Sushant Singh Rajput as expected has given a stellar performance, not just him, all the actors from Anand Tiwari, Divya Menon, Swatika Mukherjee to the villain whose identity will not be revealed, have done justice to their roles thereby making the movie all the more enjoyable.
If you love the 1940's and if you are a fan of fiction, then Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is the movie for you. It may be a little slow and lengthy but in the end it is a paisa vasool entertainer and a pure cinematic brilliance.
It's very shocking to see a film like DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! suffer a low stature and that too coming from a man who gave us stellar films like SHANGHAI, LSD: LOVE, SEX AUR DHOKHA, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE, and KHOSLA KA GHOSLA. While the film has a slow first half, its second half is endlessly dragged to the core.
There are many factors which may make the film struggle at the Box Office. A few of them include unwanted violence, a plot that went haywire and also too much of thriller elements. Generally, any kind of murder mystery comes with a sinister motive, which gets revealed towards the end. But, in the case of DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY!, the film gets dragged on endlessly, even after the culprit has been identified!
On the whole, DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! can be skipped, without any regrets.
Director Dibaker Bannerjee who has raised social issues in his earlier movies like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Shanghai, this time goes the dramatized way and brings the novelty in the mysterious genre.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is the perfect answer to the much praised Hollywood’s Sherlock Holmes. It makes you feel proud of your very own Indian detective. Don’t miss it!
As soon as you settle in and the movie begins, you are pulled into a unique, beguiling sepia toned, rose tinted world, a world that we look back with admiration and intrigue, a world of simple people with simpler lives. Director Dibakar Banerjee with his admirable eye for detailing, charmingly transports us to Calcutta of late 30s, right in the middle of the uncertainty and chaos created by World War II.
The first half keeps you excited but the second half is tad disappointing as it dips in pace and energy. Don't miss it. Even if just to go back to the magical world of nostalgia created so beautifully and earnestly by Banerjee and cinematographer Nikos Andritsakis.
Sushant shows just why he was fit for the job. He gets the body language right and brings the right amount of boyish edge this amateur detective needs. The actor adequately brings out every shade of his character. He never sweeps you off your feet, he doesn’t even mean to, it takes you a while to like him but he earns your trust and you are by his side throughout.
There are two kinds of audiences for this film --- those who know Byomkesh and those who don’t. Dibakar has a revelation for both. That’s one case neatly solved.