Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Reviews
Give it a chance, prepare to be patient, and chances are that it'll stay with you.
‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’ is a film that filled me to the brim. It is the kind of film that I will recall and savour, flaws and all. The pacing is languorous, and in the second-half, the stutters become obvious. Its biggest weakness is its leading man Sushant Singh Rajput...
The multiple Byomkesh adaptations Bengal keeps churning out might not make for great cinema, but, based as they mostly are rather slavishly on Saradindu’s work, enthrall new audiences regardless. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is the best looking and least captivating of the current lot.
It’s a film that will keep you glued to the screen for all the 135 minutes it runs into. Don’t think of even missing a minute of it.
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.
...a cinematic delight that deserves a sustained run in the multiplexes.
...a fun watch presenting another mystery - how Sushant looks good, despite a uni-brow? Go solve.
Rajput immerses himself as Bakshy and comes out on top, but the film itself never manages to soar, despite threatening to do so many times. The trimmings on this one are plenty, but it’s the meat that is missing.
Don't miss it for the world. Byomkesh Bakshy has everything going for it. Great script, superb ensemble and a director who isn't afraid to dream big! It is worth getting caught in this cryptic maze.
Bandopadhyay's stories are a page-turner. The same cannot be said for Banerjee's story which while it is ambitious on scale falls short on pace and thrill. Banerjee gets a tad too indulgent with the technical crafts. It comes at the cost of a lack of engaging tug-of-war between Bakshy and his nemesis; Banerjee and Juvekar don't manage to give him enough weight in screen time. The editing is sluggish which only hampers the narrative. Overall, the canvas is great but the work on it leaves a lot to be desired.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a delicious thriller filled with elements that make you rack your brains too. This mystery is the one even you would want to solve. Watch it for an amazing story and its even better execition. Crime mysteries just got better in Bollywood!
...a must watch for noir lovers and the end might just be the beginning of Dibakar's next.
There are many factors which may make the film struggle at the Box Office. A few of them include unwanted violence (esp. in the second half), 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! ...can be skipped, without any regrets.
...the setting of Calcutta in the 1940’s, the detailing that has gone into it, the ambience, costumes, lighting, camerawork and the overall production values are absolutely top class., there is no two ways about that. It is as real and as good as a period drama can get...but on a downbeat note, the focus in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is only on the grandeur of the scenes with very little going for it in terms of the story.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is definitely worth a watch but is it brilliant? Not really.
Watching Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is an exhilirating and engaging experience. With its enriched visuals and edgy music, this film really serves up great thrills. Yes, the ride is a bit bumpy and the average film aficionado might not take kindly to the sudden influx of violence, but those are variables in a larger game. This film is bubbling with nervous energy and it has all the trappings to entertain. Miss it at your own risk. Movies this well-made are hard to come by.
Audience Reviews for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
Very Good In Parts Despite Being Slow
A Worthy Watch Especially For Dibakar's Vision And Shushant's Acting If Not For Others.It Begins Slow And Remains Slow For Sometimes But As The Mystery & Thrill Begins It Becomes Interesting.I Loved Last 10odd Mins.Waiting For It's Sequel, Which Should Be Better
A friend tells me why Banerjee decided to replace the "i" to "y" in the title Bakshy because he wanted to "create a balance (sic)" and God knows what he meant by that. Maybe he wanted to differentiate between the loads of previous adaptations and samplings from his magnum opus. Anyway, the purpose gets almost fulfilled.
World War II is happening and the frame focuses on pre-Independent Calcutta. Byomkesh Bakshy (Rajput), our own (aspiring) detective, is approached by Ajit (Tiwari) to investigate the disappearance of his scientist father. Bakshy sets out and gets entangled in a mesh of illegal opium trade, politics, nationalism, and fight over power - all in the backdrop of the ever formidable War. The story picks up, goes haywire, picks up, goes haywire, and picks up to become a titillating thriller which demands rapt attention if one hopes to understand the plot better.
The film is multi-layered, with Bakshy jumping streets, throwing wits, figuring out his foolishness, getting apprehended, and finally inching near the truth through a complicated maze. So there is a high chance that the audience may be divided into many types: the ones who delve into the plot and figure out the whole drama along with all the niceties, the ones who get the picture, but are confused about certain factors, the ones who know what the film is about, but have no idea who the villain is and what his intentions are, and the ones who sneer at their own lack of ability to construe the whole rave.
Yes, the plot is intense with gory and vivid depictions of War and its side-stories through the eyes of India. One will feel the adrenaline rush, watching the fiction unfold through twists and turns. But the biggest problem is that the antagonist is revealed by the interval and all you have in the second half is the build up. Of course this buildup is not raw, but climactic.
Banerjee has truly transitioned India's own, calm and cool detective into an excitable character, and with the gritty story, it is already being nominated as a future cult classic. The attention to details (from fear of anachronism) and production design is the biggest highlight of the whole film, and will definitely mesmerize people who can grasp it. Plus, the sound mixing is the most brilliant work I have seen in Bollywood so far. The indie score/music is brilliant, but it may divide the audience, because of heavy and shameful use towards the end. Inventive camera work that will keep you at the edge of your seat, but the screenplay had equal potential to push you back, and there is where one experiences exhaustion. The cast is good, and Rajput can be lauded. His efforts are clearly visible.
BOTTOM LINE: All in all, a great effort by the team for adapting a highly revered character into silver screen without spoiling it. 6/10 - average.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
Gore/Violence: Strong | Drugs/Smoking: Medium
Dark and Engaging
Review: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
The Directorial marvel by Dibakar Banerjee maintaining his हटके storytelling way and skillful piece of Acting by Sushant Singh Rajput; takes us on a journey of Midpalace of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy to experience 1942 Calcutta in British-ruled India.
Story: Initially a missing person case takes turns and reveals it as a murder mystery which later reveals the plan to invade Calcutta by Chinese and the Japanese invaders. The screenplay asks continuously the question “WHY” to viewers and characters themselves about the mysterious case keeping the slow-increasing tension till the end. Although the Interval-Moment looks like kept intentionally at that specific position for splitting total length.
Casting: Screen presence by Swastika Mukherjee was duration-wise fair enough. Neeraj Kabi as Dr. Anukul Guha is cherry on the top and will worth to remember.
Technicalities: Captured awesome location scenes by Cinematographer Nikos Andritsakis showing old and periodic Calcutta. Lightings, Shadowing, Frame angles, etc technicalities are worth to experience which improves story-screenplay values.
Reasons to watch: It’s a must watch for those who worship Mystery Thriller Genre. Afterall its First Ever case of Byomkesh Bakshy. Some may call it an Indian Sherlock!
Reasons to avoid: It’s a complete “Class” movie which may keep Mass audience away from it. It’s an average paced screenplay and may feel drag at couple of post-interval positions.
Overall its must watch in theaters only!
Watch it only if you are DB fan!
If you have fond memories Basu Chaterjee’s suave and mature adaption of Byomkesh Bakshi aired on DD in 1993, you might be in for a surprise after watching Dibakar Banerjee’s adaption. For this latest avatar of BB is a young lad who is as restless and careless as many 20 something guys of today. Almost a chain smoker, Sushant Singh Rajput’s BB is even over-confident at times and thus ends up committing few mistakes but is smart enough to learn from them and correct them as well. And this in my view also becomes a part reason as to why the movie is slow to begin with since we see him grow almost from scratch.
The plot of the movie is, quite expectedly, about unravelling a mystery. The mystery is laid in the backdrop of drugs cartel, World War II and India’s freedom struggle. And more than the prime plot, its the thread with which all the above backdrop subjects are interwoven is more interesting and even intelligently crafted. And all that is thrown in the beautiful frames of old Calcutta courtesy some superb work behind the lens by cinematographer Nikos Andritsakis. Unfortunately, the mystery is not as gripping as one would expect but the editing and the sequence of events ensure that you are bound to lose track of whats happening if you don’t pay attention, especially in the second half. In a way, being not-so-mysterious works well for the movie for it avoids the usual cliche of throwing a huge surprise in your face like the many other whodunnit movies.
Sushant Singh Rajput is remarkable in BB’s character and so are his other hostel mates and the hostel owner. There is a dash of glamour courtesy Swastika Banerjee, some of whose scenes in the first half were unnecessary. But nevertheless, she fits quite well in the bigger scheme of things. And there is this trademark Dibakar Banerjee dark humour in couple of scenes (esp that one scene towards the climax of the movie) which bring a smile in an otherwise dark movie. That darkness is further accentuated by some hard rock soundtrack by Sneha Khalwalkar.
Overall, its a good movie and should be watched, more so if you are DB fan. Having said that, I still miss Dibakar Banerjee’s style of humour of Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky and wish he returns to that genre soon.
PS: The Sherlock Vs Moriarty inspired treatment towards the end means there is small scope of sequel as well