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.
Episode #30 of Byomkesh Bakshi is a murder mystery titled as Veni Sanhar (Beni Sanhar – as pronounced in Bengali language) which is based on a story named Benishonghar (The Slaughter Of Beni) by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The fictional incidents explored in this episode are set up in 1968.
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Veni Sanhar|
|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),Ravi Jhakal (Inspector Sarkar), Daji Bhatwalekar (Beni Madhav), Naved Aslam (Sanat), Anoop Soni (Nikhil), Ashish Roy (Makrand), Indrajit Sachdev (Gangadhar), Manjit Singh (Ajay), Yasmin (Yasmin), Pushpa Verma (Gayatri), Piyali Mukherji (Jhilli), Babli Singh (Lalvani), Madhumita (Phoolwati), Irshad Hashmi (Dr. Sen), Pardesi (Meghraj/Megraj), Kishan (Himmatlal), and others…|
Let us take a bird’s eye view of the story explored in this episode.
Beni Madhav is an aged man who lives with his family with the feeling that everyone is waiting eagerly to find him dead! Actually, he assumes that everyone is conspiring against him and trying to poison him by using any possible means. That’s why he stopping getting his food cooked from his daughter-in-law and eventually from his daughter also.
So, what option remains with him?
He asks his servant Meghraj (Megraj) that whether he is married or not? After Beni Madhav received a positive response from Meghraj, he asks his servant to go home and take her here. He offers a job to Meghraj’s wife to cook food for him and in lieu of that, he assured the same salary as Meghraj is getting.
In the course, we are introduced to many characters, almost all of them are living in the same house. While one of them is moody and arrogant, one of them is happy and humble. So each of them has his/her own unique persona. To get rid of any future problems for the properly Beni Madhav decided to make his last will of property. He calls in his lawyer and all the family members and clears his intentions and what he is planning to give each one of them in his will. The lawyer confirms that some legal formalities need to be done and he will come back in 2 days with the final legal will.
Before that though, Beni Madhav is killed! And, his servant Meghraj is also killed! Throughout the day Meghraj and his wife were around, and only they were permitted to enter Beni Madhav’s room. Meghraj used to sleep outside Beni Madhav’s door to help him with anything in the night also. Hence, everyone comes to a conclusion that while it is not possible to kill Beni Madhav without overpowering Meghraj, the killer has killed Meghraj and then Beni Madhav.
Investigation incharge, Inspector Sarkar, brings in Byomkesh Bakshi into the picture by seeking his help in resolving this “Veni Sanhar”.
For any visual media, be it a movie or a TV Serial, the script plays one of the most important roles. If the content is not effectively gripping, it is tough to get the viewer’s attention even with high-quality visual effects. The original story by Sharadindu Bandopadhyay is gripping and we can say that half of the work of the makers became easy due to that.
Of course, the original story needed some tweaking up, as the primary target of the story is Bengali readers, and here the scriptwriter needs to adapt it in a way that it will be warmly accepted by Hindi audience. And it is adapted brilliantly. Overall, the script is tight.
Basu Chatterji is in form as the director as well. He has made the Bengali environment of those days alive on screen. The credit also needs to be given to the camera team for bringing them effectively on celluloid and the casting director for choosing right actors for the right roles. The wardrobe of the characters is chosen effectively too. You will see Byomkesh wearing pant-shirt (instead of Dhoti-Kurta) in this episode.
The episode mainly relies on Rajit Kapoor who is fantastic as Byomkesh Bakshi. He was young those days but have to portray an aged person, which he does convincingly. His gestures speak more than him, and that is the height of his acting.
Two more actors who are giving him a genuine competition are Anoop Soni (who later got famous by playing roles in various TV Serials and seen these days in Crime Patrol – a popular TV Show) and Ravi Jhakal (who played Inspector in this episode, and had given some fantastic performances in Bharat Ek Khoj TV serial, including that of Prithviraj Chauhan). They both are in sync with their characters. While Ravi’s role is serious, Anoop got a chance to show his funny side.
Some of the other actors have supported entire team brilliantly. At the same time, why we see Phoolwati giving a smile (which is more than a shy smile) always? It doesn’t look natural at all.
The background music requires a mention for its effectiveness. The dialogs are simple and effective. Rather than using high power dictionary words, the makers wisely decided to go with the day-to-day language, and it works in favor of the episode.
Overall a fantastic episode which you will definitely love watching. And, it is available to watch for free on YouTube. It will also provide you a reason to think that when good talent is there at your disposal, the technology and resource limitations or a tight budget cannot make a large difference.
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