Dibakar Banerjee at Kolkata Literary Meet
The trailer of his film “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!” is receiving both positive responses from one segment of the audience while the other is busy complaining about the presentation of the detective Byomkesh Bakshi. The director Dibakar Banerjee engaged in a conversation about his film, his ideas about filming the detective and his expectations from the film at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet with journalist- film maker Pratim D Gupta.
Describing himself as a probashi Bengali (Non-residential Bengali), Director Dibakar Banerjee traced his literary influences which had actually backed up his desire of making the film on the Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi. “I read books voraciously and I still continue with this habit. I used to get a copy of Feluda every Puja but when asked for a copy of Byomkesh, I was told that I can read that when I was a little older. I immediately connected the book with that of puberty. And when you ask a lad of eleven years not to do something, that is the first thing that the guy will be actually doing” said Dibakar Banerjee.
The director who had actually made up his mind on becoming a film maker at the tender age of fourteen also mentioned that he had actually planned to make a film on the sleuth then. “Sharadindu’s characters are so much alive- you can actually believe them to be flesh and blood humans. Also there is a cinematic aspect to his writings which also appealed to my sensibilities” added the director.
The inspirations for the look and the feel of the film and also the posters came from the pages of the books like Dakat Kalir Jongole, Chhaya Kalo Kalo and many more. Pratul Chandra, Narayan Debnath, Mayukh Chowdhury have actually helped the director in the visualizing of the posters for his version of the detective.
The director is keeping his fingers crossed with this film. Dibakar Banerjee is ready to take both praise and criticisms from the audience when the film hits theatres in April.