Episode #23 of Hindi TV Serial Byomkesh Bakshi is a murder mystery titled as Wasiyat Ka Rahasya (The mystery of the willpaper). The fictional incidents explored in this episode are set up in 1960.
|TV Serial||:||Byomkesh Bakshi|
|Episode Title||:||Wasiyat Ka Rahasya|
|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 Banerji),
Kartik Dutt (Puntiram), Shail Chaturvedi (Rameshwar), Raghu Mulwal (Kusheshwar), Nivedita Tijoriwala (Lavanya), P. K. Mukherji (Dr. Sen), Hanif Zahoor (Inspector Haldar), Sunita (Nalini), 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 :).
While doing regular conversation in their daily routine Byomkesh and Ajit were interrupted by the postman. They receive a Deewali greeting from Rameshwar Babu, an old friend of Byomkesh. Byomkesh remembers him fondly and talks about Rameshwar babu’s jolly nature and full of enthusiasm persona. Byomkesh also affirms that Rameshwar babu never forgets to send Deewali greetings to his friends every year.
The content of the letter was found a little out of place by Byomkesh and he senses something is not proper at Rameshwar babu’s place. In fact, he couldn’t make heads and tails of some of the stuff written in the letter. He decided to pay a visit to Rameshwar babu.
At Rameshwar babu’s home, he was told that Rameshwar babu is not feeling well and thus taking rest, so it is not advisable to meet and disturb him. Byomkesh and Ajit return from there and they had a conversation with Dr. Sen also. Byomkesh comes to a conclusion that Rameshwar babu is living the life under arrest. His son and daughter-in-law don’t let him meet anyone. Rameshwar babu’s daughter-in-law is the one who controls the situation and Kusheshwar is merely following her.
Even, Rameshwar babu’s daughter Nalini wasn’t able to find any personal moments with her father, when pays visit to him.
Soon, Byomekesh and Ajit are informed that Rameshwar babu met with his death! Byomkesh found it mysterious and decided to uncover the truth. Definitely, the last will of Rameshwar babu has an important role to play in it. As he was living under house arrest, he couldn’t have got a chance to give anything from his wealth to his daughter, but a wise fellow like him couldn’t have let others control his life and wealth in the way he dislikes. He definitely had has written his last will somewhere, and it must have been found at the earliest. Also, while doctors couldn’t pinpoint anything wrong in the death situation, it is tough to say whether it was a murder or a natural death!
What is the truth? Will our ultimate “truth seeker” Byomkesh Bakshi along with his friend and aide Ajit Banerjee be able to uncover the truth? It is better to explore it on screen.
Let us start with the story and screenplay. In this age, when Google is almost a synonym of internet search engine, and people, rather than remembering stuff rely more on it, to find anything they need; knowing about invisible ink and other such stuff may not sound very intuitive. But, if we think about the time when the story was written and in the time it is set up, it was quite interesting. In fact, even today, a majority of people are not aware of such simple yet effective tricks. So, we can definitely say that the story is revolving around an interesting point and the readers must have found it very attractive when first published.
The dramatization is done in a way that the essence of the story remains unharmed and yet it will look appealing to the audience of the entire country and the time when the TV series was aired. We must say that the scriptwriter(s( has done their job quite well. The dialogs are also nice and effective. While they are using the language of common people, some interesting and even sarcastic punches in them are unmissable.
While some questions like how the invisible ink will then remain visible when presented in court, remain unanswered, the story has a freshness to appeal even today.
The locales and wardrobe are very important factors, especially when you are trying to portray a tale from the different period. The touch of modernity may ruin the authenticity and thus viewer’s experience. The makers paid full attention to it, and we see typical Bengali environment and realistic portrayal of middle-class families on screen. It is a delight to watch such genuine portrayal.
While Rajit Kapoor is the one who carries the episode on his shoulders with his effective acting, body language and other aspects; he is not alone. K. K. Raina got only a few scenes but he is un-missable. Actually, Rajit and Raina are the essential part of the commercial success of this genuine work. Shail Chaturvedi is the ideal choice for the role he played, and he does what is expected from him, with honesty.
Other actors try well and some of them succeed while the others fail to catch viewer’s attention. But, the principal cast doesn’t let the viewers feel it.
Doordarshan itself has published this episode on it’s official YouTube channel and everyone can watch it for free! Definitely, something not to miss.
Overall, an interesting episode executed nicely . It is based on a gripping script studded with effective dialogs. A treat for those who love to watch detective fictions and who don”t mind some minor low points.
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