Filmmaker Anjan Dutt is busy shooting Kohen Kobi Kalidas, his fourth Byomkesh Bakshi film, which went on the floors recently. Dutt also says that he liked filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee's interpretation of the iconic Bengali sleuth in his recent Hindi release, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
Dutt, who is an ardent admirer of Sharadindu Bandopadhyay and has tasted success with all his Byomkesh Bakshi films, says, "I liked the way Dibakar has depicted the post-modern deconstruction in his film. He has interpreted Sharadindu in a one way and I have done it in another way and both are justified. Dibakar has deconstructed the stories and I take one story at a time and make a film. I too have made changes in the stories because that is required when you make a film. I have chosen stories, which are solved by Byomkesh after his marriage to Satyavati. A married detective excites me more. Very few detectives in literature are married and Byomkesh is one of the few among them," says the filmmaker-actor.Dutt, who made his debut as an actor in filmmaker Mrinal Sen's Chalachitro, also informs that he liked Sushant Singh Rajput's performance in the film. "Dibakar's Byomkesh is punk, hallucinatory, cosmopolitan and edgy. He has made the film on the first story and has been influenced by a few of the other stories, whereas, I have interpreted Byomkesh differently. Mine is more noir, dialectical and deals with moral and social degradation. I've dealt with Byomkesh in the post-independence era. He is domesticated and I've dealt with the darker sides of human nature in my Byomkesh films," says the director of the Bow Barracks Forever and The Bong Connection.
Nirbaak poster featuring Sushmita Sen.
One the other hand, Dutt is excited about working with Jisshu Sengupta, who replaces Abir Chatterjee as Byomkesh in the fourth installment of the franchise. Dutt introduced actor Abir as Byomkesh Bakshi in his first film, Byomkesh Bakshi (2010), which was based on the story Adim Ripu. The actor did three Byomkesh films with Dutt, the last being Byomkesh Phire Elo, in 2014, which struck gold at the box office.
However, Abir soon quit the Byomkesh Bakshi franchise and decided to play Feluda, another iconic sleuth, in Sandip Ray's Badshahi Angti (2014).
Dutt had no other option but to had to replace Abir with Jisshu. "I didn't want Jisshu to start from where Abir left. Jisshu had expressed his desire to play Byomkesh Bakshi while we were shooting for another film, Sesh Bole Kichu Nei. After Abir left, we wanted a fresh face. Jisshu is doing really well. Since it's a new Byomkesh, we also decided to approach the film in a different way. Unlike the earlier Byomkesh films, Kohen Kobi Kalidas is faster, racier and more action-oriented. Jisshu is quick, agile, witty and has a good sense of humour, and we have included all these in the script. We have laid more emphasis on the action and less on the dialogues in this film. We are taking different kinds of shots. Kohen Kobi Kalidas is dark and Hitchcockian," says Dutt, who will be seen acting alongside Sushmita Sen in Srijit Mukerji's soon-to-release, Nirbaak.