Movie Review: Satyanweshi; Rituparno Ghosh's last- Enough reason to go and watch the movie

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal / WBRINN

Kolkata, September 19, (Washington Bangla Radio): Satyanweshi, the latest and the last Bengali film by ace filmmaker Rituporno Ghosh is his first and only attempt to re-create a popular Bengali sleuth in his own way.

Based on the story ‘Chorabali’ from Saradindu Bandopadhaya’s famous Byomkesh Bakshi series ‘Satyanweshi’ is a midway between a new and traditional way to portray the immortal characters and the plot.

The film opens up with a kind of prologue where it is shown that Arunagshu, one of the Royals of India is at his deathbed. He makes a will that in order to keep claim to the royal property, his son Himangshu (Indronil Sengupta) must marry a girl from their own caste and should come up with a rightful heir within three years. The family healer remains one of the witnesses of the scene.

Sometimes later Byomkesh Bakshi (Sujoy Ghosh) along with his friend Ajit (Anindya Chatterjee) is seen heading to Balawantpur on an invitation from Himangshu, the new king of the state. Himangshu has married Alaka (Arpita Chatterjee) to keep with the terms of the will. Initially Himangshu tries to keep under wrap the real reason behind inviting the sleuth to his home. But the plan soon comes out of the box and Byomkesh and Ajit come to know that the royal librarian has gone missing. As they spend more time in the palace they come to know many other secrets of the royal family. How they pull the different threads to find out where they converge and finally solve the mystery forms the crux of the film.

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As seen in most of Rituporno’s film, this film too has been shot extensively in indoor settings. We all know that the director wants total control of things and hence rarely preferred outdoor settings. Every frame has been treated with minute details. The film stands out for it brilliant execution in low light which was indeed needed to portray the pre-electricity era. But the characters seem to be too dramatic in the manner they deliver their dialogues.

The director turned actor Sujoy Ghosh has given his best but we are too addicted to see a sharper Byomkesh. Anindya is quite apt with his ‘Bangaliana look’ and his beard goes well with Ajit’s profile of being a writer. Arpita Chatterjee as Alaka is fine on the screen, though not extraordinary. Indranil Sengupta comes up with patches of sensible acting but is also stiff in other patches. Two actors are surely revelations in the film. They are Anirban Ghosh as the royal librarian and Shibaji Bandopadhaya as the royal healer.

The film will be remembered for being the first as well as the last movie of detective genre by Rituparno Ghosh. That gives one enough reason to go and watch the movie.

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