Vansh Ka Khoon (Killing The Descendant) is 4th episode of second season of Hindi TV Serial Byomkesh Bakshi. It is the third story explored in this season. The first story Aadim Shatru was explored in two episodes and Aag Aur Patanga was explored in a single episode.
Vansh Ka Khoon is a murder mystery but with a twist. Here, the victim himself sensed his murder ahead of it actually happened! He himself appointed Byomkesh to investigate the case of his murder when happened. And, he was damn sure that Byomkesh will not have to wait for long!
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Vansh Ka Khoon|
|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
Rajit Kapoor (Byomkesh Bakshi), K K Raina (Ajit Kumr Banerji), Sukanya Kulkarni (Satyavati), Kartik Dutt (Puntiram), Sukanya Kulkarni (Satyavati), Kartik Dutt (Puntiram),
Devendra Khandelwal (Ushanath), Raju Shreshta (Satyakam Das), Karunakar Pathak (Insp. Bhawani Prasad), Naved Aslam (Sitanshu Das), Richi Sharma (Chumki), Gagan Gupta (Nandlal Ghosh), Zafar (Bhuteshwar), Khalid Mohammed (Sahdeb – servant), Indira Chaudhury (Mother), and others…
The human nature is so mysterious. While we can find the genuine most human beings who care for others, we can find even self-destructing souls living along with. Some people live simple life and do care only for the better good and some believe in living life king size.
Anyway, this is not a philosophy class so let us move ahead to explore what is there in this episode.
The episode starts in the drawing room of Byomkesh’s house where he was insisted by his wife Satyavati to go for a trip to Kashmir. There is a problem however which matters the most the Byomkesh but not to Satyavati. the money! Yes, they require to have around Rs. 1000 for the trip, which is definitely a huge amount during those days and Byomkesh doesn’t have that much money.
But the things can take interesting turns when something is destined to happen.
A young fellow in rich attire pays a visit to them at the very moment. His name was Satyakam Das. He looked quite over confident and show off kind of guy. Eventually he discloses that he is one of the partners in Suchitra Emporium, a well known clothing showroom in Kolkata (then Calcutta). The other partner is his father Ushanath Das.
Actually Suchitra emporium was established by the maternal grandfather of Satyakam. Satyakam’s mother was the only child to him. So after the marriage Satyakam’s father became a partner in the business. By the way the marriage was arranged on 17th February 1935 (the Valentine’s day was not celebrated with these intensity those days). The business was grown and when Satyakam’s maternal grandfather was died, he became a partner in the business.
Satyakam was quite lazy since childhood. He had very weak character too. Hence, drinking alcohol, gambling and womanizing caught him tightly. He thus have made many enemies. Born on 07th August 1935, Satyakam is just 21. But he sense threat to his life. He came with a proposal and a 1000 Rs. in cash to meet Satyanveshi Byomkesh Bakshi with a rather odd proposal. As he is damn sure that he is going to be killed in near future, he want Byomkesh to seek the truth of his (future) murder! And as it is not possible to pay Byomkesh once that happen (of course), he is giving him the fees in advance!
While Satyavati was quite happy as the things took this turn, Byomkesh was not very keen to take case in the first thought. He however was agreed to take case in his hand. Ajit also found the guy quite rough but later changed his mind when he along with Byomkesh paid visit to his shop – Suchitra Emporium.
Eventually Satyakam was murdered and Byomkesh started seeking the truth here. Sure it was a murder, so can you guess who could have been the culprit?
The novelty in the story is the victim already knew that he is going to be killed soon. Most importantly he had the idea that who is going to kill him and why!
Then also it is a murder mystery because the audience (or the readers) is in dark yet.
We must say that Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay did a fantastic job as the writer of this story. The story moves on the fast pace and we must give due credit to the script writer as well. The dramatization and execution is done well, which made the characters and incidents alive on the Television screen. Director Basu Chatterji is known for his excellence in the field and it is quite evident here. The dialogs are taken from the real life, they are simple and defective at the same time. The background music adds to the positive aspects of the episode. The wardrobe reflects middle class clothing and ornaments. The sets also shows the places where majority of people lives, not the elite class people.
He portrayed the real life through the characters quite well. For example you can small holes in the vest of Byomkesh Bakshi. It proves that he is living a middle class life and 1000 Rs. is indeed a very large amount for him to arrange for a tour to Kashmir. The dialogs given to Satyavati are reflection of the mindset of any middle class housewife. Be it about her insistence to have a trip to Kashmir or reference to the cloths of her brother used by them when visited Bihar earlier. Ajit is also living with them like a family member, he however respects boundary in various social circumstances. The characters are written so well that you find them right out of life. Also notice how Puntiram reacted with Nandlal Bose, when approached Byomkehs’s hose (as Puntiram have assumed that Nandlal was came to ask for donation).
While Raju Shreshta tries hard to represent a Casanova on screen, his efforts are visible. He is good but could have been more convincing for sure. Sukanya Kulkarni got comparatively less screen time, she however makes her presence felt. She is a good actress. K. K. Raina and Rajit Kapoor are the heart and soul of the episode. They are very convincing in portraying their respective roles. Even till today, for the Hindi TV Serial audience, Rajit and K. K Raina are Byomkesh and Ajit. Such long lasting impressions can be created with fantastic acting only.
We know that the team have limited budget but the excellent work by everyone have made this episode quite wonderful.
If you will watch this episode thoroughly, you will find that no tea is served/drank in this episode! (Which is otherwise seen in almost every other episode).
At 35:49, in video you can observe that Ajit is taking with some crew member! May be better editing was needed for this episode.
Definitely worth watching episodes for all thriller lovers. You should go for it. The natural acting and brilliant execution plays marvel, while there are some technical limitations are evident in the episode.
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Watch out for our views and reviews for the next episode of Byomkesh Bakshi – Season 2. It is about solving the mystery of a theft. A valuable “Necklace” was stolen in that, that’s why the episode is titled as “Necklace”.