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
Vintage of the Year!
Dibakar Bannerjee returns to the screens, and the results are smashingly effective.
The crime drama noir detective Byomkesh Bakshy has made his Hindi movie debut, and believe me, what an exhilarating experience it is!
The film starts from its roots. Bakshy is making his debut as a detective. He is seen jumping, walking through the streets in questionable disguise, and throughout the mysterious strolls of his, throughout his disrobing of the complications, the film admirably gets the pulp fiction genre of it right.
But the film, performative sorts and figuratively struggles to keep pace with Saradindu Bandopadhyay's original, with narrative strands which don't quite pull off seamlessly. But Sushant Singh Rajput is quite a saving grace as Byomkesh, his absurd looks matching his unconventional performance.
But the film merely manages to keep pace as a display of its filmmaker's abilities. Bannerjee has effectively stages the notions of moral ambiguity and fatalism of the gore. But with another crew, the film could have been so much more other than a superb visual framework for a detective thriller.
Believe me, the film is slick and unpredictable, but it had room for much more. It's merely 3 out of 5 for the film, one being for Saradindu's eighty-four yer old story making its additional half star. But for Sushant Singh Rajput and Dibakar Bannerjee's near-perfect chemistry, its an additional star which makes it a recommendable 3.5 out of 5 for 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!'. I guess walking with no expectations is the best manner to enjoy the film.
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
Dada is back??
Byomkesh Da bhaalo bhaalo! :: Hw can we forget our 'bengali homes' played by so subtle rajit kapoor on doordarshan tele series...it still gives us d goosebumps..so this one by dibakar da also takes u down the smokey lanes of 40s kolkata engulfed in the shades of japanese invaders,chinese smugglers,opium traders and ofcourse freedom seekers..minute detailing of kolkata is the best thing abt the movie...the cinematography stands out..background music goes well with the narration..every characters seems to b sunken into that era.at times it gets languorous bt i think such kind of movies needs patience to make us flow wd the narration..u may not like this flick,may be it does not entertains u at that level which this genre could hav done bt it certainly mesmerises ur heart with its placid nd relaxed atmosphere nd u feel redemptive nd craves for more.