Make way for the sexiest detective in town as Sushant hits the nail right on the head with this one
Nothing fascinates me more, like murder mysteries do. With each passing minute, I'm thankful to Dibakar Banerjee for having taken up a project as such. The truth of the matter is, that only a visionary like him could have done justice to the venture, much like he did. My nails are half bitten and I find myself going back to scenes which made me go "oh duuuudddeee" Here's what I thought of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! :
What's it about:
Set in the pre-independence era(1942) in Calcutta, the film is essentially a murder mystery. Meet Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, a goofy yet genius soul who doesn't miss the most minute details which often skip the other's eye. From the paan stains on one's lip to a scar under the elbow, this man sees it all. Detective sahab is approached by Ajit Bandyopadhyay( Anand Tiwari), who informs him about his missing father Bhuvan. Here, the curtains are raised and a thrilling show begins. Byomkesh is supported by his companion Dr Anukul Guha ( Neeraj Kabi) in his chase to nail down the culprit. The plot thickens as Byomkesh discovers a possible suspect, Gajanan Sikdar(Dr Kaushik Josh) along with Anguri Devi( Swastika Mukherjee), a woman who hides her dark secrets by using the tool of seduction. A shocking twist comes in which makes Byomesh realise that he has been following the wrong trail all this while! What is the new story? Who the f**k killed Bhuvan? This is for me to hide and for you to find out!
If there is any actor who could play Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, it's Sushant Singh Rajput. Not only did the actor own his character, he lived and became it. SSR kept me hooked throughout his journey and very few performers have the ability to hold one's attention in a way which he did. Director Dibakar truly used the actor's ability to the fullest and hence deserves credit for the same. Coming to the film, I loved the way the venture was handled from start to end. Be it the sudden twists, the camera angles or the brilliant way in which subtle touches of the 1940s era were brought in to make it all look believable, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is dark cinema at it's best. Allow me to give a shoutout to Dibakar for not being on the fence while showcasing gore, bloodshed or violence. All three are always brutal and the director knew that well. The gripping point of this venture is the background score. Every nail biting scene came across as deadly, owing to the brilliant music put in. Swastika Mukherjee was glamorous and sexy as Anguri Devi, much like she was ought to be. Anand Tiwari was believable and bang on as the clueless, tensed son who lost his father. The one who takes the cake in the end however, is the villain. He-who-must-not-be-named is the modern day Gabbar folks, so let me keep the suspense intact for you!
Though I don't have much to say in this department, I would still like to mention the prolonged ending to this film. The scene where the entire mystery unravels, is fascinating to watch. However, what follows after, is an endless saga of "kill me or I'll kill you," which then turns into a bit of a snooze fest. All I remember saying by the end of it was " just get done with it already! " The ending scenes are slightly jumbled and come across as a glitch. I wish Dibakar could have ended the film earlier and made it shorter, as it would have created that lasting impact he was aiming for.
What to do:
Bollywood has aimed to shell out several murder mysteries in the past and failed miserably. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy however is a treat to watch, especially for all Sherlock Holmes fans. Trust me, you will forget about the ruling Khans once you see Sushant in his killer detective avatar! I urge you to go and watch this film right away.
4.0 out of 5
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