Byomkesh Hatyamancha – Bengali Movie Review
Byomkesh Hatyamancha: A Half-Done Justice to An Unfinished Tale
Movie Title: Byomkesh Hatyamancha
Cast: Abir Chatterjee, Sohini Sarkar, Kinjal Nanda, Paoli Dam, Suhotra Mukhopadhyay, Arna Mukhopadhyay.
Director: Arindam Sil
Rating : 3
The Byomkesh franchise has come up with yet another thriller but with a twist. Byomkesh Hatyamancha is inspired by the unfinished story of late novelist Saradindu Bandopadhyay. The prominent cast members are Abir Chatterjee, Sohini Sarkar, Kinjal Nanda, Paoli Dam, Suhotra Mukhopadhyay, and Arna Mukhopadhyay.
Arindam Sil, a well-known figure in Tollywood, is the director of this film. He attempted to complete a tale that the original author never concluded. Byomkesh Hatyamancha was released on 11 August 2022. The movie is now streaming on OTT platform Hoichoi.
Byomkesh Hatyamancha- Movie Plot
The story’s narrative begins with a scene located in old Calcutta, dated 1957. A person called Kalicharan finds his sister-in-law Malti in a compromising position with Bishwanath Pal (Kinjal Nanda). His extreme anger leads to his killing Malti and consequently being behind bars for fourteen years. However, he threatens to kill Bishwanath once he is free from imprisonment.
The narrative moves to 1971, when Calcutta was identified with Naxalite actions and theatre culture. Byomkesh Bakshi (Abir Chatterjee) and his expecting wife Satyabati (Sohini Sarkar) have recently shifted to Keyatala. One day the couple, with a friend and a neighbour, witness a play named Keechak Badh, an episode from Mahabharata. One of the stage actors is Bishwanath Pal, who dies suspiciously on the stage. The occupation of the “satyanveshi” begins from this point.
Byomkesh Hatyamancha – Director Opportunity
Byomkesh Hatyamancha was an open opportunity for director Arindam Sil and writer Padmanabha Dasgupta to end the script through their expertise. However, sadly, the team could not manage to do justice to the talented novelist’s work.
The film perfectly portrays the era, such as with posters of Dev Anand movies, vintage radio broadcasting Bangladeshi liberation, Naxalite actions, theatres, etc. Nonetheless, the screenwriter and director could have elaborated on all these attributes and did not wholly define the significance of these factors for the then Calcutta.
Byomkesh Hatyamancha – Role plays
Fantastic actors like Paoli Dam and Suhotra Mukhopadhyay did not have as much exposure in the script as they should have. It seemed that the director was overwhelmed by completing such an anticipated tale and ended up with a mediocre storyline.
Notwithstanding, the Cinematography by Anirban Chatterjee is up to the mark. Furthermore, all the actors have done a fantastic job, even with the clumsy script.
Byomkesh Hatyamancha – Final Verdict
Keeping in mind the actors’, especially Abir Chatterjee’s, efforts to help the story shine, India Café 24 gives Byomkesh Hatyamancha 3 stars.