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19 Responses to “Detective Byomkesh Bakshi trailers (updated)”
WTF is that background music in a movie set in Kolkata 1943? Also it’s too gritty for me- I saw the bengali Byomkesh Bakshi starring Abir Chatterjee and that was a family film. I haven’t read the series so not sure if the books are kid friendly?
I’m surprised no one’s picked up the key visual motif in the trailer — it’s a comic book/graphic novel adaptation, made explicit with the last shot of Bakshi overlooking a burning image of Calcutta. It’s as if Batman is looking at Gotham…
I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Just don’t expect high art going in, and you’d be fine.
The Bond reference is out of place though. This is a chance for Dibakar Banerjee to showcase his Hollywood/world cinema influences, as there’s not much to show otherwise. Apart from OLLO and to an extent KKG, I remain largely unimpressed with his work. Shanghai wasn’t a bad film per se, it was just so dour that Byomkesh Bakshi is a welcome change.
If the film ends up being a pastiche, as I suspect, I wouldn’t mind it one bit. I think talented filmmakers need this latitude to express themselves and have some fun. From this particular trailer, it’s clear that Dibakar Banerjee knows his cinema. The tributes to film-noir and (gritty) comic book adaptations are all too clear. Given the kind of entertainment that Bollywood regulars dish out, this is a connoisseur’s dream. Seriously!
A word about Sushant Singh Rajput: he seems to find himself landing plum roles with talented filmmakers, more often than not. What seems to be the mystery here?