Movie Review – Detective Byomkesh Bakshi ***

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Based on the character created by Saradindu Bandopadhyay the film is a story of one of his murder cases blowing out of proportions.

Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s Byomkesh is a combination of the scientist in Sherlock Homes and the meticulous style of Hercule Poirot. The story has him playing with pan masala turning in drug when eaten which is very Homes like to his final meeting with all the characters in the plot explaining what and how things unfolded which is what Poirot does so often. Clearly Mr. Bandopadhyay is influenced by both Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle.

The movie though picks up the pace in the end to some extent, it is generally slow and ends up as a long wait for action during most of its length. The scenes are mostly dark and the background music to me was a big let down as it plays such a big part in a detective film. On the positive side Sushant Rajput almost single-handedly carried the movie. The other bright spot is the set and costume design which creates pre independence Bengal burning in the flames of world war II beautifully.

Overall though the film disappoints as the expectations are very high but it is still a decent effort. From the end it seems there will be more sequels and I will be waiting for them.

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