Byomkesh review: A beautifully crafted series that stays true to the source material

All five seasons of Byomkesh are streaming on Hoichoi. Don’t let the language barrier stop you as subtitles are available. If I had to point out one flaw, it is that the seasons are woefully short. I grew up reading the stories of Byomkesh Bakshi and Feluda, so they are like a piece of my childhood I still hold onto. So, the charming detective’s shoes are not easy to fill. From Uttam Kumar to Abir Chatterjee to Jisshu Sengupta, so many big stars have essayed the role. The latest and fifth season of the series was released on January 10 this year. If you remember all your Byomkesh Bakshi stories, you might find it a tad predictable, but otherwise, it is quite engaging. Bollywood actors Rajit Kapoor and more recently, Sushanth Singh Rajput have essayed the suave, cigarette-smoking sleuth on the small and big screen, respectively. Byomkesh Bakshi, the fictional Indian detective or “truth-seeker” as he calls himself, was created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, and has charmed readers since 1931. I kept wondering if there was anything new left to explore. The visual experience of this show takes me back to all the stories about a Kolkata I have only heard about but never seen. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App



Hoichoi In Bengali films, many legendary actors like Abir Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta and even superstar Uttam Kumar have brought Byomkesh to life. In fact, in an interview with Film Companion, Anirban said, “When I was approached for the role, I was nervous. That’s why, when I came to know that there is a new adaptation of Byomkesh on the Bengali streaming platform Hoichoi, I wasted no time and got straight to binge-watching it. One of the things I enjoyed most in this series is the charm of 1930s Kolkata, which has been recreated so beautifully. The series which stars Anirban Bhattacharya in the titular role is a well-made one. I found the accompanying characters, especially Byomkesh’s friend and right-hand man Ajit Bandyopadhyay (played by Subrata Dutta) very endearing and charming. It doesn’t attempt to retell the stories and is very faithful to the books. Over the last couple of years, the popularity of Byomkesh has increased and reached a pan-India level. Written by Antara Chakraborthy
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Published: January 28, 2020 7:34:51 am

Byomkesh is streaming on Hoichoi. But that in itself is a challenge.”
If you love old-school detective stories, then Byomkesh is the show to watch. Anirban Bhattacharya holds fort and the performance is commendable, despite all the pressure.