Much talked about Dibakar Banerjee film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’s trailer is out. Set in a fictional 1940s’ Calcutta, Banerjee has given Bengal’s firmly middle-class detective Byomkesh Bakshi a very noir makeover. A walnut brown Sushant Singh Rajput stars as the detective on his first case — that of a missing person — and of course, there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. According to the trailer, it’s about “A War… A Mystery… A Detective…” and we should “expect the unexpected”.
Those familiar with the literary Byomkesh will probably stare with goggle-eyed shock at all the spilt blood and bare feminine skin on display, not to mention the sight of Byomkesh getting up close and personal with sultry vamps. Evidently, Banerjee has taken a lot of liberties from the original Saradindu Bandopadhyay story, “Satyanweshi”. In recent appearances, Banerjee has said that he was inspired more by the ambience described in pulpy B-grade detective novels rather than the polite, middle-class Calcutta in Bandopadhyay’s writing. There were hints of this in the teaser that was released last year and now the trailer shows that this is indeed more of Byomkesh by way of Sin City, despite the hand-pulled rickshaws and rattling trams in the film.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy releases on April 3, 2015.
Watch the trailer here