Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
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.
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. And the only person who needs to be blamed for this is the film's director Dibakar Banerjee, alongwith the film's joint writer Urmi Juvekar. It's very shocking to see a film like DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! suffer a low stature and that too coming from a man who gave us stellar films like SHANGHAI, LSD: LOVE, SEX AUR DHOKHA, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE, and KHOSLA KA GHOSLA. The trademark 'Dibakar' touch is heavily missing in the film. While the film has a slow first half, its second half is endlessly dragged to the core. In an attempt to make a thriller, it seems that Dibakar landed up infusing too many elements, which leaves the film in a very bad taste.
As far as the performances are concerned, it's a film that clearly belongs to Sushant Singh Rajput and his antics. Even though the film rests solely on his shoulders, the haphazard script acts as a spoiler in his performance as well. But, Sushant tries his level best to escape unscathed. Anand Tiwari plays his role with ease, so does Meiyang Chang who plays his 'part' effectively. Even though Neeraj Kabi does get a meaty part in the film, there are times when his performance lands up being translated into hamming. As far as the female leads (Swastika Mukherjee and Divya Menon) are concerned, they hardly have anything to do in the film, except for appearing in crucial moments of the film and help in to move forward. The rest of the characters help in moving the film forward.
The film scores very heavily in its breath taking production value (Vandana Kataria), who is definitely a name to watch out for in this department. Even the film's music (Sneha Khanwalkar, Dibakar Banerjee, Madboy/Mink, Blek, Mode AKA, Joint Family, IJA, Peter Cat Recording Co. - PCRC) comes across with a likeability factor attached to it. The film also scores in the sound department (Allwin Rego, Sanjay Maurya) (a handful of out of sync dialogues notwithstanding). Special brownie points to the film's cinematography (Nikos Andritsakis) for making the film look visually appealing. Because of the 'entangled' script, even the film's editors (Namrata Rao, Manas Mittal) couldn't do much.
There are many factors which may make the film struggle at the Box Office. A few of them include unwanted violence (esp. in the second half), a plot that went haywire and also too much of thriller elements. Generally, any kind of murder mystery comes with a sinister motive, which gets revealed towards the end. But, in the case of DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY!, the film gets dragged on endlessly, even after the culprit has been identified!
On the whole, DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! can be skipped, without any regrets.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Movie Review - An Arty Case Worth Solving...
As a kid, I used to be a great fan of detective based T.V series like 'Karamchand', 'Bhim Bhavani', 'Tehkikat', 'Suraag' and even 'Byomkesh Bakshy'. This fascination introduced me to the short stories based on 'Byomkesh Bakshy', 'Feluda' and 'Prof.Shonku'. The detailing and the pattern of solving the crime used to be highly engrossing. Sadly, when it came to films there were none to be found. Though we did witness films like 'Detective', 'The Perfect Murder', 'Apradhi Kaun?', 'Gumnaam', 'Kaun?Kaise?', 'Khoj', 'Plot No 5' and many more, which were mostly on lines of crime thrillers inspired by the work of Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Maria Corelli, James Hadley Chase, Suhas Shirvalkar or Surendra Mohan Pathak. Thus, right from the announcement of 'Byomkesh Bakshy' being converted into a full-fledged feature film to it being made followed by the promo and now its release, my curiosity and expectation level was at its peak. So, let's find out whether 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' will finally give us an out and out proper detective film in our Hindi cinema or might be on lines of last year's debacles like 'Samrat & Co' and 'Bobby Jasoos'.
'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' is the story of a private detective Byomkesh Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput), who is approached by Ajit (Anand Tiwari) to investigate the disappearance of his father. Byomkesh starts investigating the case from the lodge where Ajit's father used to stay and befriends Dr.Anukul Guha (Neeraj Kabi). The clues Byomkesh gets, leads him to an actor Anguri Devi (Swastika Mukherjee), a politician Gajanan Sikdar (Dr.Kaushik Ghosh) and a few more, along with a drug kingpin. How does Byomkesh solve this mystery is what the film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is as we know, based on the fictional characters created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay and has been brilliantly transformed into the big screen by Dibakar Banerjee and Urmi Juvekar. Right from the first scene of the film the movie is set on its right course without wandering even for a minute into the unwanted territories. Every scene is important and full of detailing with the script of the film. There are no sidetracks to dilute the flow of the film. However, the slow narrative pattern might not go well with the normal cine-goers, but is apt for such type of slow detective genre, which gradually grows on you with every scene of the film. There are some great scenes like the whole credit title sequence followed by Sushant meeting Neeraj Kabi in the guesthouse, Sushant-Anand Tiwari being followed in the streets of Kolkata, the whole opium track followed by Sushant-Swastika scenes, the revelation towards the finale followed by graphic based end credits. Nevertheless, more than the scenes, what makes 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy', is the minute detailing attached to the film. It has one of the finest artworks in our Hindi cinema, the brilliant set up of Kolkata from the early 40's era is something worth watching for sure. The makers and the setup (trams, posters, newspapers, hoardings, transportation, costume, magazines, accessories, etc) transform you into the world of 1942. The movie might not appeal to the people who need spoon-feeding and who are die hard lovers of escapist cinema, as there is a lot of things happening in the film, leaving not a single breathing space for such type of cine-goers. Nikos Andritsakis's cinematography is outstanding, as the sets and whole feel of the film looks real and believable.
Music is good, but fails to gel with the flow of the film. It is more international, thus misses the connect with the film. 'Jaanam' is brilliantly presented. The background music is outstanding and does full justice to the feel of the film.
Director Dibakar Banerjee gives us probably the true dark detective film with 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy'. He will satisfy all his fans and all those who love to see artistic films or are big admirers of proper detective films. His vision and detailing enhances the film to international standards and sets up a benchmark for Indian cinema. He might not be as real or simple in comparison with the films made by Satyajit Ray, Rituporno Ghosh, Anjan Dutt, Manju Dey and few more Bengali film makers, but has his own unique style and matches up to the true level of this genre. How we wished he would have presented it in a bit moderate manner in order to appeal the normal cine-lovers. In addition, the finale part should have been hard-hitting rather than being simple and creative.Performances:
Sushant Singh Rajput is cute and charming. He adds the much-needed innocence to his character with help of his pure smile and soft dialogue delivery. He might not be as appealing as Rajit Kapoor (from Byomkesh Bakshy T.V series), but will still set its own identity. Neeraj Kabi is brilliant in his role. Anand Tiwari is good and adds up as a good support to the lead character. Swastika Mukherjee looks charming and does her part with total grace. Meiyang Chang and Divya Menon needed more detailing.
Dum??? Well, the movie has all the dum needed for a dark and slowly enthralling detective based film. It is one of the good films we have recently witnessed in our Hindi cinema. Though, the masala film lovers will be highly disappointed with this movie as they might find it slow, boring and will fail to understand the plot line of the film. As for all those who love reading good detective stories, 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' is an arty case of mystery, which is worth solving for sure.Ratings - 3.5*/5
The film's story starts off with Jatin (Taaha Shah) and his parents taking care of his elder brother Akash (Priyanshu Chatterjee) who is battling for life in the ICU. A tensed up Jatin gets a reminder call about his appointment of being the chief guest at a book launch of 'AKS'. In order to fulfill his professional commitment, Jatin reaches the venue and inaugurates the book. No sooner he starts reading out a few pages, he finds something ambigious about the story and immediately sets out to seek the identity of the publisher leaving the book launch midway. However, to his utter shock, the publisher claims to be unaware about the author's whereabouts and maintains that it was couriered to her office and they decided to publish it due to its intriguing plot. The book launch triggers a series of flashback events which introduces the viewers to Barkhaa (Sara Loren), with whom Jatin falls in love at the very first sight and despite knowing she is a bar singer by profession, his love never fails to die. Barkhaa, who has a mysterious past, loses faith in humanity because of which she dissuades Jatin from marrying her. The only person whom Barkhaa trusts is her longstanding best friend Madhu (Shweta Pandit). Despite Barkhaa's warnings, Jatin goes ahead and proposes marriage to her (knowing the fact that she is already a single mother of a girl child). And when Jatin introduces Barkhaa to his family, his father (Puneet Issar) doesn't approve of the alliance and feels that the only person who can actually make Jatin understand the reality of life is his elder brother Akash. The mystery envelops Jatin's family in totality when Akash, after seeing Jatin's choice of girl, storms away in no time alongwith his family within a fraction of a second. Meanwhile, Barkhaa also goes missing from the house, thus adding to Jatin's woes.
Will Jatin be able to untangle the mysteries of his life, find Barkhaa and fulfill his dream of marrying her... is what forms the rest of the film.
BARKHAA is Shadaab Mirza's debut film as a director and his script is filled with numerous flaws. With an absolutely vague and directionless script, the film fails to hold your attention. It is far from entertaining. Shadaab fails to establish the connection between the flashback and the present day scenes convincingly. The length of the film is another deterrent. Overall, Shadaab fails to deliver, both, as a director as well as the screenplay writer (along with Lawrence John).
As far as the performances are concerned, Sara Loren is the lead character. Though the film is supposed to rest on her shoulders, her performance seems too meek and fragile to fulfill the responsibility. Her poker face in some emotional scenes and lack of expression makes the movie a dull affair. As far as Taaha Shah is concerned, thankfully, he shows some spark in the film with his character, although the film hardly gives any platform for him to exhibit his potential as an actor. Had Shweta Pandit's character been moulded with lot more care, she could have easily been the pick of the lot! Unfortunately, Priyanshu Chatterjee and the veteran actor Puneet Issar have nothing to offer in the film.
The film's music (Amjad Nadeem) is yet another department that needed some kind of 'fine tuning'. The songs are strictly passable and look thrusted into the film in order to keep the film moving. Even the background music (Raju Singh) sounds too loud. The only saving grace of the film is its cinematography (Mujahid Raza). The film could have come across as a decent affair if its editing (Mayuresh Sawant) was at least average.
On the whole, BARKHAA can be avoided as it offers nothing new.
Barkhaaa Movie Review - 'Black Rain...'
Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Chandni Bar' (2001) was one of the first hard-hitting realistic film based on the life of a dance bar girl based in Mumbai. The success of this movie not only established Madhur Bhandarkar as an ace director, but it also opened the path for many such type of hard hitting realistic films. The profession, which was mostly used to create an item song or establish the love interest of the hero in a crime based films, was explored with such depth and finesse in this film. Many filmmakers tried their level best to make films based on this genre, but none of them could get the raw intensity of 'Chandni Bar'. The latest to join this genre is 'Barkhaa', which is based on the life of a dance bar girl based in today's times. So let's find out whether 'Barkhaa' with presence of some noticeable faces will manage to give us another hard hitting realistic film like 'Chandni Bar' or might end up being one among all those films where this forbidden profession was used only to titillate its audience.Story:
'Barkhaa' is a story of an aspiring lawyer Jatin (Taaha Shah), who on his trip to the Himachal's falls in love at first sight with Barkhaaa (Sara Loren). Jatin's father (Puneet Issar) does a favour to Anna (Ashiesh Roy), who in return invites Jatin and his friend to his dance bar. In the dance bar Jatin witnesses Barkhaaa dancing on its dance floor as a bar dancer. Jatin keeps coming daily and finally gets attention of Barkhaaa. Little does he know that Barkhaaa has a sad past associated and thus what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is outdated and has the total feel of 90's type of cinema. The Taaha Shah-Sara Loren-Priyanshu Chatterjee track might remind you of films like Sanjay Dutt-Ajay Devgan's 'Mehbooba' or Sunil Dutt starrer 'Darpan' and few more such types of films. Right from the first scene till the item song in the end credits, there are back to back long stretched scenes with lots of social comments justifying dance bars, bar dancers and the people associated with it. It looked like the writers and the makers wanted to make a point that dance bar and bar dancers should be integral part of our society. In one of the scene, the writer had the audacity to compare dance bar girls to housewives. One does feel that the makers will show some sort of social reformation in the later part of the film, but its then when you realize that this movie is a romantic film with no head or tail of romance attached to it. There is a good amount of bashing on government, cops and judicial systems. The only good part in this movie, besides its getting over was, the track of Priyanshu Chatterjee. Also, the 90's dance tracks used in the backdrop of dance bar are nostalgic.Music & Direction:
Music by Amjad Nadeem is not up to the mark. A couple of tracks are hummable, but not cherishable. The background music is jarring and fails to connect with the flow of the film.Director Shadaab Mirza narrates an old and stale tale in an outdated manner. The romance lacks the soul and drama part lacks the intensity.Performances:
Sara Loren looks good, but fails to enhance her character due to her weak performance. Taaha Shah overacts and does not do justice to his character. Priyanshu Chatterjee was good in his small role. Punnet Issar, Shweta Pandit and Ashiesh Roy were fine in their parts.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum??? Well, except for the few minutes of Priyanshu CHatterjee's track there is absolutely no dum in this bland and dragging film. The movie guarantees you a severe headache and huge disappointment as it ends up as a black rain with smoky script, bland performances and lots of unwanted dust in the form of social comments in favour of dance bar.Ratings : 0.5/5
Dilliwaali Zaalim GirlfriendMovie Review - 'Ek Aur Dillwale Khosla...'
Anupam Kher starrer 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' is considered among one of the finest con-comedies from our country. At the time of the release the movie was a relatively small film with good actors associated with it. 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' also explored the cunning mindset of the conning businessmen based in the national capital of India. The movie was a surprise hit and with passing years has attained the cult status. Thus, many more films based on this genre or the styling were released and out of which very few could even come near to the intensity of 'Khosla Ka Ghosla'. The latest to join this genre is 'Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend', which has all the ingredients required for such types of films, right from its premise set in Delhi, a normal person getting conned by a rich guy, the normal person along with his friends decides to teach a lesson to the rich guy and so on. So let's find out whether 'Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend' will surpass or at least come close to the sanity of 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' or as expected might end up being yet another clone to the classic comedy.Story:
'Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend' is a story of Dhruv (Divyendu Sharma), who in order to impress a beautiful girl Saskshi (Prachi Mishra), takes a car loan for her company. Dhruv and his friend Happy (Pradhuman Singh) starts to celebrate the arrival of the new car but at that point the car gets stolen by a car dealer Minocha (Jackie Shroff). Dhruv, Happy and their reporter friend Nimmy (Ira Dubey) decides to do a sting operation on Minocha and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
As expected, the story is quite similar on the lines of 'Khosla Kha Ghosla'. Writer Manu Rishi creates some interesting situations like Divyendu and Pradhuman arranging for loan, Divyendu interaction with Jackie in police station, Divyendu-Pradhuman-Ira planning to trap Jackie, Jackie-Ira track and the whole sting operation. These scenes and few more manages to keep you interested in the film, but the unwanted songs (around five songs in the first half) and stagnant screenplay in the second half dilutes the flow of the film. The climax was super hurried and lacked the intensity. The camera work is average.Music & Direction:
There are around back-to-back five songs in the first half, where the movie starts with an odd Punjabi song being sung by a foreigner. However, 'Janib' is outstanding and 'Birthday Bash' is entertaining. Rest songs should have been omitted.
Director Jaspinder Kaur comes up with an interesting story line based on the car thefts happening in the north India, but becomes victim of half-baked script and overdose songs. She should have stuck to her basic plot of the film without wandering around. However, she manages to extract decent performance from the lead actors and have created a good amount of curiosity in the film.Performances:
Divyendu Sharma does his part with grace, though it's not even close to his earlier performances. Jackie Shroff is superb in the film and it's due to his fine performance the movie seems watchable. Pradhuman Singh and Ira Dubey lend good support. Prachi Mishra adds as a glamour value to the filmFinal Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum?? Well, there are some enjoyable scenes with decent performances by the lead actors, due to which the movie is watchable. The major hindrance is the overdose of songs along with weak and stagnant second half. There is nothing new or over exciting for the viewers to watch in this film, which could be termed as ek aur dilliwale Khosla ki kahaniRatings : 2.5/5
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