Review : Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari)
Release date : April 03, 2015
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Dibakar Banerjee
Producer : Aditya Chopra
Music Director : Various Artists
Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput and director Dibakar Banerjee are here to make you nostalgic. Bringing back the long-gone detective story, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! hits the theatres today. Let’s see how the movie turns out to be.
The story of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy revolves around a murder mystery, which is being solved by a young Bengali private detective named Byomkesh Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput). Ajit Bandyopadhyay (Anand Tiwari) hands over a case of his lost father named Bhuvan to Byomkesh. During the case, Byomkesh finds out that Bhuvan is actually dead. He meets Dr Anukul Guha as one of the suspects, and goes ahead to stay in his lodge, where Bhuvan had also stayed, however, he too is murdered. One death leads to another and Byomkesh gets trapped in solving the case which leads to other dissolved mysteries revolving Chinese mafia and freedom fighters.
Will Byomkesh be able to solve this mysterious murder case? Forms the rest of the story…
Direction and script are actually the king of the film. Dibakar Banerjee’s style of filmmaking is sure unique, and he vividly knows how to keep his audiences engaged and not get bored throughout the cinematic experience. Speaking of performances, Sushant Singh Rajput, who has earlier proved his worth in his debut film, shines bright as a detective. The actor keeps getting better with every film and his confidence and body language takes the role to a new high. Anand Tiwari and Swastika Mukherjee are brilliant. And a special mention goes to Neeraj, who easily walks away with all accolades in climax.
The main negative of the film is its not-so-massy content. Not everyone will be able to understand the twists and turns that the movie contains. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy can be definetely be called a dark cinema, which is not a cup of tea of the masala loving crowd. Also the involvement of a lot of blood and gore along the course can repel a few viewers.
You just cannot afford to miss a single shot and if you are the inpatient one, then it may take a great deal of patience for you to understand the story. There are too many twists induced in the second half, making the plot a little confusing.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a murder mystery not resembling any Bollywood detective film in the past and can be easily compared to Hollywood detective films. The movie is visually engaging and filled with cinematic flair. Technically, the movie is sound. The excellent camerawork and locations, to the crisp editing and taut scripting, everything about the movie is perfect. The background score is brilliant and keeps the suspense right on track. With no songs in the movie, it becomes even easier for the viewers to concentrate. Also a mention goes to the art department, which plays a huge role in making the movie more authentic. Editing is top notch and dialogues are in sync with the era that the movie is set in. While the first half is nail-biting and extremely a mind twister, the second half of the movie is comparatively slow paced.
On a whole, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a movie that needs the viewers to use their brains to a very large extent and should be watched for amazing direction and performances.
Bollywood3 Rating :3.5/5
Reviewed by Neha Prashar Gupta