Favorite Indian Detectives – Byomkesh Bakshi by Saradindu Bandopadhyay

Who –

Byomkesh Bakshi

Creator –

Saradindu Bandopadhyay

Novels in the series –

Originally written in Bengali, the stories/novels of Byomkesh were published in the form of a collection titled ‘Byomkesh Samagra’ in 1995. Most of these stories have been translated into English recently. The author’s sudden demise left the last story ‘Bishupal Badh’ in the Byomkesh series incomplete.

About the detective –

Byomkesh was introduced to the literary world as a private investigator on a mission to bust a drug racquet in colonial India. He appeared in disguise under the pseudo-name of Atul Chandra Sen in the novel ‘Satyaneshwi’. The plot was set in 1924-25. This is where he is shown to meet his future housemate, friend, and novelist, Ajit who eventually decides to pen down Byomkesh’s cases in the form of stories. This dhoti-kurta clad resident of Harrison road in Kolkata has his man Friday named Putiram and abhors the term private investigator or detective. Instead, he prefers to call himself as Satyanweshi (the one in search of the truth). Byomkesh belongs to that rare breed of detectives in literature who gets married and starts a family. He meets his future wife Satyaboti during one of the investigations where her brother is considered a suspect. Eventually, they get married and have a kid who’s known to the world as Khokha.

The author and his creation
Saradindu Bandopadhyay and his Byomkesh Bakshi

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Movie review – Raid

“Main kisise darta nahi hu. Kisike bhi darwaja khatkhatane ki himmat rakhta hu.” – says IT officer Amay Patnaik in this weeks Bollywood release Raid capturing courage as the underlying essence of his character.

Cast –

  • Ajay Devgn (Amay Patnaik)
  • Ileana D’Cruz– (Mailini Patnaik)
  • Saurabh Shukla – (Rameshwar Singh/Tauji) 
  • Pushpa Singh – (Amma of Rameshwar)

Director – Rajkumar Gupta

Genre – Thriller

Duration – 2hr 08 mins

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Movie Review – PadMan : The journey of normalizing menstrual woes

You think I’m mad.

Only mad become famous’

-Says the reel life PadMan during his speech at the United Nations in the movie. This weekend Mrs. Funnybones brought alive the roller coaster life journey of India’s menstrual man Arunachalam Muruganantham on-screen through a courageous and sincere venture called PadMan.

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Movie review – ‘A death in the Gunj’ that highlights the plight of soft and sensitive men

Once in a while we come across movies that leave such a profound effect on the audience that one cannot help but keep thinking about the story and its characters even days after finishing watching it. A death in the Gunj is one such movie that took me a whole week to come out of its magical spell to focus on writing the review instead.

Cast – 

  • Vikrant Massey (Shutu)
  • Gulshan Devaiah (Nandu)
  • Tillotama Shome (Bonnie)
  • Tanuja (Anu/Nandu’s mother)
  • Om Puri (Nandu’s father)
  • Kalki Koechlin (Mimi)
  • Ranvir Shorey (Vikram)
  • Jim Sarbh (Brian)
  • Aparna Sen (the voice of Shutu’s mother)

Director – Konkona Sen Sharma

Duration – 2 hrs 46 mins

Genre – Drama

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Movie review – Tiger Zinda Hai – does the tiger growl or couch?

Second last week of the year – the makers of Tiger Zinda Hai (TZH) have decided to give a grand and larger than life farewell to 2017 with a movie that begins with a bang and ends with a boom. First day second show of TZH saw me apprehensive about my decision but what an experience did it turn out to be!

Cast – 

  • Salman Khan (Tiger/Avinash Singh Rathod)
  • Katrina Kaif (Zoya)
  • Sajjad Delafrooz (Abu Usman)
  • Angad Bedi (Namit)
  • Girish Karnad (Shenoy)
  • Paresh Rawal (Firdaus)
  • Kumud Mishra (Rakesh)
  • Paresh Pahuja (Azan)
  • Poorna (Anupriya Goenka)

DirectorAli Abbas Zafar

Duration – 2 hrs 40 mins

Genre – Action Thriller


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Movie review – What makes Lipstick Under My Burkha a compelling watch!

“Naam bataiyye”

“Buaji”

“Kiski Buaji? Meri to nahi. Naam kya hai?”

“Usha. Usha Parmar.”

A mid aged Ratna Pathak Shah, who’s referred to as Buaji by almost everyone including people elder than her mumbles as she realizes that in quite a long time this was the first  that someone had asked for her name instead of addressing her as just Buaji.

Cast –

  • Ratna Pathak Shah – Buaji /Usha Parmar
  • Konkona Sen Sharma – Shireen Aslam
  • Aahana Kumra – Leela
  • Plabita Borthakur – Rehana Abidi
  • Vikrant Massey – Arshad
  • Sushant Singh – Rahim Aslam
  • Shashank Arora – Dhruv Bose
  • Vaibhav Tatwawaadi – Manoj
  • Jagat Singh Solanki – Jaspal

Direction – Alankrita Shrivastava

Duration – 1hr 59 mins

Genre  – Drama /Black comedy

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Movie review Chef – does the dish turn out fine!

During one of the scenes in the movie,a shocked Roshan Kalra on hearing his son Arman feign ignorance about the existence of a dish called chole batura mildly rebukes him saying that being the only son of Kalra from Chandni Chowk, he just can’t afford to ask such questions. That’s the underlying essence of this movie Chef. Based on a Hollywood movie by the same name by Jon Favreau, the hindi movie sticks to the original script with mild tweaks in between to suit the sensibility of Indian audience.

Cast –

  • Saif Ali Khan (Roshan Kalra)
  • Padmapriya Janakiraman (Radha Menon)
  • Svar Kamble (Arman)
  • Biju (Milind Soman)
  • Nuzroon (Chandan Roy Sanyal)
  • Vinnie (Sobhita Dhulipala)

Director – Raja Menon

Duration – 2hrs 11minutes

Genre – Family drama

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