Episode #22 of Hindi TV Serial Byomkesh Bakshi is a murder mystery titled as Adrishya Trikon (The Invisible Triangle). The fictional incidents explored in this episode are set up in 1960.
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Adrishya Trikon|
|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 Kumar Banerji), Shakti Singh (Insp. Ramani Sanyal), Salim Shah (Sunil), Sujata Gokhle (Reva), Ratna (Anna), Ramesh Goyal (Hukum Singh), and others…|
Let us take a bird’s eye view to the episode. But, let me warn you that while I try my level best, some of the spoilers are unavoidable :).
Sometime during 1960, Inspector Ramani Sanya, an intelligent and brave police officer pay a visit to his friends Byomkesh Bakshi and Ajit Banerji. During the informal conversation, Ramani reveals something which was biting his heart! He talks about a death, which he knows that, is a well-planned murder. He even knows who did it! The victim lady was her good friend and despite knowing the truth about her death, he cannot arrest the suspect (or better to say criminal?). As there are no evidence against him! It was a well planned, well executed, clean sweep!
Then he tells everything regarding the murder. And they came to a conclusion that the only way to get the criminal punished is to get the confession from him.
Here is what Ramani told Byomkesh.
Sunil, the only son of a wealthy businessman was married to Reba. While Sunil was a man of loose character, he had no interesting in doing business also! He passes time doing wandering, playing cards and doing some other stuff. And when you have such a lifestyle, there come other bad habits too.
Sunil’s father knew it and thus he was very upset with him. He knew that after his death when the business and wealth will be acquired by Sunil, he will spend it in no time doing wrong things. He, thus, declared Reba as his heir. She had to run the business and she will possess all the wealth. There is a fixed amount of money that will be received by Sunil every month by Reba. Not a penny more.
Sunil was definitely upset with the arrangement. And, while Reba was taking good care of the business and home, and pays money to Sunil regularly; there was no love, affection or attachment between them. Sunil was getting frustrated day by day, and keep planning to get rid of Reba. Because, if Reba is no more, he will get everything and he doesn’t have to live at someone else’s mercy. Of course, he will spend all the wealth in no time, but it is the thing he cares the least about.
So, what was his plan to get rid of Reba and how he made it fool-proof? Or was he the real criminal who killed Reba, or merely a suspect? All these questions are better to get answered by watching this episode.
Let us start with the story. While watching the episode, in the beginning itself, the audience got to know that a murder has happened. And in fact, they also know who is the possible culprit. So there is no major suspense left. In a majority of such cases, the story falls flat and audience loses their interest in watching. But, if you look at overall aspects, the story is written interestingly here. Despite knowing the facts about the incident, it keeps the viewer glued.
While Inspector Ramani is telling the series of incidents, like Byomkesh the audience also find it interesting to explore. Also towards the end, you will feel a little disappointed and then comes the masterstroke. Like Poirot, Byomkesh also believes in the justice more than the laws. And, as Byomkesh is the truth seeker, his main aim is to uncover the truth, and then, get the criminal captured and represented to the respected authorities. In this episode also, the real criminal gets his punishment, who he/she was and what he gets, is for you to watch.
Also, while watching the episode, you feel that if the inspector had some more passions, the real criminal might have confessed his/her crime. But anyway, the story is interesting and explored nicely.
Basu Chatterji knows his job well, and he is in command. He tries not leaving any loose ends and he does well through the majority of the episode. The story is updated in a way that it holds global appeal and to suit the likes of Hindi TV Serial watching the audience.
There are comparatively few characters in this story/episode. Also, not much of crowd scenes are there. Most of the scenes are close-ups. The major part of the episode is filmed on sets/indoor locations. The sets/locales are really convincing. Ditto, we can say for the wardrobe. From the frame of the spectacles to the curtains on windows; almost everything is very perfect. It is a delight to see real middle-class homes and government office setups on screen.
The background music is quite in sync and it gives the episode the required impact. Same we can say for the dialogs, they are simple and effective. Rather than adding bookish dialogs or wisdom, the makers have opted for the realistic stuff, and it works like a charm.
In terms of acting, Rajit Kapoor is first rate. He looks aged Byomkesh by all means. His dialog delivery, gestures and postures are in sync with his character. K. K. Raina got a very little scope in this episode but he leaves his impact. Shakti Singh (playing Inspector) and Salim Shah (playing Sunil) comes as a surprise package. They both acted really well. While Salim overplayed at some places, Shakti underplayed nicely. Sujata Gokhle is not convincing as Reba. Her poor acting can be considered as one of the downsides of the episode. Ramesh Goyal does his bits as Hukum Singh.
Overall a nice episode. Good acting, realistic characters and authentic wardrobe and locales make it simple yet effective. And, the good thing is, this episode is available to watch for free on official DoorDarshan channel on YouTube.
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