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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Its Dibakar Banerjee’s love affair with ‘Calcutta’

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By Ishan Kukreti

When Dibakar Banrejee decided to turn Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s Byomkesh Bakshi into a feature, it was a courageous call. Masters of Indian cinema like Satyajit Ray(Chiriyakhana,1967) and Rituperno Ghosh (Satyanweshi, 2013) had tried to do the same, but with little success.

Although the film is being severely drubbed by a section of filmgoers who claim to know the nuisances of Bakshi in some way that Dibakar could not capture, for those blissfully ignorant of such intricacies, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a treat that brings something nail-biting to the screen with every shot.

Dibakar is known for his realism in cinema. People remember Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2008) for the innocuously disastrous Lucky and Khosala ka Ghosala (2006) for a cranky and hapless Mr. Khosala. With Byomkesh, he has extended that knack for realism from characters to settings. The most breath-taking character of the film is the city, Calcutta of 1943. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy will go down in history as Dibakar’s love affair with Calcutta.

The film is shot beautifully. The subtle shift of noir tones from realistic to fantastic and the intricate camera work of Nikos Andritsakis (LSD, Ugly, Shanghai) sets the mood just right to enjoy the slowly unraveling mystery of converging revolution, drug smuggling, lustful liaisons and a quest for truth.

Although the film was publicized majorly as Sushant Singh Rajput’s big screen debut, people will remember the film for the madness which Neeraj unleashed on them.

The film is under fire for Sushant being a little too un-Bengali for a Bengali character but Dibakar is completely justified in bringing a sort of pan national look to the story. No better example of Dibakar’s success in doing that can be given than those two guys who were talking of leaving by interval but were the ones clapping the hardest when the film faded out.

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Actor Sushant Singh Rajput Becomes Brand Ambassador of Bata

Bata already has actress Kriti Sanon as a brand ambassador for their women's range and Smriti Mandhana as the face of their sports brand - Power

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Sushant Singh Rajput roped in as face of footwear brand.

European footwear major Bata has roped in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput as its brand ambassador to promote its new casual range.

This is in line with Bata’s objective to make the brand relevant and aspirational amongst the young and trendy consumers and the actor will be initially seen promoting Bata’s new men’s casual collection, said a statement.

“…I am super excited to be a catalyst of the brand transformation that Bata is undergoing. I have recently shot for their new ‘be surprised’ campaign showcasing the latest men’s casual collections. And believe me it will leave you surprised too,” said Sushant Singh Rajput on his association.

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Sushant Singh Rajput. Flickr

Sandeep Kataria, Chief Executive Officer, Bata India Limited, “Sushant is a multi-faceted actor who is a favourite amongst today’s youth with his performances and style. He is a perfect fit for the brand due to his charming persona and panache. He brings a freshness to the brand and we are happy to kick off this exciting partnership with him to make Bata more relatable to the youth.”

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Bata already has actress Kriti Sanon as a brand ambassador for their women’s range and Smriti Mandhana as the face of their sports brand – Power. (IANS)

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