Byomkesh Bakshy quick take: A murder mystery which will suck you in

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2015 13:17 IST

If the first half of Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is any indication, it could well be Sushant Singh Rajput's biggest leap yet after all those baby steps he took in Bollywood. Given the kind of pre-release hysteria Yashraj Films was able to whip up around the film, here's what we have to say: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a welcome, even surprising, break from all those mind-numbing fare dished out from Bollywood in the name of creativity.

Based on Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's popular fictional character Byomkesh Bakshy, the film is set in '40s Calcutta. Our own super sleuth Bakshy is struggling to solve his first case as colonial Calcutta, with all its mystery and intrigue, is giving him a tough time. His persistence bears fruit when he gets his first clue in the form of Anguri, a free spirited woman (Swastika Mukherjee). Despite his friend and associate Ajit’s (Anand Tiwari) repeated warnings, Byomkesh is set to kick some backs even if it puts his own life at risk.

The film's poster promises action.

Tight screenplay ensures you are sucked into the film's suspense right from the beginning. It is a murder mystery and you soon realise everybody is a suspect. Bakshy has his own learning curve to straddle before he turns into the 'satyanweshi' we all know him as.

However, one thing is certain: This is one film that will undoubtedly establish Sushant Singh Rajput's credentials as a 'good' actor. If nothing, he could well be the face of India's most fascinating sleuth, somebody who could give Robert Downey Jr a serious run for his money.

The city of joy plays the perfect foil for a conspiracy that involves several nations and many lives. The film's canvas unfolds so very slowly, which adds to the intrigue. Things are not exactly the way one perceived in the beginning.

Watch this space for more.

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