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A decent attempt at an authentic setting and intense plot distracts this thriller from thrilling you.Read more
It's slick, it's suave even though it is set in an era gone by. It's a thriller that hooks with the trailer. A thriller that is creates an air of mystery around the film because of its many complexities. And I hope that it holds out.
The cast looks spot on. Especially, Sushant Singh Rajput seems just the right amount of quirky.Even though I might not like all of Dibakar Banerjee's films, but I always have wanted to give each one of them a chance. And the trailers of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy are certainly deserving of more than just a chance.
- meeta, a part of the audience
You wait for the plot to thicken or a twist that will be different from what you expect. But, it doesn't quite happen. So, you end up admiring the attempt at creating the era of the 40s. I also found myself marveling at the fact that the project didn't get YRiF-ied. But, the thriller by itself is hardly edge-of-seat material.
So, maybe, not all thrillers need to keep you tense through the run-time. But, you need something to look forward to, especially when you have guessed whodunnit in the character's first appearance on screen. I was hoping to clap with glee to find out I was wrong and at the same time could hear myself say, “No chance!” Unfortunately, the latter part of me won.
Fortunately, while I waited then for the inevitable reveal, there was quite a bit I could distract myself with. Maybe it is just our need for something different, but the old-world indeed has its own charm. The rusty, rugged “reality”. Sure, a lot of attention to detail. But every once in a while, you are jolted out of the era, whether it be a bold sexual attempt by a lady or music that is a tad too modern.
The performances though keep you steadfast, willing you to see the film through to the end. Neeraj Kabi holds your interest from the beginning. And so does Swastika Mukherjee, even if it is forceful titillatio, she's there to do a job and she does it well.
Sushant Singh Rajput, of course, fits the bill perfectly. As he gets excited by the mystery, disappointed when he doesn't “get it”, grossed out at different points in the film, you know his character, Byomkesh Bakshy just a bit more.
This is as important as the mystery itself – knowing the investigator, your protagonist. Especially, if the writers are aspiring to turn this into a series, which they clearly are. Byomkesh Bakshy, the character does create enough interest for you to want to watch his next adventure, even if the first one by itself wasn't enticing.
Dibaker Banerjee scored alright then, didn't he? You want to watch the next one, even though the first one leaves you underwhelmed.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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 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 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
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
Thumbs up, by Zehra Abbas, fullhyd.com : ...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
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: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/detective-byomkesh-bakshy---movie-review/16111153#sthash.GbYXX2xC.dpuf... 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
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
Thumbs up, by Aparna Mudi, Zee News : ...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
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...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
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
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
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...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
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
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 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
yooday: Reworked review of #DetectiveByomkeshBakshy, still not convinced. Loved the film, though. Plots are for pedants. http://fanapart.blogspot.in/2015/04/detective-byomkesh-bakshy-review.html
winnypatro: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a good watch if you are interested in history, world wars etc.. #ColonialTimes
whyrus_: Byomkesh Bakshy is super stylish and sleek film with amazing performance by the antagonist and equally terrible job by Angoori Devi.
VivekComet: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is probably one of the best movies ever to come out of Bollywood. Made my weekend surely.
visshy_it: Oh man, this Detective Byomkesh Bakshy was SO much fun. Must see if I can write a blog post from a crazy fan perspective.
Vinodh_V: Totally loved Byomkesh Bakshy. Proper crime drama in a beautifully built setting. Hoping to see more of this...Great ending!
Vibhootiwari: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015) This was one of my most awaited movies this year and I was not disappointed.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1396724200467519
VGLICIOUS_: Stop whatever you're doing and go watch Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. It's fucking brilliant. The devil is in the details.
vc_vidhi: Saw Byomkesh Bakshi ..The movie was jst phenomenal!! Deserves a Oscar!! Congrats @itsSSR for enacting byomkesh bakshi so well!! :D
vajir: Some performances are beyond 'praise' and I'm taking about @itsSSR Apna Byomkesh Bakshy :) Prou of you Bhai
TheVijard: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is hands down, one of the most intelligent Hindi films in recent years. Superb stuff!
thebhokalibong: Dibakar Banerjee gave us a superb detective thriller, a great Byomkesh Bakshy and a revelation of a villain. Wah! So good! 9/10
theawesomesingh: Super like byomkesh bakshy! Great film you concentration of a surgeon
tejaskolhe: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is absolutely stunning. Must watch.
Sweet4rush: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi..so damn amazingg
swapnapillai: Liked Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. A bit slow, but fine filmmaking, detailing. Loved Neeraj Kabi! Marvellous actor!
Sushh: Liked Byomkesh Bakshi....good watch!
sreekanthp: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is a lovely movie about a mediocre detective.
somaniash: Byomkesh Bakshi - easily the best detective Indian movie in ages!! Great direction - loved Kolkata of the old!! Must watch!!
SHJBHTHL: byomkesh bakshy the first brilliant indian movie of 2015, dibakar banerjee officially joins the ranks of anurag kashyap & vishal bhardwaj
shetesandesh: ब्योमकेश बक्षी या चित्रपटाची चित्रिकरणाची बाजू अतिशय उत्तम 1942 चा कलकत्ता खुप सुंदर दाखवल आहे संगीत पण एकदम उत्तम आहे #byomkesh bakshi
sharmabhupende1: Must watch detective byomkesh bakshi....
ShadowsGalore: Byomkesh Bakshi was amazing ! And Calcutta ... sigh ... my eternal love ...
senaditi: Byomkesh Bakshy has been watched. It's simply brilliant. Absolutely loved it.
seemantinibose: Byomkesh Bakshi- loved loved loved it! Brilliant background score, casting, acting, comic timing - superb!
saurabhdas1609: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is the coming of age noir movie in Bollywood. Amazing plot brilliant acting direction... https://www.facebook.com/saurabhdas1609/posts/625318767613146
satyaki1567: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi ... Above expectations and really good!! Must watch #ByomkeshBakshy
sanjeevpareek21: Byomkesh Bakshy. आज देखी। मुझे तो अच्छी लगी। पुराना कलकत्ता बहुत ही अच्छा । nostalgic. मुझे काफी बरस हो गए देखे। अब कैसा दिखता होगा?
sandeep_bbm: #Detective #Byomkesh #Bakshi think twice if you are a purist. Highly recommended if you are not.
Rushes: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy keeps you at the edge of your seat all through out. Go watch it #movies #Bollywood
rudyindrali: Byomkesh Bakshi. I like. #fb
roy_debsie: Byomkesh Bakshi is a nice movie. One time watch!
RKBB10: Byomkesh bakshi is fabulously made! Simply awesome! Dibaker banerji rocks
RKalltheway: So I watched Byomkesh Bakshy. It was something of freak show towards the end. I like freak shows.
Rima_B: Watched NH10 and Byomkesh Bakshy in past two weeks. Great movies. New directors and story writers are changing Bollywood.
richakiduniya: Nice movie 'Detective Vyomkesh Bakshy'.Good job Dibaker Banerji & Yes Sushant Singh Rajput acted maturely. 3 cheers for the team.
raul_07: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, a well made crime thriller with subtle humour!
pediatriks: Watched Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. Very well shot and story is nicely layered, but falls short of 'mind blowing'.
patkini: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy was a pretty decent movie... Pretty thrilling n fast faced... Gets very violent at the end though..
parasrishi: Really enjoyed Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. Bollywood should make more such movies, loved the British-era Calcutta feel! :D
PankilAgrawal: #Byomkesh Bakshi a such a good movie . Very well written.
Pallavisms: LOVED Byomkesh Bakshy! The plot, the characters, the suspense, the unravelling - everything. Take a bow Dibakar Banerjee - you rock!!!
OB_noxious: Highly recommend Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. Brilliant watch. Edge of the seat stuff. Lots of twists.
Mekhla_Mitra: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is mind blowing
mausami_24: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi 6 out of 5 stars @itsSSR is phenomenal
ManishPajan: Absolutely the slickest, most cerebral detective film to have come out of India... Dibakar sets the bar higher... Byomkesh Bakshy rocks!
manasi_meghnani: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, again. Cause ek baar mein pett nahi bhara. Lulz
mainbhiengineer: Byomkesh Bakshi is a brilliant movie, it's not easy to convince audience that look of Calcutta in 1940s was exactly same as Kolkata of 2015
lovesblueink: Byomkesh Bakshy! Boss, whattey film. Thank you Dibakar Banerjee.
KKushh7: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is your best performance @itsSSR. An incredible movie. Glad to see Indian Cinema breaking new bounds. #MustWatch
Kazarelth: Hey Detective Byomkesh Bakshy wasn't too bad.
karthik132: Its just the beginning of April and already a glut of good Hindi movies. Badlapur, Dum lagake haisha and now Detective Byomkesh Bakshi.
kadam_pp: Byomkesh bakshi is total cinematic experience.. Don't miss it..Sushant singh will surprise you..dibakar banerjee at his best...
joychwdhry: A completely different take on Byomkesh Bakshi! Well done!#DetectiveByomkeshBakshy
joshiadi227: Detective byomkesh bakshi is so water tight that I almost forgot to eat my popcorn through the film.. Take a bow dibakar banerjee
JohnDsouza: #Watched Detective Byomkesh Bakshy...Good Mystery!
JerozNishanth: 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' review: A film that deserves to be watched
iPratik_HRD: Watched Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Yesterday.Film was Good.Was Intriguing, Thriller.Very well Shot and Loved the way they recreated Calcutta.
iamtarunmahajan: Amazing is d word for byomkesh bakshi
iamshaarif: Watched Byomkesh Bakshi,very well directed movie & director and team have recreated Kolkata of 1940s Minute attention to detail.
Hannu_Man: Detective byomkesh bakshy- a few things here and there, but above average movie overall. Good plot and direction. Expect a sequel.
GoonerReserve: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a must watch for Sherlock Holmes lovers.
GaneshJagtap3: Raftar ka junoon chodho, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy dekho, its an exceptional movie, I repeat exceptional
gaanemann: Bakshi babu, you rocked. Loved byomkesh bakshi..
EkChutkiNamak: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi- what a gripping tale! Thank you @BeardWeird
drnngujarathi: Must watch movie Byomkesh Bakshy.. Keeps u guessing till the end. #dibakarbanerjee #SushantSinghRajput #ByomkeshBakshy
CALL_ME_ANNYA: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is really a good film and all are good, but what is exactly? I don't know..
Bhayankur: Dibakar Bannerjee is just fantastic. Way ahead of the rest. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is superb. Brilliantly crafted. Don't miss.
Bhaskar8883: Watched Detective Byomkesh Bakshi! A very well made intriguing film with good Art direction! 3.5/5
bankerrahul: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is worth a watch this weekend. 4/5. #review
arpitpathak: Laughing while reading the so called 'expert's reviews' of Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. 'Lacks thrill-falls short..." go2hell morons! 4.5/5
ArjunChopra_8: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy would have been a great film if I hadn't been so spoilt by Sherlock..#WeekendWatch
arjunattam: Loved Dibakar's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy—for the noir, Calcutta and the music.
amritaIQ: Halfway through Detective Byomkesh Bakshy and I firmly love it. Cc @bethlovesbolly
amey_4: Byomkesh Bakshi....a must watch film...
aarshvora: Damn, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy bleeds cool! Such a passionately crafted, delightful experience!
sagarcasm: Byomkesh Bakshi the movie, is okayish. But @byomkesbakshi the tweep, is awesome. A must follow. #FF
manju34: Watched Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. Decent movie. My rating 3/5
abhinabab: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is a good thriller but an average Byomkesh movie.
1yrold: detective byomkesh bakshi had few good scenes... but somewhere it lost me. still watch it once..for the (retained) truth.
ThisIsSkand: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi was extremely disappointing. The camera and art was great, but poor story and musical score.
talli_redux: I found Byomkesh Bakshy pretty meh.
swarupdas: The Byomkesh Bakshi movie is a complete let down.
sonupii: Byomkesh Bakshy is bloody boring
ram_k27: Utterly clueless after first half of Byomkesh Bakshy. Film seems to be too pretentiously intellectual at times.
prashantdash100: Saw the movie "Detective Byomkesh Bakshi". It shouldn't have been made into a movie. Rather, it should've been restricted to the books.
neeharv: Byomkesh Bakshi was so disappointing. Had so much promise and is gripping right till the end, where it all falls apart.
MirnaliniV: What a boring movie this byomkesh bakshi was! I slept off in between
iMayavi: Slept through the movie 'vyomkesh bakshi'. Never go to a ac movie hall when you are dead tired.
HitheshDS: Not impressed with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. The only character that has any development in this origins story is Byomkesh.
fakepunju: Byomkesh bakshy movie was quite a waste of time.
bavlichhori: Byomkesh Bakshi Blah!!
anandxyz876: Vyomkesh bakshi is a useless movie..its a total money n time waste
Want to Watch, by kapil : Trailer is interesting.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : Better for those who dont know the character well
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Murtaza Ali : A dark, sprawling period piece oozing with suspense and film noir elements
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Somak Basu : An edge-of-the-seat Journey of a Terrifying Brain Battle With Haunting Consequences
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Swati Bassi
So-So, by TimELiebe : Liked but Didn't Love This Historical Detective Drama Set in WWII-Era India
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