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)
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
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