Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)

Recreating mid World War 2 Calcutta was no easy task and director Dibakar Banerjee rose to this mean feat with bonus points for keeping it real and keeping us guessing.

The film solves its initial case very soon, getting into a web of deceit and far larger sabotage plans than could be imagined. A pure ensemble effort, the script and story were clearly the heroes.

Authentic sets, costumes and small nuances aside, the cast played distinct characters which lured us, confused us, shocked us and infuriated us. The maze of hits and misses results in a tame climax because that’s what it required. The gangster rap like contemporary back ground score worked brilliantly with 40’s Calcutta.

Sushant Singh Rajput does what he should, without going over the top. Anand Tiwari emotes brilliantly, whereas Neeraj Kabi gives a layered performance. Swastika Mukherjee provides the glamour and mystique of the era and Divya Menon shows us the strength of a Bengali woman.

A case that unraveled many cases and a sleuth that did justice to them all.

3.5/5

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