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Bollywood Hindi Film Dil Dhadakne Do Review; What Exactly was the Point?

New Bollywood Film Dil Dhadakne Do Kolkata Promotions

What is the secret of making a successful film? A multi-star cast or a good story or great songs or picturesque locations? Well the answer to this question will be different for different individuals. Let’s see how the third directorial venture of Zoya Akhtar Dil Dhadakne Do having almost all the above essentials fared.

The story is essentially about the Mehras (based in Delhi), a rich high class business family consisting of Kamal Mehra, his wife, their son and daughter. The son Kabir, aged twenty five wants to pursue a career in aviation as opposed to his family’s wish of taking over the business (despite having no interest in it). The daughter Ayesha is married and runs her own business successfully and even featured in a reputed magazine’s list of successful entrepreneurs. Even then she is not asked to take over the family business, because she is a girl and married. Kamal and his wife have no love in their marriage and they just tolerate each other. The members of the Mehra family have a transforming experience when they set out on a cruise trip to celebrate the anniversary of Kamal and his wife.

Zoya Akhtar is one of those few directors who have set very high standards with their works. Her last film, the super successful Zindegi Milegi Na Dobara has been watched and re-watched several times. But can we do the same for Dil Dhadakne Do? Well, not really!! Like Zindegi Na Milegi Dobara, this film is also about a trip which changes lives and people’s perspectives. But the earlier film had its heart at the right place. This film has too many characters for comfort. I understand it is an anniversary party trip with many friends and relatives, but still there are many unwanted characters who the director could have avoided. It looks like a page from one of the novels of Jane Austen!! The last scene where the whole family becomes adamant to save Kabir looks like a scene from the Sajid Khan movies. That is not what we expect from Zoya!!

The length of the film is another pain in all the wrong places. At 170 minutes, the film is way too long. Had the film been half as entertaining as Zindegi Na Milegi Dobara, it would be easy to sit through the film. The editor did not do the job assigned to him properly. He should have chopped away scenes liberally and made the film half an hour short, at the least!!

Many may oppose my comparing DDD with Zindegi but the comparison becomes obvious because Zoya herself had set a high bench mark with the previous Hindi film ZNMD!! Hence comparisons are bound to happen. The film showcases the journey wonderfully and places like Spain and other international locales are also beautifully highlighted. However, the much hyped cruise had some shots of the cruise ship and fleeting glimpses of places like Istanbul or a Hamam Bar. The director could have shown the cast exploring different places and that would have taken the film to another level. Most of the scenes happen within the ship. The cruise does not get highlighted much. Then why all the promotional hype about the ship?? And about Pluto Mehra, the dog of the Mehras!! He is just another pet who is the narrator of the film. But he has pretty less to do, apart from imparting knowledge on relationships and human values. How I wish the director would have done something interesting with Pluto.

Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is a big letdown. The songs are too loud and I doubt whether it will remain with you after you leave the hall.

Acting by the huge cast consists of some good performances and some mediocre performances. Anushka’s Farah needed fine tuning. The song Girls like to Swing looked like as if Anushka stepped in the set after completing Bombay Velvet. Priyanka Chopra is OK as Ayesha but one expects more from such a powerful actress. The director just makes her cry. I mean a lady who can run a business which gets featured in Forbes will at least be able to speak her mind once in a while. But she cannot do that when confronted by her family and her in-laws about her divorce. That is very strange!! Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah as Mr and Mrs Mehra are good as the money minded individuals who show off and also can marry their son to a rich tycoon’s daughter to save the business. Ranveer Singh shines brightly amongst the lot. The actor brings in the much needed humor in the film and is a bundle of energy. His confrontation scene with his parents deserves praise.

Dil Dhadakne Do is like a cup of cappuccino!! The director just places the characters at the froth level and never delves deep inside. Hence the film lacks the vibrancy and lively spirit of Zindegi!! While watching the film, the only thing that kept crossing my mind was Anupam Roy’s song Gobheer e Jaao!! Had high hopes from this New Bollywood Hindi Film but Alas!!

Shooana Bangaliana Rating-2/5

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New Hindi Film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Review; Writer Sanjib Banerji on Director Dibakar Banerjee’s Way of Presenting the Bong Sleuth


Mr. Sanjib Banerji, a writer and an aspiring director is very well known to the Sholoana Bangaliana readers as the straightforward critic who would spare none and here we have him back with his opinion on Dibakar Banerjee’s highly talked about Detective Byomkesh Bakshy but not as a Film Critic but a well-read writer.

Sholoana Bangaliana: Dibakar Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is now running in theaters and you surely have watched it…With what expectations did u go to watch the film.

Sanjib Banerji: I am a big fan of Dibakar Banerjee, the storyteller. I have been following his works since Khosla Ka Ghosla. His take on Satyajit Ray’s short story ‘Patalbabu Filmstar’ in Bombay Talkies was a lifetime experience (especially the climax part). To me ‘Sanghai’ is one of sleekest thrillers, crafted by a Bollywood filmmaker. Sanghai really did give birth to Emran Hasmi, the serious actor. So, I really had high expectations regarding ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’… more so because I am an obsessive fan of Byomkesh Bakshi, created by Saradindu Bandopadhyay.

This question is directed to the writer that you are and not the critic…So what do u have to say about the film?

Hmmmm…. Interesting question! I have said earlier too that I am a big fan of Byomkesh Bakshi, the Satwayenshi but Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Byomkesh Bakshy never seemed to me the Satwanyeshi (truth seeker), that I had etched in my mind since class 7. Dibakar’s take on the character is totally different from the Bong perception. My friends, who have read the thriller novels, written by Swapankumar will agree with me. Three of Swapankumar’s stories were loosely adopted by Dibakar and were blended into the plot. Especially the antagonist of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, seemed a mixture of ‘Dragon’ and ‘Baajpakhi’ to me. These were the characters created by late Dr. Samarendra Nath Pandey alias Swapankumar. In fact the protagonist looked like an adaptation of Detective Dipak Chatterjee to me, once again the fictional sleuth hero, created by Swapankumar. Ref : Drug chokre Dragon  & Antorjatik Shorojontre Baajpakhi. As a writer, I felt Dibakar should have given due credits to Swapankumar for providing such cinematic / international ingredients to his film but he preferred to label his film as Detective Byomkesh Bakshy instead, simply because the brand Byomkesh Bakshi sells more than Detective Dipak Chatterjee.

Now if you have to analyze the film as a film maker, would your observations and impressions change?

As an aspiring film maker, I must admit that Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is a lifetime experience technically. Almost all the technical / creative departments have performed their respective duties to the peak of excellence. I would like to mention about the Art department, it has performed to its optimum level. It must have been very tough to recreate 1943 Kolkata but the Art department has passed this acid test with utmost élan. The makeup and costume departments were also fabulous. Camera work was sleek and Hollywoodish. Salute to Dibakar Banerjee for leading the team so effectively by all means.

This new trend of having Bengal, precisely Kolkata is really catching up with Bollywood film makers and right after a yester years Kolkata Darshan in Byomkesh Bakshy we will get to see another aspect of Kolkata in Shoojit Sircar’s upcoming Hindi Film Piku. What do you have to say about this new trend?

Yeah, this is the new trend in Bollywood. I guess there are a lot of Probashi Bangalees living in Mumbai and the other metro cities as well. This section of audiences is very keen to watch their City of Joy on the big screen on a broader canvas. Hence, such a business strategy has evolved to satisfy their demands. Bong filmmakers like Sujoy Ghosh, Shoojit Sircar, Anurag Basu and definitely Dibakar Banerjee are instrumental in capturing their native city cinematically & projecting Bengal/Kolkata in their Bollywood ventures. As a Bengali and Kolkattan, I really do take pride in this. I hope, such projects get crafted more regularly.

Along with Kolkata as the backdrop, Byomkesh Bakshy also has Kolkata’s sweetheart Swastika Mukherjee essaying an important role. What do you have to say about Swastika’s versatility and suitability in the role?

Swastika Mukherjee is Tollywood’s pride indeed. Truly she is one of the most gifted actors nationally. I am a big fan of her acting skills and have absolutely loved her works in movies like Jatishwar, Bhooter Bhobisyot, Aami ar aamar girlfriends, Maach Mishti & More etc. Watching her enacting the character of Anguri in D.B.B was a sheer delight. She looked stunning as she has toned up amazingly, must have lost at the least 10 kgs of weight. Her eyes spoke a lot in the scenes where her dialogues were minimalistic. Thanks to Dibakar for choosing Swastika and I am sure she has satisfied the director with her performance in DBB.

Does Sushant Singh Rajput look like the essential Bong sleuth, if yes why, if not why?

Unfortunately Sushant did not look Bengali at all. Dibakar’s portrayal of Byomkesh Bakshy (not Bakshi) is a lot different from that of Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s fictional sleuth. May be that’s why Dibakar named him as Detective Byomkesh Bakshy and not Satwanyeshi Byomkesh Bakshi. I think this transformation was intentional as Dibakar intended to create a national franchise out of a regional literal character. Personally speaking I cannot imagine Byomkesh Bakshi with a moustache and the type of haircut, which was tried on Sushant Singh Rajput. To me Mahanayak Uttam Kumar was also a misfit casting in Satyajit Ray’s ‘Chiriakhana’ and so was Sujoy Ghosh in Rituporno Ghosh’s ‘Chorabali’ / Satyanweshi’. Only Anjan Dutt could create a believable Byomkesh by grooming up Abir Chatterjee, who was a new face then. For me Abir Chatterjee is the most believable Byomkesh Bakshi in the recent past years and very close will be Gaurab Chakraborty, the current Byomkesh in Colours Bangla. But the very best will always be Rajit Kapoor (he was seen as Byomkesh Bakshi in Director Basu Chatterjee’s tele series for DD National, way back in the 90’s) .

Byomkesh has always been known to present himself as Satyanweshi and not a mere detective, so what has Dibakar’s Byomkesh been presented as, a Satyanweshi or a mere detective?

Dibakar Banerjee’s protagonist was a proper blend of Swapankumar’s Detective Dipak Chatterjee and Ian Fleming’s James Bond. He is young, energetic, arrogant, shrewd, flirtatious and adventurous by nature. He seemed more of a secret agent than a Satwanyeshi. But that’s a personal opinion; if the national audience accepts such a version of Byomkesh Bakshi then I really don’t mind. The name Byomkesh Bakshi is a brand in itself, no matter what’s in store. Dhritiman Chatterji has played the senior version of Byomkesh Bakshi in Director Saibal Mitra’s ‘Sajarur Kanta’, just see the commercial outcome of the project! It has completed its 4th week at the theatres & multiplexes and is still going great guns. It also gave MacNeill Media & Mr. Pradip Churiwal their first hit. Truly speaking, BRAND BYOMKESH BAKSHI works like a magic. Bengali audiences just love this fictional man as he represents a typical Bengali middle class family man with a wife, a kid and a loyal friend.

Do you think, Dibakar Banerjee’s Byomkesh has elevated the sleuth into a household name and taken him from Bengal to a global platform with due tweaks and twists?

I am still awaiting this answer. Let’s hope for the best though.

You were all praises for Anjan Dutt’s Byomesh Phire Elo when it released a short while ago, Dutt’s Byomkesh has changed and now it’s Jisshu playing the sleuth, what are your expectations and predictions from and for the film?

Abir opted for Feluda after working in three consecutive Byomkesh movies and you just cannot play Byomkesh and Feluda at the same time. If you remember Sabyasachi Chakraborty had to sacrifice the character of Kakababu for being Felu da. And Soumitra Chatterjee wasn’t considered for Byomkesh by Satyajit Ray as he already had decided to cast him as Feluda by then. I guess the character of Felu da demands much sacrifices from the actors. hahahahahaha !!! Coming back to your question, now that Jisshu Sengupta is playing the iconic character Byomkesh Bakshi, I am sure an able actor like him will pull it off very well, especially under the supreme guidance of a great director like Anjan Dutt. All the very best to Kaustav Roy, Jisshu Sengupta and Anjan Dutt!

Mr. Banerji’s Debut Feature Film Sesh Anko produced under the banners of Mr. Pradip Churiwal’s Mac Neill Media is ready for release on July 3 and we wish him and Director Tathagata Banerjee the very best and hope that the writer and the director, both get the best of compliments from the audience.

The information and views set out in this movie review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Publication/Organization. Neither the Publication/Organization nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.