Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

A decent attempt at an authentic setting and intense plot distracts this thriller from thrilling you.



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31 reviewers have given Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! an average rating of 3.7/5.0 (?)

18 yays
3 nays
10 so-so

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Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, A Fine Imbalance ...However, when it comes to the nuts and bits of the case, more than the whodunit aspect it is the why and how he does it aspect that teases us more. The problem is Dibakar approaches the dark fantasy like a stingy visual chemist. In his formula, Byomkesh is not allowed to romance beyond a few amorous exchanges with Satyavati (Divya Menon). It might not work for some but this is the charm of his work. He makes even a fantasy everyday like, believable. With the air already thick with the promise of a sequel, we might have got our answer to Sherlock on screen.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...All said, 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!' is an eminently watchable film but not the best we’ve seen from Dibakar Banerjee yet. The film works because of incredible cinematography by Nikos Andritsakis, the beautiful art production, the anachronistic thrash metal music, and a commendable leading man. The film is intriguing, dark, slow and seductive. If only, it was as good an edge-of-the-seat whodunit. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...In all, as was the case in director’s last venture SHANGHAI, this too has its technical excellence right there as an impressive merit. But the film stumbles a lot in its overall execution, a feature we do not usually associate with the name of Dibakar Banerjee. So you can opt for it if really interested in watching the artistic depiction of the 40s more than anything else. And in case that doesn’t excite you at all then watch a few episodes of Basu Chatterjee-Rajit Kapoor TV series on Youtube this weekend or can even try Satyajit Ray’s CHIRIYAKHANA (with Uttam Kumar playing the lead) made on a strange case handled well by our beloved, smart detective created by Saradindu Bandopadhyay.... full review

Thumbs up by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice ...Bodrul Chaudhury... full review

Thumbs down Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! can be skipped, without any regrets.... full review

Thumbs up by Rukmini Chopra, Bollywood Life ...Bollywood has aimed to shell out several murder mysteries in the past and failed miserably. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy however is a treat to watch, especially for all Sherlock Holmes fans. Trust me, you will forget about the ruling Khans once you see Sushant in his killer detective avatar! I urge you to go and watch this film right away.... full review

Thumbs up by Tanaya Ramyani, BookmyShow ...Who doesn’t love a classic whodunit-crime film? Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is not your regular Bollywood package. If you enjoy watching suspense, this film got it all! Plus, the end promises more. And, we really don’t mind. Bring it on Banerjee! ... full review

Thumbs down cinemaah ...Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari and Neeraj Kabi make the best of their underwritten parts; the two females, Swastika Mukherjee as the temptress and Divya Menon as Byomkesh’s love interest, are not given much to do. The cast is full of very peculiar faces—where, for instance, did they find the actor who plays the put upon servant in the lodge?... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...Watch the film for its crackling plot and brilliant treatment. ... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...But I’d give Dibakar Banerjee the benefit of the doubt and wager that he’s only just beginning. That it’ll get better. Because if Banerjee delight us with the story of a detective he obviously loves dearly, then we are condemned to live on reruns of Satyajit Ray’s Feluda films and the neurotic ticks of sundry Sherlock Holmes.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...A movie set authentically in old Calcutta with delicious dollops of murder and intrigue this one is a great watch... full review

Thumbs up by sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is equal parts mystery, equal parts thriller and equal parts slick as hell. Featuring some absolutely stunning camera work... full review

So-So by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ...ngaging for most part but weird. Very weird.... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Partly brilliant, partly scratch, Byomkesh Bakshy is good, but not great!... full review

So-So by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...Partly brilliant, partly scratch, Byomkesh Bakshy is good, but not great!... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Don't miss it for the world. Byomkesh Bakshy has everything going for it. Great script, superb ensemble and a director who isn't afraid to dream big! It is worth getting caught in this cryptic maze. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Watching Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is an exhilirating and engaging experience. With its enriched visuals and edgy music, this film really serves up great thrills. Yes, the ride is a bit bumpy and the average film aficionado might not take kindly to the sudden influx of violence, but those are variables in a larger game. This film is bubbling with nervous energy and it has all the trappings to entertain. Miss it at your own risk. Movies this well-made are hard to come by.... full review

Thumbs up by MIhir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is ultimately a wicked cocktail of clues, images, sounds, emotions and sensations. From start to end, you’ll be firmly affixed to the edge of your seat. Hopefully this is the start of a franchise and the dawn of a bold new era for Yash Raj Films.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Bannerjee’s direction takes you to a high-point only to let you down gently in the closing moments. The unnecessarily overly stylized extension of runtime towards the end makes it an anticlimax of sorts. But all things said, this one’s worth a dekho for sure!... full review

Thumbs up by Zehra Abbas, ...Overall, Dibakar Banerjee and team have created an innovative, entertaining and endearing detective drama, and one must doff their hat to them for having the guts to attempt a project that is so original in both its premise and its treatment. The movie ends with the villain, alive and kicking, screaming revenge against Bakshi, and you know that an arch nemesis has been born. However, his rant makes you happy because it can mean only one thing - a sequel.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, ...If only the audience were given a role to play a part in solving the crime, methinks this would have been mind-blowing. All the same, if you are looking for something different, DBB is something that you can venture out to see. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...In the end the film has a lot going for it, even if it isn't as fully satisfying as Banerjee's previous works. This is a sprawling, ambitious effort with remarkable attention to detail; a film that deserves to be watched, especially for its masterful filmmaking.... full review

Thumbs up by Arunava Chatterjee, india today ...The film has been edited by Manas Mittal and Namrata Rao. The duo have been successful in churning out a visually attractive montage of scenes surrounding the old city of Calcutta.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a delicious thriller filled with elements that make you rack your brains too. This mystery is the one even you would want to solve. Watch it for an amazing story and its even better execution. Crime mysteries just got better in Bollywood! I am going for 4/5 here!... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Don't miss it. Even if just to go back to the magical world of nostalgia created so beautifully and earnestly by Banerjee and cinematographer Nikos Andritsakis. - See more at: full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The film also plays with contrasts to great effect. The characters wear desi outfits of the period, but stylistically the film has the look and feel of a modern international thriller. The eclectic background score composed of contemporary songs and sounds that sound anachronistic but enhance the visuals. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The multiple Byomkesh adaptations Bengal keeps churning out might not make for great cinema, but, based as they mostly are rather slavishly on Saradindu’s work, enthrall new audiences regardless. ... full review

Thumbs up by srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...But the film stretches, scenes between Byomkesh and a slow-talking, slow-pouting, slow-smoking Angoori losing pace. Superfluous characters (a wailing wife et al) make some tension pop away like the bubbles on Angoori's bath foam. A chilling climax masterfully ties up the tale - but 30 minutes less would've given this a much firmer knot.... full review

So-So by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...The end of the film is left open ended in case the franchise takes off and if this happens, one sincerely hopes the subsequent films get better since this one is a bit of a disappointment.... full review

Thumbs up by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM ...The film has managed to bring back a popular Indian character to the limelight, and the movie does justice to the genre. Watch it for the packaging of the movie, music, lights, art direction and the story – they all fit together for an experience to remember.... full review