When the end credits started rolling in, there was a mad rush for the exit. It wasn’t surprising watching an entire crowd file out in sheer desperation. The movie, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy must be blamed. In a single line, one could say that the movie crawls. Extremely slow, DBB is an example of a film that disappoints the spectator in comparison to its action-filled trailer.
While the trailer promised suspense and thrill with some liberal dosage of intrigue. the movie seemed to be lost in its love for the haunts of Calcutta. Believe me, I love the city too. But, that does not mean I would want to swoon over the lanes or the bustling streets while the case unwinded at its own pace.
Sushant Singh Rajput is getting there. But not yet. Initially when the trailer kicked in, a few of my friends were disappointed seeing its chief protagonist. “But, he cannot be the same old Byomkesh Bakshy. Rajit Kapur (who acted in the 1993 TV series, Byomkesh Bakshy) fits the profile. How can Sushant Singh Rajput pull this character off?” they said. I would not disagree with them in a way because the actor did not seem like Byomkesh to me. You could watch him talk, laugh and eat and all that you would think is: ‘There is Sushant performing as an actor’. Despite that, I would definitely give him marks for his hard work. Sushant, you are trying.
Neeraj Kabi as Dr Anukul Guha leaves one in a daze. While the character did seem powerful in the beginning, his projection towards the fag end of the movie seemed dramatic. Do we need so many psychopathic traits to make a character seem villainous? Can’t we just not have a villain without maniacal eyes? To some extent, the women in DBB were extremely overpowering in comparison to the men. While Swasthika Mukherjee as Anguri Devi seemed forlorn, melancholic and erotic, Divya Menen as Satyawati seemed earnest and sincere. Both faces were fresh and if Bollywood wants to learn a thing or two from experimenting, they must go to Dibakar Bannerjee.
In a breakaway from tradition, the OST of DBB has been composed by independent artists including Peter cat Recording Co. This was an interesting addition to the movie as it played the role of a character while the narrative opened its way to dangerous terrains.
All in all, DBB is a one-time watch. One cannot trash it but neither can one applaud it. Watch it while you do your nails or nudge the friend sitting next to you. You won’t miss anything if you skip a scene.