The second season of Hindi TV Serial Byomkesh Bakshi is aired in 1997. The first story explored is Aadim Shatru and is spread over into two episodes. You can find our personal views and reviews for the same here.
The second story explored is Aag Aur Patanga (i.e. The Fire and The Moth). Actually the love of Moth for the Fire is well known. Despite of knowing that the Fire will consume it to death, the Moth always go to it. So when people see ultimate love in anyone’s life for someone or something, they often refer it with the love between the fire and the moth.
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Aag Aur Patanga|
|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),
Prem Bedi (Purandar Pandey), Raviraj (Dr. Palit), Raees (Deep Narayan Singh), Harpal (Dev Narayan Singh), B. P. Singh (BeniPrasad), Prashant Jaiswal (Leeladhar), Prateekha Lonkar (Shakuntala), Rasik Dave (Insp. Ratikant Chaudhry), Dev Sharma (Manager), Babli Singh (Chandni), Apkesha Desai (Dr. Manna), and others…
The climax of the episode proves that the love story explored in this episode got the perfect title. It is worth to note that the fictional incidents of story are staged in year 1956.
The elite class citizens of Calcutta (Now Kolkata) are invited to a party by Deep Narayan Singh. Deep Narayan Singh is one of the wealthiest landlord of entire state of Bihar. He is an aged fellow, who was ill since last 5-6 months. Upon his recovery to pink health, the party was arranged. The invitees include DSP Pandey who visit the party with our beloved detective Byomkesh Bakshi and his aide Ajit Kumar Banerjee. It is mentioned by the inspector that the Commissioner is also attending the party! This will give you the idea about the status of Deep Narayan Singh, and the list of invitees in the party!
We also got to know that Deep Narayan’s wife Shakuntala is much younger to him. Actually it is Deep Narayan’s second marriage to her. Deep Narayan also have a nephew named Dev Narayan Singh, who is illiterate. Dev Narayan is often found with his yes-men Beniprasad and Leeladhar Bansi. The manage of the state is aged man who is kind of all-rounder. Dev Narayan is married to Chandni and they have a kid too.
While attending the party, Dr. Palit, one of the invitees who look after Deep Narayan Singh’s health, is summoned by Inspector Ratikant. Ratikant informs him that when doing his routine patrolling, he found that Dr. Palit’s dispensary’s door was found unbolted by someone. By suspecting a burglary there, he have cross checked the venue and after locking it, he came there (at the party) to inform the Doctor.
Major incident happens in the days following. Deep Narayan Singh was found dead! And the cause to same was considered the fatal reaction of injection given by Dr. Palit to him. The injection was routine one for Deep Narayan but seems was tempered with during the breaking of his clinic.
So it was a murder. And the list of suspects include many of them. While Byomkesh is investigating the stuffs, inspector Ratikant was the official in-charge of the case. Ratikant seems co-operative and enthusiastic in resolving the murder mystery.
How it all unfolds and who is the culprit, is the rest of the story.
The story is written nicely by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay (aka Saradindu Bandopadhyaya). It has all the elements of a murder mystery. It also shows the pros and cons of being too wealthy. The environment of a wealthy landlord family and typical situations there, are explored pretty well. The good thing about Mr. Bandyopadhyay is he took inspiration from the real life, and thus his characters can be related to the real world quite easily. The marriage at old age with a young lady, having too much wealth, and people are lining up to claim the inheritance are not too far from the reality – in such setup. Of course, Basu Chatterji did a fantastic job as a script writer and he got assistance from some fantastic team members.
In addition to writer, director Basu Chatterji is also in full form (when he is not?). He have explored the characters quite effectively. He have given enough footage to almost every essential characters. We have however felt that Ajit’s character is getting shorter in the episodes of second season. Anyway, overall portrayal of the characters is up to the mark.
The dialogs are simple yet effective. They reflect real life communication well. The background music is a positive attribute of the episode. It adds to the impact of scenes. There are chances of outdoor shooting in this episode, however the director have thoughtfully put focus on the important events and most of the stuff is filmed indoor (apart from the climax). The sound quality is better than that of the first season.
Good content is not very effective when not portrayed convincingly. Rajit Kapoor and K. K. Raina have made live the characters of Byomkesh and Ajit respectively. They are so convincing that it is tough to accept any other actor playing these roles. They both are equally good and competent to each other. They have portrayed the characters very nicely. Like Agatha Christie‘s Tommy and Tuppence, the characters of Byomkesh and Ajit (along with Satyavati) are also getting older with the time. And that is reflected in actors’ gestures and body language quite effectively.
While Rasik Dave looks enthusiastic in this episode, he is supported by a few actors with good acting. Of course there are some poor acting performances in this episode, but it is overshadowed by the good ones.
Definitely worth watching episodes for all thriller lovers.
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Watch out for our views and reviews for the next episode of Byomkesh Bakshi – Season 2. It is titled as “Vansh Ka Khoon” (i.e. Destroying the family lineage).