While Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s stories were famous in Bengal (as the original stories are written in Bengali) a lot, they were comparatively less known among those who don’t know Bengali. Basu Chatterji thought of making a Hindi TV Serial which explore Byomkesh Bakshi stories, and that is how the idea of Byomkesh Bakshi – Hindi TV Serial is conceived.
The TV Serial met with immense popularity due to various reasons and overnight Rajit Kapoor and K K Raina became the faces of Byomkesh and his aide Ajit Banerjee respectively.
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Anjaan Khooni|
|Associate Directors||:||Ravindra Singh, Kumarar Pravin|
|Asst. Music Director||:||Nanda Kumar Das|
|Sound||:||P. K. Chhabra, Pramod Purandare,|
|Make Up||:||Mahendra Chonkar|
|Wardrobe||:||Pyare Lal, Salim Jan (Assoicate), Madhav Men’s Modes (Dress Designer)|
|Art Director||:||Jadab Bhattacharya, Shankar Zade (Associate)|
|Editor||:||Birpal Singh, Godfrey Gonsalves|
|Photography||:||Ajay Prabhakar, H. N. Singh||Stills||:||Kamat Photo Flash|
|Make Up||:||Jagat kumar, Prakash Kotian|
|Screenplay||:||Saharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Basu Chatterji, Mriganka Shekhar Rai|
|Junior artists||:||Chandu & Co.|
Basu Chatterji Production for
|Starring||:||Rajit Kapoor (Byomkesh Bakshi), K K Raina (Ajit Kumr Banerji), Naresh Suri (Nilmani), Karunakar Pathak (Someshwar Ghosh), Vinay Malhotra (Kalikinkar Das), Indrajit Sachdev (Debu Mandal), Kuldip Kaur (Hema), Vilas Raj (Vilas), Milon Mukherji (Major Burman), Irshad Hashmi (Biren), Gopal (Lawyer), Zafar (Motilal), and others…|
Let us continue our quest of reviewing Hindi TV Serial Byomkesh Bakshi. Today we will talk about Anjaan Khooni (The Mysterious Killer) episode. It is worth to note that this is the 8th episode of Season 2.
Once upon a time in 1959 Byomkesh and Ajit were attending a social gathering (which was similar to a tea-party) and they were introduced to Nilmani, a retired police officer through the host of the party. They got into chit-chat and the conversation led to their real-life experiences. As both Byomkesh and Nilmani dealt with crime throughout major part of their lives, the talk obviously moves to that area.
When talking about interesting and/or unsolved mysteries, Nilmani couldn’t resist himself from talking about a murder mystery. According to Nilmani, it was the only case which remains unsolved in his otherwise successful career. He now wanted to see if Byomkesh, after so many years of the actual incident, is able to crack the case using his logic, wit and analytical skills.
In very early years of his career when he was just a police sub-inspector, Nilmani was posted in the same city. He was a proactive police officer who took his job seriously. He used to patrol the streets on his cycle accompanied by his torch and revolver during nights. He managed to control crime to a large extent. He was very strict against crime and criminals.
One night, when on such one patrolling escapade he see a few people going somewhere in hurry with something on their shoulders. When he tried stopping them, they run away. It turns out that they were taking away dead body of a woman and possibly trying to dispose of it during the dark night.
He immediately called in some backup and tried catching them unsuccessfully. After identifying the dead body, Nilmani contacted the dead lady’s husband. He was found playing cards whole night at a friend’s place. Nilmani suspected that he was the murderer, but all his friends, playing cards with him, given the alibi for him, and confirmed that they all were together throughout.
Actually, they often meet to play cards and they used to play for hours. It is kind of their routine at regular intervals. Nilmani tried hard to interrogate them all one by one to see if there is anything he can find out. But, he remains unsuccessful.
Nilmani was sure that it is the husband of the victim who killed her. The things turn upside down when the suspect himself was murdered!
The time passed and Nilmani got no evidence and eventually, the case remains mysterious and unsolved.
What do you think? Who is the killer? Or are they more than one killers?
In terms of story and script, this is one of the most interesting episodes of Byomkesh Bakshi TV Serial so far. Though there are some questions raised (validly) like, why the police officer decided to share this story to Byomkesh and asked him to analyse it and find the culprit? But, often, the human nature proves to be most mysterious element. Sometimes we see people wanted to hear praise about themselves are trying to be humble and turn out the conversation in a way that the other fellow (or target audience) lure into the trap and praise him. Often we see killer visits the murder place to see how neatly he has executed the crime. So, often it is human ego or superiority complex or something similar forces him to do so.
Anyway, let us not get into the psyche of the police officer, but rather talk about various elements of the episode.
The dialogs are simple and effective. The makers didn’t try to look intelligent by putting in heavy words or phrases into the mouth of characters. And it is one of the wise decision. The more your content is liked by the common man the more successful your work is. This story has some actions and drama of course. But, not from Byomkesh’ end. He simply hears the story and applies is logic to analyse the stuff. So it a kind of mind game for him.
While Rajit Kapoor gets into the skin of the character he is portraying on screen, Byomkesh Bakshi; K. K. Raina is worth to watch as Ajit. Thought, we have marked that in this second season, so far Ajits screen time is getting lesser. K. K. Raina is a fantastic actor and he delivers a convincing performance. Both Rajit and Raina are superb in all aspects. Be it dialog deliver, gestures and postures or showing emotions, they are very convincing. For example, see Ajit’s reactions when finding a fellow bachelor (at 2:28 minutes in the episode). At the same time, Naresh Suri is first rate as police officer.
Basu Chatterji is a fantastic director and various works done by him are evident of it. Here, he deliver a magnum opus with limited budget, good content and having some dependable talents at his disposable.
The sets are not very attractive, but they are realistic. You see real middle class homes and real tea-parties and get-together here. They are not visually splendid, but authentic. Same we can say for the wardrobe. Simple yet effective.
This episode proves that you don’t need to show close-ups from many angles to show expressions or impact of the situation. If there is a convincing actor and talented director, only a glimpse is enough.
The dialogs, as said earlier, are simple and effective. We are missing such genuine works these days. No melodrama and no over-the-top effects, but still convincing content. The background music is really a positive attribute of this episode. It adds impact to the scenes in a way it is meant for. If wrong music elements are played at right situations, it can make a joke of it. But the team does it wisely.
I would like to say overall it is a good team-effort led by the captain of the ship. And yes of course, Late Sharadindu Bandopadhyay deserves the credit for the story.
Of course, a worth watching episode. It is not a masterpiece and has its own flows, but overall a fantastic story executed nicely. These days when we are missing such genuine detective thrillers which are convincing and effective at the same time, this serial proves that it requires talent more than the technology to make something extraordinary.
The good thing is, this episode is available on YouTube to watch for free, uploaded by DoorDarshan.
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