it seamlessly.
What attracts you more is the artistry of the film, the frames and the montages are A-rate. They take you on a nostalgia trip and bring out the Bengali-ness of the setting. With the film being a cliff hanger, India gets its own promising franchise Sherlock Holmes-esque franchise.