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Byomkesh Phire Elo (2014) Movie Review; Anjan Dutt Makes Way for a Grand Return of the Suave Sleuth

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Apart from the very known facts that Bengalis are fond of sweets, have a fetish for celebrating the Durga Puja in any part of the world are globe trotters and can kill for football, their love affair with the two Bengali sleuths Feluda and Byomkesh also prominently stand out as distinguishing traits of the cult. The adventures of these two sleuths continue to be read and re-read by generations of Bengalis. Their various adventures have become the content for many a film and serials too. So when two reputed and eminent directors of Bengal take up the task of making films on both these sleuths, and releasing them on the very same day, the audience is sure to be spoilt for choices. While Sandip Ray’s Badshahi Angti on Feluda’s adventures has been received well, here’s what we felt about Anjan Dutt’s Byomkesh Phire Elo.

Byomkesh Phire Elo is based on Benisonghar by Saradindu Bandopadhyay. The film begins with Benimadhob narrating how his life is in danger as one of his family members is likely to murder him due to his wealth. He decides to change his will. Meanwhile he also employs Byomkesh Bakshi to solve this issue and find the culprit. However things take a wild turn when he is murdered even before the will is changed. Many people will benefit from his death. Benimadhob’s son Ajay or Benimadhob’s daughter Gayatri or her husband Gangadhor or Labony all have reason to kill the man. With so many suspects, how does Byomkesh unveil the murderer is what the film is all about.

For those who have read the original story, they will be well aware that making a film on this story is not an easy task. The story does not have the requisite cinematic elements which a director requires to make a film. Director Anjan Dutt takes up the challenge and succeeds fantastically in this mission. He makes the story cinematic and ensures that the attention of the audience does not stray for even a nanosecond. Yes!! The film is that gripping and when compared with the other films made by Dutt, this is sure to remain etched in the memory of all his fans for years to come.

With all that racy edgy plot, the quarrels between Byomkesh and Satyabati could have been well avoided. Moreover giving a soft side to the murderer, I feel was also not required. I mean, a criminal could be left as the person is. That would have added more flavor to this film.

Arghyakamal Mitra must be credited for helping Anjan Dutt in keeping the audience engaged in the film. He creates the right sequences and the right motifs which actually heighten the mystery effect in the film.

Music is very essential for films of this genre and the music by Neel Dutt is average. I expected a much gripping music for a detective movie of this stature.

Acting is one of the prime assets of this film. We see Saswata Chatterjee as Ajit in some scenes. But he does justify his presence with his great acting capabilities and proves why Ajit is so very essential to Byomkesh. Ushashie as Satyabati is too loud in some of the scenes. She could have been a bit toned in some scenes as that would have suited the film’s flow well. Kaushik Sen, Rahul, Locket Chatterjee, Biswajit Chakraborty all do justice to their roles that they have been entrusted with.

Abir Chatterjee who had another release as Feluda in Badshahi Angti which released the same day as this film was “quite tensed about how the audience will react” ( as stated by the actor in a recent interview with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent). However the actor deserves a thunderous applause for maintaining a clear line between portraying the two famous Bengali sleuths and if the rumors are to be trusted then I must say that Bengali Film lovers will lose out on a lot if Abir does not play Byomkesh in the upcoming films of the franchise. As the dhoti clad family man who quarrels with his wife and also as the intelligent detective, Abir is just perfect as Byomkesh. Those thick framed spectacles, the grace with which he carries himself in a dhoti all make him look authentic and oh so magnetic as the sleuth!

With Detective Byomkesh Bakshy by Dibakar Banerjee slated for release in 2015, we will all have to wait to see how Mr. Banerjee’s Byomkesh fares and whether it can garner better response from the audience than the Bengali counterparts.

Sholoana Bangaliana Rating- 3.5/5

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From being a Fan of Feluda to portraying Feluda himself, Actor Abir Chaterjee shares his Badshahi Angti Shooting Memories with the Press


Video: Bengali Film Badshahi Angti Stars Meet the Press

The location is Oudh 1590 and enters Feluda with Topse. No, this is not a setting for a new mystery story revolving the legendary Bengali sleuth. This is the press conference of upcoming Bengali Film Badshahi Angti produced by Shree Venkatesh Films where actors Abir Chatterjee and Sourav Das were present along with director Sandip Ray, Bharat Kaul and Dwijen Bandopadhyay.

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“This is a perfect setting for the press conference of the upcoming Feluda film. A Feluda film is always special for the Bengali audience and more so when a new Feluda will be presented for the audience” said director Sandip Ray.

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Abir Chatterjee who plays the lead character of Feluda in the upcoming Bengali film was all smiles at the press conference. The actor looked visibly excited to be a part of this film. Speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent, the actor said “I know both my films (Badshahi Angti and Byomkesh Phire Elo) are releasing on the same day. I am a bit nervous and also have high expectations from the films. But this is a great treat for the Bengali film lovers. I mean a person who loves either Feluda or Byomkesh or both will be in for a real treat during the Christmas Holidays. Ideally this is the time when most of the other films on the sleuth Feluda had been released”. The actor who is a huge fan of the Bengali sleuth said “I have read all the stories of Feluda during my childhood. This helped me to get prepared for the role of Feluda. Moreover Babu da (Sandip Ray) had also instructed me that my portrayal of the sleuth must be different. There must not be any trace of the acting style of the actors who had enacted the role before me. I have interpreted the character according to my perception. This is like a tribute to Satyajit Ray”.

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Abir Chatterjee who is being introduced as the new Feluda also added that the story which has been selected for the film is one of those where Jatayu is not present and Feluda has not established himself. He is just starting out as a sleuth. “This is quite similar to my state. I am also starting as Feluda and this is one of the initial stories written by Satyajit Ray. Hence this is also exciting for me as an actor. Mentally I was prepared always. But physically I had to prepare myself as this story tells the tale of a younger Feluda who was fit and agile. Hence the challenge was more to keep physically fit”.

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Having shot for the film in both the older and the newer parts of the city of Lucknow, Abir Chatterjee was in awe of the architecture of the city. “Many of the buildings which had been mentioned in the story by Mr. Ray are still intact. This was a great experience. Shooting for the film in the older parts of Lucknow was great. When we moved to Haridwar, the landscape changed. This will be a unique experience for the audience who will get to see variety of landscape in one film”. Abir who had worked with Sandip Ray before also mentioned that it was a great pleasure working with the director.

Sourav Das who is the new Topse claimed to be a blind fan of Feluda and Satyajit Ray. “This is like a tribute to Satyajit Ray. We all have worked hard on making this film. This is an honest and sincere effort on our part” said the young actor.

Badshahi Angti releases on the same day as Byomkesh Phire Elo; 19th of December. The two films on two legendary sleuths will surely leave the Bengali audience spoilt for choices. We will have to wait and watch to understand whether Abir as Feluda or Abir as Byomkesh gets more acceptance among the audience.

Priyanka Dutta

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Popular Review of Badshahi Angti Theatrical Trailer; A Mixed Bag of Emotions Presented


Badshahi Angti | Theatrical Trailer | Abir Chatterjee | Sandip Ray | 2014 (You Tube)

In an effort to bring public opinion to the attention of film makers Sholoana Bangaliana endeavors to present candid public reviews on trailers, music as well as films from Tollywood as well as Bollywood, collected from Social Media interactions as well as one to one interviews with the masses.

With the trailer of the new Feluda film Badshahi Angti having released, here is a review of the same:

Abir as feluda….I think is apt….sandip Ray r direction oboshyo Amar Ekdomi bhalolagena….Aar music Tao nijer dhache korte giye kechle diyeche….satyajit Ray er original version ta rakhle onek better chilo….but the trailer is good…and far better than the other instalments of his…particularly since abir suits the role…..
Avinandan Chowdhury
Marine Engineer
Han trailer dekhechhi
Amar khub ekta vaalo laageni
Feluda r look n feel ta thik jomeni
Voice e problem
Attitude e o
Papia Ghosh
Graphic designer
Looks good
Music is better than previous Sandip Ray films
Computer graphics still sucks
Abir probably will win hearts but he has a concerned look in the trailer not in line with felu’s focused and planned nature
Scenes with side casts are better
Topshe r bachha bachha Bhaab ta kemon jeno but does not hamper the intent
So overall I would rate the trailer about 7/10
And would watch the film
After all its a satyajit story
~Rohit Ray
Software engineer
Abir doesn’t fit the bill, at least not with the height
Good suspense in the trailer but “unexpected plot with unexpected twist” aeta na bollei hoto
No action scene just a run I guess. Ektu action ba stunt dekhate parto
Great background score
~Vicky Karmakar
Software engineer
Like many others, I had waited for Badsahi Angti’s trailer, and boy, was I disappointed! Abir has a mild similarity to the face printed on the cover of the book: Badsahi Angti. But, sadly, the similarities end there- at least that’s how I felt.
Abir- otherwise a very good actor- didn’t appear to be like my beloved Feluda. He has neither the voice, nor the personality of Feluda. He has great qualities that make him the best Bomkesh ever. That tells all about him as Feluda, who is a completely different person from Mr. Bakshi. One can argue that Abir is an actor and it’s his job to play different characters convincingly- which, btw, he does well, but Feluda has a dry, rough charm which was missing in the trailer. Abir is simply softer than how Feluda is.
Considering, I never liked the junior Ray’s treatment with the sleuth, I find the trailer not as much gripping as it could have been. Again, it’s all what I felt, and I am not an expert, but the trailer didn’t ignite any interest in me.
Arka Datta
Writer, graphic artist

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