Har Har Byomkesh (2015)

India Sangeet India Network DVD
Shree Venkatesh Films



Text below written 2016-11-19


An elegant bengali film rendition of one of the many cases from the Byomkesh saga. The Truth seeker or detective
Byomkesh Bakshi, the fictional bengali solver of mysterious crimes. The Byomkesh series written by Sharadindu
Bandyopadhyay
were enormously popular in India and the first story appeared in 1932 and continued for many
decades. Byomkesh has also been seen in many films and TV series through the years, but I, as a westerner living
in Sweden has sadly never had the opportunity to see any of these TV films, here only boring British, US and
Scandinavian crime series are allowed to be shown.
I've only seen one Byomkesh movie before, the slick looking but maybe not very good Bollywood 2015 CGI orgy
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! but wouldn't it be great if an indian Byomkesh series was shown on swedish TV?
If I was a program boss at the swedish television i would show Indian crime, South Korean and Chinese etc.

Nusrat Jahan as Shakuntala, the young wife of Deepnarayan Singh

1946: There are religious and political riots in India after the British has left and also so in Kolkata (Calcutta) so
detective/truth seeker Byomkesh Bakshi (Abir Chatterjee), his wife Satyabati (Sohini Sarkar) and his chronicler
Ajit Bandyopadhyay (Ritwick Chakraborthy), the fictional alias of SB, take refuge in a neighbouring state, in Banaras
= Benares/Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh ? invited by their friend police inspector Pandey.
They stay in a nice house at the river Ganges and plans to have relaxful time there, but No, a crime will be committed.
Naturally, as Byomkesh must have a murder mystery to solve, he can't just frolic with his cute wife for the length of
the film and drink beer with his friend Ajit, then movie audiences would probably boo and throw things at the screen

A rich and sickly old man, Deepnarayan Singh (Adil Hussain) lives with this 25 year old wife Shakuntala (Nusrat Jahan)
in a palace close by, and invites our trio to a party. He's given injections for his liver ailment by his doctor and dies in
a second when the poison Curare has been added to the vial used. Who could've wanted the old rich man dead?
His wife Shakuntala? His alcoholic brother Debharayan Singh? His sister-in-law Chandni (Rachel White)? The Doctor?
His old doctor? His wife's old friend from her hometown? Someone else? Byomkesh investigates ... seeks the truth.

Some beautiful music numbers done the old style

As nearly always with Bengali films there is some sort of elegance and restraint to the film. Not Great but Good in a
calm peaceful way, and .... with some really, really beautiful music numbers done the old style, with gorgeous hand-
movements and a wonderful normally pitched female voice (not the strangled cat shrieking that plagues Bollywood
films, a freak style introduced by The Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar in the 1940's.
The songs sounds a bit like the Mujra tradition songs (originating from Tawaif, courtesans during the Mughalera era)
but i know absolutely nothing about indian music and the different styles. It's beautiful though, old style beautiful.
Barnali Chattopadhayi sings the wedding song Saawan Aayo Ri and i could watch her hand movements for hours
and Kalpana Patowary sings the beautiful ending song Chain Khaan Prabhu

Anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 bengali audio with english subtitles. No extras, Small red logo in upper left corner

 

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