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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Review

Byomkesh Bakshy   Rating: 3.17/5

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

In the end the film has a lot going for it, even if it isn’t as fully satisfying as Banerjee’s previous works. This is a sprawling, ambitious effort with remarkable attention to detail; a film that deserves to be watched, especially for its masterful filmmaking. I’m going with three out of five for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. Give it a chance, prepare to be patient, and chances are that it’ll stay with you.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Saibal Chatterjee  Site:NDTV.com

The film also plays with contrasts to great effect. The characters wear desi outfits of the period, but stylistically the film has the look and feel of a modern international thriller.The eclectic background score composed of contemporary songs and sounds that sound anachronistic but enhance the visuals.Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is a cinematic delight that deserves a sustained run in the multiplexes.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times Of India

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is possibly India’s best-looking sleuth flick till now. A chilling climax masterfully ties up the tale – but 30 minutes less would’ve given this a much firmer knot. Still, DBB! is a fun watch presenting another mystery – how Sushant looks good, despite a uni-brow?Go solve.

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Ratings:– Review By:Komal Nahta   Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

On the whole, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is an ordinary fare which does not give the audience the thrill of a murder mystery. While it will be liked by the classes, its acceptance among the masses will be limited. It will, therefore, not do good business at the box-office.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Raja Sen Site:Rediff.com

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is the best looking and least captivating of the current lot. And, as said earlier, he didn’t like to be called detective. Defective Byomkesh Bakshy, then.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Anupama Chopra Site:Film Companion
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Ratings:3/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta   Site:Indianexpress.com

But this is also one of those films that makes up for the principal actor’s deficiencies by the performances of those who surround him. Anand Tiwari’s second-fiddle act is first-rate, and Neeraj Kabi, as the deceptively and determinedly good-natured doctor who runs the shabby-genteel ‘men-only’ lodgings where much of the action takes place, is so good you forgive his last-minute exaggerations.You can say the same thing about the film.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Surubhi Redkar Site:Koimoi

A classic whodunit thriller which holds the suspense quite firmly till the end. This is an excellent effort of bringing to life India’s detective figure Byomkesh Bakshy and with this film, Dibakar Banerjee forms a strong base for a crime-mystery franchise. Characters are strong and the suspense build-up is bang on.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Hungama Network Site:Bollywood Hungama

As far as the film is concerned, even though it’s a whodunit thriller, the thrill of watching a thriller gets lost midway through the film. In the name of a whodunit genre, the film goes overboard totally, thus, resulting into the film falling flat on the face. On the whole, DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! can be skipped, without any regrets.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Shubha Shetty Saha Site:Mid day

Don’t miss it. Even if just to go back to the magical world of nostalgia created so beautifully and earnestly by Banerjee and cinematographer Nikos Andritsakis.

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About Byomkesh Bakshy:

Initial release: April 3, 2015
 Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Running time: 135 minutes
 Music composed by: Sneha Khanwalkar
 Story by: Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay

 Sushant Singh Rajput
Anand Tiwari
 Swastika Mukherjee
 Divya Menon

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    Splendid, spectacular & mesmeric! [4/5]

    A man goes missing. The detective offering help doesn’t even blink or think before giving out his verdict that it is a possible case of murder. His one of many simplistic theories draws even the son in suspicion. As a viewer, you don’t need much time to realize that he is not your usual ‘unrealistically intellectual’ beast like Sherlock Holmes and is not at all a detective but a detective in making. Dibakar Banerjee’s splendid-spectacular & mesmeric murder-mystery thriller DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! may not be able to flabbergast you with terrific twists and reckless revelations but then, it also never ceases to engage with enticing visuals, imaginatively authentic art-design to recreate the nostalgic period, acquisitive music score, brilliantly written characters and some really well-directed sequences for a cinematic treat.

    It is Calcutta of 1940s. Japanese are constantly trying to snatch the control over the city from the British. Chinese drug mafia wants to make it a world drug capitol. The young ones are fighting for freedom. The ‘newborn in business’ Byomkesh Bakshy [Sushant Singh Rajput] is trying to prove his theory of missing man’s murder for his forced client Ajit [Anand Tiwari]. He is the same who joins Bakshy later as his sidekick or subordinate. The connecting threads lead him to a powerful politician, his sultry & seductive mistress [Swastika Mukherjee], an intimidating dentist-cum-Japanese tutor and a kind and obliging [Neeraj Kabi of ‘SHIP OF THESEUS’]. For the most parts, Bakshy is only seen finding links between two loose ends. For times, when we all are modified to watch razor-sharp detectives seeing it from miles and acting against it in an electric-speed; there is hardly anything in the plot you would describe as ‘extremely surprising’ but the ambiguity in the air never goes missing.

    DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! is stylishly shot gorgeous looking film where everything you see is fabricated, but how aesthetically and inventively! This is the world nowhere close to what we have seen in Doordarshan’s Byomkesh Bakshy series. The case-to-be solved here also doesn’t have limitations of being just another family affair. Dibakar Banerjee takes it on a bigger canvas to make Bakshy’s first case the biggest of what we have seen before. His Calcutta is nothing but a painting with brilliant art-design powered with nostalgic posters on wall, ‘approaching vintage status’ ambassador cars, man-pulling rickshaws on streets and Bata leather shoes for instance. In one momentous shot, we see camera following Bakshy-Bakshy bumping into a stranger-camera following stranger-stranger bumping into the man following Bakshy and then again camera getting back on track to follow the man; all this exercise through the windows of an ambassador car. See it, and you won’t miss it.

    With subtle and deadpan humor, film is a delightful watch. When at a drug-making company’s office, Bakshy jokes about him providing blood-sample that it is a must for every candidate before the job-interview, we see the whole lot of young candidates disappearing like a Jeannie. In another just after the blood-bathed climax, Ajit instructs his home-servant to make some tea as the police can visit the crime-scene anytime soon. Though Sushant looks very much in skin of the character, it’s the supporting cast that excels in the performance-sheet. Anand Tiwari as Ajit is a spot-on. Neeraj Kabi makes his act a balanced yet exceedingly outshining one. One more significant contribution one can’t ignore is the outstanding music score by Sneha Khanwalkar. My first move after the movie got over was to put the album on my playlist.

    At the end, Dibakar’s DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! is like a strong and effective opium intake once taken you will sure get addicted to it, sooner or later. [4/5]

  2. Good one gaurav rai !!

  3. Why the reviews are varying so much , is it entertaining or not , entertaining for me is NOT no brainer or masala . so tell me is it worth watching . Technically I suppose its good but is it entertaining or not.

  4. boring movie too much complicated story,you can easily guess villain till first half.dont waste money and time.

  5. The name’s Bakshy, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.

    After a wonderful ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, Yash Raj Films have hit screens with a whodunnit lead by an Indian super sleuth character, who has been popular with Doordarshan audiences over the decades. But is the big screen adaptation worth your time and money? Here’s five factors which help decide.

    1) Sushant Singh Rajput: Unlike his global counterparts (Holmes, Bond), Byomkesh comes across as the guy next door sleuth. He is one amongst us – throws up at sight of dead bodies, gets nervous at situations, his lies get caught and at times even misses the obvious clue staring at him. Sushant was probably the best fit to play this role. His on screen charm and presence carries the movie and is a treat to watch. When the mistress of a politician seduces him, you know, despite the ‘bhadrolok’ looks he deserves that Bond like magnetic draw.

    2) Support Cast: DBB has a solid support cast which holds the crime thriller strong. Anand Tiwari as the flustered son worried about his father’s whereabouts and Néeraj Kabi as the chameleon stand out. Kabi was fabulous in his role of a rigid monk in Ship of Thesus, and his portrayal in the climax makes us believe a sequel is on its way, featuring him. Performances have always been strong point of each of Dibakar’s movies, this one is no different. Watch out for the lodge servant whose hand trembles even carrying smallest of vessels or the inmate who always looks for a ‘special paan’.

    3) Storyline: Dibakar’s movies also search for a niche audience. Two of his previous ventures, LSD & Shanghai, needed total attention from the viewer – sight and mind. The settings are dark, gloomy and his stories unfold lazily, keeping one guessing till the end. DBB has a brilliant first half but a shade complicated and long second half. Multiple murder cases are linked to drug cartels and Japanese invasion attempts. If the film had a 20 mins shorter running time (148mins as of now) it may have made the product better, viewer less restless and story simpler. If Dibakar has sequel in mind (which seems obvious), he needs to make his series appeal to a larger audience, else making the proposition viable from its current budget, could be tough.

    4) 1942, a Calcutta story: With backdrop of World War II and frequent bombing by the Japanese, Calcutta of 1942 is shown brilliantly under British influence. Slow moving trams, potato wedges served, Statesman newspaper, early version of Mickey Mouse, lanterns covered with paper, musty walls and lot more. There’s brilliant attention to detail although one can’t help thinking that it wasn’t tough getting. Kolkata of 2015 is not much different from the 1942 version and at times I wished, during the movie, that the Japanese had invaded the city and kept it under their control than let it be part of ‘Waste Bengal’.

    5) Treatment: Despite the ingredients of a thriller, DBB laces itself with adequate humour. Watch out for the conversation with two factory guards from Munger (Bihar) or the visit to the dentist. Special mention of Anand Tiwari’s comic timing – he never contributes to the investigation but you want him to stay on screen, assured that his dialogues would give a smile. DBB does lack any pulse racing moment, wild chase or extravagant action. However several things stay with viewer after the movie – Sushant Singh Rajput’s look, the heavy metal soundtrack and quirky dialogues. Best dialogue – ‘Sach ke aas pass waala jhoot pakadna mushkil hota hai’ (Translation : It is always tough to catch a lie which stays closest to the truth).

    Rating: 3.5/5 (Averaged with friends), Great watch.

    Box Office Prediction: Friday 9pm show at Singapore had 90% hall full and while the storyline and settings may not appeal to all, good word of mouth with keep the cash register afloat. A relatively low budget (22 crores), no blockbusters coming in April but IPL to rival would be the decisive factors. DBB will likely have an average run and just about manage to break even.

  6. no it is not at all entertaining,it just want to suck your brain if you miss any part either of dilogue or scene or miss beginning you will be left confused,story is top notch but very very confusing.at interval only you can easily detect villain.
    dont waste money time it is serious movie going on and you will be bore or frusted till end.dont listen anyone.they will confuse.go for fast and furious 7 for paisa vasool entertainment.

  7. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy helmed by Dibakar Banerjee is an uncompromising, classic whodunit thriller which starts as a murder mystery but catapults with each subsequent scene, cooking up the suspense gradually with the best saved for the last.It's a well made thriller especially for those who like slowly cooked up suspense films moving at a languid pace. For my detailed review, please visit……..http://rohitmoviereview.blogspot.in/

  8. good attempt to make off beat film. though some short comings but still good art work. one time watch.

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