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Film Review: Byomkesh Phire Elo

Byomkesh Bakshi

It is extremely difficult to make a good Byomkesh film. Directors have tried and failed to portray the Satyanweshi in the perfect form. The best adaptation of Byomkesh Bakshi on screen till date was undoubtedly Uttam Kumar in Chidiyakhana (no, I didn’t like Basu Chatterjee’s series with Rajit Kapoor in lead).

The last two films directed by Anjan Dutt were miserably awful.  Byomkesh Phire Elo comes as a breath of fresh air in the adaptation of the super Bengali sleuth. Aabir Chatterjee is flawless in his portrayal of the mannerisms of Byomkesh. Based on the novel Benisanhar, the film does complete justice to Saradindu Bandyopadhyay’s work.

The background score of the film was haunting and helped in the flow of narrative of the thriller. Every actor did full justice to their roles (special mention to the young actor who played Makrand). Kaushik Sen and Ushasie Chakraborty were over-the-top with their performances (and thankfully, did not have a lot of screen presence).

Although the climax was the film was too long, the message given through the film is admirable. With the various sub-plots, the film acts as a mirror to the turbulences in the human psyche, and the society at large.

Watch it if you are a fan of Byomkesh, you wouldn’t be disappointed. This is definitely Anjan Dutt’s best work in the series.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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Feluda is back with a bang – Badshahi Angti Review

feluda is back

There was a time when Christmas was synonymous with Feluda. The tradition met with an untimely break in 2012 due to the sudden demise of Bibhu Bhattacharya; even Sabyasachi Chakraborty had aged… Feluda needed a break and deservedly so! But after a gap of 3 years, Feluda is back with a bang!

The action has shifted to the Golden City of India – Lucknow. Badshahi Angti, the second novel in the detective series, brings back Bengal’s favourite sleuth. Aabir Chatterjee is absolutely ravishing in the role. His facial expressions, use of “magajastro”, the Bangaliana – everything is just perfect. I don’t think people will have any difficulty accepting him as Feluda, even though he has also portrayed Byomkesh on screen!

Badshahi Angti – the film – was not well written. It had the gloss, some element of thrill, but the script lacked the punch the original story had. The climax was dull when it could have sent the audience into an adrenaline rush! In the end Badshahi Angti turns out to be a damp squib.

However, one must credit Paran Badyopadhyay for putting in a great performance as Banabihari Sarkar. Dipankar Dey as the father of Topshe is wasted. The flawless Bangla accent of Bharat Kaul as Dr Srivastava is surprising. Sourav Das is promising but not as good as Topshe should be; he lacks the spark.

All in all, thank you Sandip Ray for bringing Feluda back. Looking forward to Gangtok E Gondogol next Christmas. Thank you for using the original Feluda theme in the end credits.

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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