First, late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh made the yet-to-release Satyanweshi with director-actor Sujoy Ghosh in the lead. Then recently, director Dibakar Banerjee announced his version with Sushant Singh Rajput in the title role.
No doubt, there’s a sudden increase in interest in Bengali author Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s age-old detective character, Byomkesh Bakshi.
In the ’90s, Basu Chatterjee had used all the stories written about the character to make a TV series. Now, the veteran filmmaker wonders about about the fresh perspectives, saying, “I don’t know what they are going to make that’s new.”
Bandyopadhyay had set his character, Byomkesh, in the backdrop of pre-Independence Kolkata in the ’30s. Chatterjee, who is sentimental about the time, urges filmmakers to be well-versed with the detective and the era before they make their movies.
"People should read Byomkesh properly first and then talk about him,” says the 82-year old, who has made films like Chhoti Si Baat (1975), Chitchor (1976), Safed Jhoot (1978) and Shaukeen (1982).
Chatterjee claims that for his series on Doordarshan, he had used all 32 stories on Byomkesh. He says, “The stories are independent from each other. My series has all 32 of them. You have to ask them (filmmakers) what new they are going to offer (sic).”