Top reasons to watch ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’


If Indian film enthusiasts regret that they never got a legendary detective like Sherlock Holmes. It is time to stop complaining and head for ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’ Sushant Singh Rajput would be taking his audience on a journey of suspense with a tinge of romance this Friday. Here are the top reasons to watch this thriller:

Sushant’s character: He has very well established a lover boy image with his soap ‘Pavitra Rishta’ and films ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ and ‘PK’. Though this changed with his character Ishaan in ‘Kai Po Che’, it was not as challenging as the one to come. The dynamism that Byomkesh Bakshy exudes can be very well seen from the trailer itself. Sushant doesn’t let viewers take their eyes off the screens even for a second. His look has been further publicized with the appealing poster that blends dhoti with action in a never before seen way!

The director: The film has been directed by Dibakar Banerjee, who is undoubtedly a storehouse of talent. He directed and scripted the comedies ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ and ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ Both these ended up winning National Film Awards. The director’s grave side was seen in ‘Love Sex aur Dhokha’ that critics applauded as “original, innovative and ground-breaking cinema.” His last ‘Bombay Talkies’ in 2013 was called “compelling watch”.

Cast: Other than Sushant, the cast comprises of Swastika Mukherjee and Meiyang Chang as well. Swastika essays the sexy role of Anguri Devi- who is a spy and a dancer as well. The ‘Indian Idol’ fame Chang has appeared in just one film ‘Badmaash Company’. It would be interesting to see how his acting turns up this time.

Villain: It is unknown as yet who would be the villain. Dibakar creates suspense - “The villain in this film is such a character, who is on the same level as Byomkesh. Byomkesh respects the villain because he knows that he is very dangerous... The audience will see a new legendary villain in this film.”

The concept: The film is based on writer Saradindu Bandyopadhyay’s fiction on Byomkesh Bakshy. Sushant reveals how the director went about the business- “He has mixed two or three stories, shown how a man fresh out of college turns into a detective in 1943 Calcutta, with the Japanese invasion and our freedom struggle in full fettle, the American GIs occupying the city too — thanks to its strategic position as a port city — and the opium trade on as well.”