The (fictional) incidents of this episode are setup in a town called Mungair and happened during the year 1936.
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|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 Bandyopadhyay, Basu Chatterji, Mriganka Shekhar Rai|
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|Starring||:||Rajit Kapoor (Byomkesh Bakshi), K K Raina (Ajit Kumr Banerji), Hanif Zahoor (Inspector Sashank), Somesh Agrawal (Sharada Prasad), Baghi Chandel (Shailendra Kumar), Mulraj Rajda (Kailash Chandra), Raj Shekhar (Tarashankar), Anupama chatterji (Sheela), and others…|
Once upon a time in 1936 Byomkesh Bakshi and Ajit Banerjee was summoned to Mungair by Inspector Sashank, an old friend of Byomkesh as he needed some assistance from Byomkesh.
Inspector Sashank explains a strange case to Byomkesh.
There was a moderately wealthy jeweler named Vaikunth Das living in the town on the outskirs of a river. His home was a story building and was surrounded by a compound wall. There was a big open ground behind it. He was staying there since many years. There were two other members living in the smae home including his aged servent and a niece. The ground floor of the home was used for all purposes. On the first floor there was a single room where Vaikunth das was living.
Though he have a jewellery shop in the town, he used to do his diamond business from his home only. When anyone come to purchase diamonds from him, he keeps them to stay on the ground floor. He then picks the needed stuff from the first floor and deals with the customer.
One morning when Vaikunth Das’ niece Sheela get to the first floor to serve him morning tea, she found that he hasn’t opened the door of his room. Fiding this unusual, she called in people and ultimately police, who broke the door and found Vaikunth Das lying on the floor, dead!
As there were no blood spots or anything, police come to the conclusion that the murder is done by giving immense pressure on Vaikunth Das’ neck. As there was no money or diamond found inside the room, they also consider that the killer ran away with all the money and/or diamonds.
Ajit asks a very logical question here, where in all this a ghost comes to the picture?
To know the answer you need to explore the episode vide. As revealing more will be spoler.
The story may look quite simple today, but was very effective when the episode aired, and got good response when originally published. Author Saharadindu came with a quite new vision as the character of a ghost. The story also takes on the people who blindly believe in anything regardless of searching for the facts.
The screenplay adapts the story pretty well and makes it appealing to the audience of the time when the episode was aired. The director is in complete control of what he is exploring, and it is clearly visible through out the episode.
The details are worked on very effectively in screenplay, for example, we got to know from Ajit that there is something urgent awaiting for them in Calcutta (now Kolkata), but Byomkesh is an old friend of Sashank so they come by putting the rest on hold.
This significantly tells that Byomkesh started getting busy those days and there are more and more people approaching him to assist them in various manners.
In terms of acting, Rajit Kapoor and K K Raina are scene stealer and there are no two thoughts on that. It proves again that how dependable they are, as actors. Not only their dialogs but also their body language complements to the scenes they do.
Mulraj Rajda leaves his impact in quite small role. Hanif is good as Inspector Sashank. Raj Shekhar plays Tarashankar effectively. Baghi is convincing as Shailendra, but he could have perform better. Anupama Chatterji (playing Sheela) is not effective at all. Somesh Agrawal as Sharda Prasad leaves his mark. He can prove his metal if given better chance.
The locations are chosen pretty wisely and they look very real (in terms of the story setup, they are real otherwise :)). The wardrobe reflects the time of the story authentically.
There are no out of the life characters and/or dialogs in this episode. It is exectued simply yet effectively. There are no special effects (like we see in many TV serials these days, where a lot of money is spent but then also sometimes are unable to create the impact) and you don’t feel a need of it.
It is worth to note that the episode ends with a fantastic Sanskrit saying “मौक्तिकं न गजे गजे”.
Of course, worth to go for episode. The fact that, if you have good content and dependable team of actors and assistants, you can create marvel even in low budget, is evident here.
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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 the mystery of a death caused by Agnivaan (or Agnibaan – the arrow of the fire).