Let us continue our quest of exploring various tales featuring Byomkesh Bakshi through Hindi TV Serial of the same name produced and directed by Basu Chatterji.
Today we are going to talk about Episode #31 of Byomkesh Bakshi, titled as Lohe Ka Biscuit which is based on a story named Lohar Biskut (Iron Biscuits) by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The fictional incidents explored in this episode are set up in 1969. In a sad note, it is the last episode of this TV Series.
Let us take a bird’s eye view of the story explored in this episode.
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Lohe Ka Biscuit
|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), Sukanya Kulkarni (Satyavati), Kartik Dutt (Puntiram), Vijayan Nair (Ramakant Das), K. K. Das (Akshay Mandal), Ravi Jahakal (Inspector Sarkar), Anju (Sister), Chadha (Sister’s husband), and others…|
Let us take a bird’s eye view of the story.
After seeing off his son to IIT for the further studies, Byomkesh was consoling her wife who was not in a good mood like any other Indian mother, whose only son is going to stay away from her for a long. Byomkesh mentioned that he is planning to retire from this investigation work he is doing from very young age. He also mentions about the publishing business they are running and Ajit’s involvement in that.
They are disturbed by an unknown visitor named Kamal Kant Das who was accompanied with a mystery. It was a pleasant surprise for Byomkesh and he could not stop himself from getting amused and happy all together.
Kamal Kant was staying at a place on rent. One day, his landlord Akshay Mandle left with some luggage and gave the keys to his home to Mr. Das mentioning that he is going far away and if he doesn’t come back in a few days, Mr. Das can use the entire house.
Kamal Kant was more than happy and he immediately sent a message to his wife who was staying at their native. Actually, Kamal Kant was staying alone because he got only a small room for rent at Akshay Manda’s place. But, now as he is getting a chance to use the entire house, he can accommodate his family with him.
The mystery starts from here.
After a few days, the home started stinking like a hell. He called in police and upon breaking the lock to the premises Akshay Mandal left locked, they found a dead body! Why otherwise someone left his well-furnished home to someone else?
As Kamal Kant has nothing to do with the murder, he was not worried about it. Even police were also convinced that Kamal Kant is innocent and allowed him to use the entire house. The problem start when a lady came claiming to the home identifying herself as the widow of late Akshay Mandal. As Kamal Kant doesn’t know the lady, he decided not to move out of the house.
Now, he got a chance to go for pilgrimage and some outing and he got a good companion for the same as well, he is interested in utilizing his pending leaves. He was also worried that in his absence either the lady claiming to be the widow of Akshay Mandal or someone else, can occupy the property.
So he is seeking Byomkesh’ advise on this issue.
What Byomkesh suggested him and what is the actual mystery is better to explore by watching this episode, which is available to watch for free on the public domain of YouTube, uploaded by DoorDarshan itself.
Actually, it is the last complete Byomkesh story written by Late Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. He started one more story, but it remained incomplete.
The story itself is interesting. We must give credit to the scriptwriter for adapting it in a way that it can be enjoyed by the target audience. As we know that the original story was written in the Bengali backdrop and the primary target were the readers knowing the Bengali language. The freshness of the story and the backdrop remained intact while adapted it for Hindi audience, so, it is an authentic adaptation.
If you have good content to share, but if it is not executed effectively, then it is meaningless right? The director executed it pretty effectively and deserves full marks for his work. The locales and wardrobe are also taken good care of. You can find almost everything at a place and as authentic as possible.
These days when we are struggling to find the real people and real middle-class setup in the TV Serials being aired currently, it is a delight to find such a realistic TV Serial.
The episode also moves Byomkesh’ personal life a step ahead. Now his son also got mature to attend the college. And, he is brilliant life his father. How otherwise can he get admission in IIT? We also got to know that Byomkesh kept his son away from him through most of the life due to safety concerns. Byomkesh’s detective work definitely made a few enemies for him, and like any other concerned father, he also didn’t want his son to suffer anything due to that.
Those who love crime fictions will be able to trace a parallel with Tommy and Tuppence, the famous detective couple by Late Agatha Christie, as they are also getting aged with each case. Same happens to Poirot also. While in other cases, we find that often the protagonist remains of same age throughout.
In terms of acting, Rajit Kapoor made the character of Byomkesh alive. He is in complete control with his dialog delivery, gestures and postures all. Sukanya Kulkarni is convincing. We miss K. K. Raina here. Ravi Jhakal is a good actor, he, however, didn’t get much scope in this episode. Rest of actors are trying to do their best and most of them are convincing.
The dialogs and background music requires special mention. The dialogs are simple and intriguing and the background music multiplies the positive impact of respective scenes.
Defintely, a not to miss episode. Today, when we see that many TV Serial present crap in the name of detective or crime fictions, watching this will make you happy and you will realize that having good content and reliable talents at hand, you can deliver magnum opus despite budget and technical limitations.
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