Review of the film “Byomkesh O Agniban”

Director – Anjan Dutta

Cast – Jisshu Sengupta, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Anjan Dutta, Debdoot Ghosh

Overall Rating – 4/5

Anjan Dutta’s Byomkesh movies have never failed to impress its audiences and “Byomkesh O Agniban” is not an exception. But it is truly different from the other five Byomkesh movies as it has combined more than one Sharadindu story in one movie.

The opening credit says it is based on two stories “Agniban” and “Uposanghar” but the story “Uposanghar” has reference to the other story “Satyanweshi” so there is a small portion of “Satyanweshi” too. The screenplay has been written wonderfully combining three stories and the good thing is all the stories run in parallel and unfolds the final secret at climax. The movie begins with the story “Uposanghar”. A match box has been stolen from police custody and Byomkesh ( Jisshu Sengupta) has been assigned to find the culprit and recover the stolen match box. Now the big question is why the matchbox is so important and the answer is there in another story “Agniban” which is based on a case which was solved by Byomkesh few years ago. The story of “Agniban” unfolds in flashback as Ajit (Saswata Chatterjee) narrates the story to different people at different situations. Also there is some flashback of the other story “Satyanweshi” and it’s interesting to see younger version of Byomkesh and Ajit (Played by younger actors). But unlike “Agniban”, this story is not in much detail only minimum required portions are there in flashback. They must have considered the audience have read the story. If you have not read the story but have watched Dibakar Banerjee’s Bollywood adaptation of Byomkesh, that may help you to get better understanding of the story.

The screenplay is the best thing about the film which merges all three stories smartly. The flashback situations have been placed in the script intelligently and it never looks forced in the story. Arghyakamal Mitra’s crisp editing helps to narrate so many things in less than two hours running time. Gairik Sarkar’s cinematography has given the film a rich look. Neel Dutta’s background score is effective but the one Jazz song he has composed is not up to the mark.

Jisshu Sengupta is playing Byomkesh for the third time and he is getting better with each film. This one is his best Byomkesh act so far and it will be considered as one of his career best performance also. He has carried away the attitude and swag of Byomkesh perfectly. Saswata Chatterjee has already got into the skin of the character Ajit after playing it for six times. He has his own way of adding humour to this character. Undoubtedly he is the best Ajit Played by any actor on screen. Among the others Swastika Mukherjee is very impressive as a lonely housewife and seductress. She has a scene with Jisshu where she is trying to seduce Byomkesh and together the two have amazing chemistry in that scene. Debdoot Ghosh and Sumanta Mukhopadhy are in good form. Anjan Dutta is as good in front of camera as he is on Director’s chair.

Overall it is one gripping thriller which will keep you glued to your seats till the end credits. This is the best Byomkesh film made by Anjan Dutta. It shouldn’t be missed.

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