In Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput will be seen donning dhotis and a moustached look, which director Dibakar Banerjee says was a risk that he took to break away from traditional Bollywood hero image.
The crime thriller is based on the fictional detective Byomkesh
Bakshi, a character created by the Bengali writer Sharadindu
Bandyopadhyay in 1932.
"Bollywood has a tradition of seeing young men in a certain way.
The cool quotient of this guy is that he is very ordinary. He is a
not a fashionable person. So, we took a huge but calculated risk
and pushed Byomkesh's look and styling which Hindi film audience
has never seen.
"Yet the feel of the film is very contemporary, I really hope it
catches on," Dibakar said.
Set in Kolkata of 1940s, the film shows a young Byomkesh
embarking on his first case while the metropolis is in the grip of
World War II.
The director, who has earlier helmed films like Khosla Ka
Ghosla, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and
Shanghai, said that the global conflict has an important
role in the movie.
"During the World War II, the nature of crime changed in
Kolkata. There were air raids and there were Japanese spies as
well. And that point, Kolkata was a port city so there were
naturally more crimes. In this scenario, a young detective Byomkesh
Bakshy came to solve a mystery - his first case," he said.
Dibakar has been working on the film for last four years and he
said after spending several sleepless nights, he is glad to see
that the love of his labour has come out good.
The Yash Raj Films and Dibakar's co-production also stars
Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee and will hit theatres on April