The third episode of Hindi TV Serial Byomkesh Bakshi – Seemant Heeera – is focused on a gem (or diamond) of the same name. It is a different kind of a story in all Byomkesh Bakshi adventures, as it doesn’t revolve around any murder!
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Seemant Heera|
|Asst. Director||:||Ravindra Singh|
|Asst. Cameraman||:||H N Singh|
|Asst. Music Director||:||Nanda Kumar Das|
|Make Up||:||Mahendra Chonkar|
|Art Director||:||Jadab Bhattacharya|
|Publicity Designer||:||Studio Link|
|Make Up||:||Mahendra Chonkar|
|Screenplay||:||Saharadindu Bandopadhyay, Basu Chatterji, Mriganka Shekhar Rai|
Basu Chatterji Production for
|Starring||:||Rajit Kapoor (Byomkesh Bakshi), K K Raina (Ajit Kumr Banerji), Kartik Dutta (Punti Ram), Utpal Dutt (Sir Digindra Narayan), Devendra Khandelwal (Tridivendra Narayan), Kesto Mitra (Ujre Singh), Raghu Mulwal (Secretary), Arun Chakraborty (Sachin), and others…|
Here Byomkesh and Ajit didn’t need to find about what was the motive behind the crime and who committed it and why? Because it is already known to everyone. He simply need to find out the diamond hidden in the home of Sir Digindra, hence, the place where it is hidden, is also known. There were really rare chances that the story can get much popular! As, majority attributes are different than the typical detective story attributes.
The story however well received. And Sharadindu also thought the level of readers is much better, and he then wrote more complicated stories then after.
One morning when Ajit and Byomkesh was having a chat on tea, they received a letter. Byomkesh find the letter quite interesting. It was from a landlord of a small town near by, asking Byomkesh to come to his place. No details about the purpose of the meeting was mentioned. There were advance money towards the traveling cost sent!
Ajit found it quite strange and was curious to know the possible reason for the invitation. Byomkesh however took it lightly. Based on his knowledge and experience he came to a conclusion that the thing doesn’t seem to be that important. He adds that sometimes the things represented as bigger problem by people belong to royal clan or wealthy lineage are often small problems. However he agree to visit the place, as they were having idle days.
On the way to the town – Gauripur – (through train) they meet a co-passenger who tried to be too much friendly. Ajit found it quite strange the way Byomkesh avoided him. The fellow tried asking them their destination of journey, Byomkesh however asked counter question and then gave wrong answer. On the next station the fellow left the train as his claimed destination was arrived. Ajit however find him catching another boggy of the same train. Byomkesh didn’t find it shocking as he was expecting it!!!
After reaching Gauripur and meeting Kumar Tridivendra Narayan, Byomkesh found he was not quite right this time. As there was actually a problem and he have to decide whether he want to help Tridivendra Narayan.
Actually there was gem named Seemant Heera, in possession of Kumar. Seemant Heera was in their family since a few generation. And there was a legend associated with it. As per the legend, as soon as the Seemant Heera left the custody of their family lineage, their ruling and good days will be no more. The Seemant Heera was passed through generations to the eldest of the son who also is the legitimate successor landlord.
Before a few days, the Seemant Heera was sent to Calcutta for an exhibition and it was replaced by its counterfeit which is almost identical to the same. It is very tough to note the difference between the real one and the fake one. The mystery was not who stole it!! Because, Sir Digindra Narayan, a well known artist and sculptor, living in Calcutta claimed it!! It was actually their claim which made Kumar to check and notice that the diamond in his possession was not the original Seemant Heera!
Sir Digindra Narayan is a paternal uncle (younger brother of father) of Kumar.
He was interested in Seemant Heera since years. Not because he need money or something. He was earning quite a good fortune and in fact offered a lot of money in return to Kumar, if he hand the Seemant Heera over to him (Digindra Narayan).
So now, Byomkesh knows where it is, he has to decide whether he want to help Tridivendra Narayan!
Byomkesh decides to help. He made a plan to visit Digindra Narayan. He and Ajit went to Digindra Narayan’s well guarded Bungalow in posh area, where they found an interview was going on. Byomkesh considered it as a good opportunity to get inside. He and Ajit wrote an application for both and applied. The interview was conducted by Sir Digindra Narayan personally. He calls them in together. During the conversation he calls them both by their real names!! Digindra Narayan was very intelligent man, who identified the possible trap quite easily!
So now, there is no way for Byomkesh and Ajit but to reveal their real identities and motive (which is otherwise already known to Digindra Narayan). In fact, they fellow they met on the train when they were heading to Gauripur, was a man of Digindra Narayan!
So, now there is no way Byomkesh and Ajit can get the Seemant Heera back from Digindra Narayan. At least not in disguise. During the conversation Byomkesh found Digindra Narayan very clever and brilliant, even better than him! He however found a weakness of Digindra Narayan. And that is the only thing he can bat on!
What was the weakness? How Byomkesh went ahead in his plan? Will he be able to get custody of real Seemant Heera? (I think you know the answer for this question 🙂 ) How? That is all explored in the rest of the episode.
The story has nothing much extra ordinary to present. However its real power is in its simplicity, both in terms of screenplay and execution. Even references to Louvre museum, elite hotels, landlords, statue of Natraj etc are really integrated pretty well in the story.
Rajit Kapoor and K. K. Raina are the heart of the episode (and rather we say the TV Serial actually). Their brilliant performance are the positive factor, which make the serial worth watching. In addition this time we have noted actor, Utpal Dutt (as Digindra Narayan) to add to the fantastic performers list. This trio plays their part pretty well. And Mr. Khandelwal (in role of Tridivindra Narayan) is equally convincing.
There are a couple of actors who play minor roles and are not that excellent performers, but it doesn’t make any difference to the impact of the episode.
The background music is really adding positive to the episode. Same we can say for dialogs and screenplay. The realistic locations are another positive aspect of the episode.
A not to miss TV Serial episode regardless of your love towards detective fictions. Brilliant performances, effective writing and simple execution are the key aspects of the episode. We suggest not to miss it.
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Also, fasten your seat belts for the ride of another case of Byomkesh where he and Ajit are trying to solve another case, in episode 4 (which is about how a man named Nand Dulal Babu gets the drug he is addicted with, and prevent them from doing so). We will post our reviews for the same in coming days.