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Movie Review: Byomkesh Bakshy (2015)

★★★☆☆
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Detective_Byomkesh_Bakshi_posterCalcutta 1943 a War… a Mystery… and a Detective…
The film starts off with a night of November 1942 in Calcutta, with a narrative by Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput). When he is busy playing in the sports room, Ajit Banerjee (Anand Tiwari) approaches him to solve the case of his missing father Bhuvan. Then, a very practical Byomkesh Bakshy tells him that he doesn’t want to accept this case and gives him all the possibilities of his father to have gone missing. A very upset Ajit, then, slaps him in front of everyone. The very next moment, we see Byomkesh Bakshy taking up the case and trying to recreate all sorts of possibilities, which could lead him to cracking the case. And when Byomkesh Bakshy really gets to searching by going hammer and tongs over the case, he lands up discovering that Bhuvan had not gone missing, but had been mercilessly murdered. And then starts his journey to find the killers of Bhuvan. As and when the case progresses, he keeps on meeting various characters, who in turn, lead to various twists and turns in the film, which also includes merciless murders at regular intervals. In the meanwhile, while he is investigating the case, a very seductive Devi/ Anguri (Swastika Mukherjee) tries her level best to seduce him. As the case progresses, Byomkesh Bakshy, suddenly, chances upon a very mysterious map.

What is the mystery of the map, does Byomkesh Bakshy become successful in nabbing the culprit of Bhuvan, the reason behind his assassination and also the culprit behind the series of murders and the reason for their murders is what forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

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Positive Reviews
4.0 “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a delicious thriller filled with elements that make you rack your brains too. “
Koimoi
4.0 “A murder mystery classic. “
Filmfare
4.0 ” Watch it for the packaging of the movie, music, lights, art direction and the story – they all fit together for an experience to remember.”
Zeenews.India
3.5 “The Great Indian Sleuth Story”
Movietalkies
3.5 “With a stunning build-up, Dibakar keeps you guessing till the very end”
Deccanchronicle
3.5 “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.”
MId-Day
3.5 “etective Byomkesh Bakshy! is a cinematic delight that deserves a sustained run in the multiplexes. “
NDTV Movies
3.0 “It may be a little slow and lengthy but in the end it is a paisa vasool entertainer and a pure cinematic brilliance.”
Filmibeat
Average Reviews
2.5 “Watch it once for some great performances and fabulous production values that one hasn’t seen in Hindi films in a long time.”
Masala
2.5 “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a mystery movie that doesn’t mystify”
Rediff
Negative Reviews
2.0 “DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! can be skipped, without any regrets.”
Bollywoodhungama
2.0 “The trimmings on this one are plenty, but it’s the meat that is missing.”
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