Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Divya Menon, Swastika Mukherjee, Neeraj Kabi, Meiyang Chang, Mark Bennington, Shivam
Byomkesh Bakshi is a fictional character made famous through a series of books written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. At the time when World War II has broken out, Ajit Banerjee (Tiwari), a youth living in Calcutta, approaches Byomkesh (Rajput) after his father goes missing. Byomkesh is convinced that Ajit’s father has been murdered and soon goes to the guest house where his father was staying to find more information. The landlord, Dr. Anukul Guha (Kabi) starts assisting Byomkesh in his hunt which leads him to a local politician fighting for independence, his wife, Anguri Devi (Mukherjee), his nephew and his sister and a Japanese dentist. Byomkesh soon realises that what he has in his hands is not a simple murder but a huge plot that can have disastrous consequences. The movie starts off on a very interesting note and steadily progresses only to reveal a major twist quite early on in the movie. The plot seems to be distinctly divided into two parts, before this twist and after this twist. Before the twist, the story is about Ajit’s father but soon after the larger conspiracy develops and starts taking shape. Sadly though, the movie doesn’t end on a high note in terms of the climax. The twist which comes halfway through the movie makes it very easy to guess the protaganist revealed in the end. The only question remains is what happened and how. Sushant Singh Rajput does a good portrayal of a young, excited and smart detective and not the rigid and calculated types that we think of. The entire cast, consisting mostly of lesser known actors have done a good job in supporting the movie. A very good mystery movie that is worth watching once at the least.
Thumbs up: Great acting
Thumbs down: A little easy to guess the protagonist