Monday December 17, 2018

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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The #MeToo movement in India started after actress and former beauty queen Tanushree Dutta in September recalled an unsavoury episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of "Horn OK Pleassss" in 2008

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Sushant Singh Rajput has been accused of sexual misconduct by his “Kizie Aur Manny” co-star Sanjana Sanghi. In his defence, the actor shared screenshots of their SMS conversation and called it a “smear campaign”.

Sushant on Friday tweeted snapshots of his conversation with Sanjana from the first day to the last day of the film’s shoot, and captioned it: “I feel sad to reveal personal information but it seems that there is no other way to state what was, in the midst of this curated and well-timed smear campaign.

“From the first till the last day of the shoot, this is what happened on the set with Sanjana.”

Sanjana has accused the 32-year-old actor of behaving inappropriately on the sets of the movie, saying he made her feel “uncomfortable” with his “overly friendly behaviour” during the shoot in Jodhpur.

On Thursday, Twitteratis pointed at Sushant’s missing blue verification tick on the micro-blogging platform following the claims.

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Sushant Singh Rajput denies harassment claims.

However, Sushant on Friday clarified: “For all those deliberately using the missing of Twitter ‘blue tick’ to substantiate their false claims, allow me to tell you that it is not there since September 5. Get your facts checked before jumping to conclusions that you so eagerly want to.

The film’s director and popular casting director Mukesh Chhabra has spoken out in support of Sushant.

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“I totally stand by Sushant. No such incident happened on the sets and let’s not have a Twitter trial and make an innocent person suffer for somebody else’s ulterior motives. I had clarified this on twitter long back and I still maintain it,” Chhabra, who too has been accused by a women of sexual harassment, tweeted.

The #MeToo movement in India started after actress and former beauty queen Tanushree Dutta in September recalled an unsavoury episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of “Horn OK Pleassss” in 2008. (IANS)