Most of the stories are written from the point of view of Ajit Bandhopadhay, who meets Byomkesh in the mess at Chinabazar. It is Byomkesh who later requests Ajit to live with him at his three-story rented house at Harrison Road as his assistant and chronicler. The only other person in his household is his attendant Putiram. In the beginning of the stories, Byomkesh Bakshi is described as "a man of twenty-three or twenty-four years of age who looked well educated. He does not live in luxury but possess numerous books.
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Written by: Siddhartha Krishnan Pic credit: pioneer. And, I am pretty sure, that many like me, who have grown up in the 90s in India, are also secretly doing so. But never have I ever critically analysed the show, until now. Hence, a rather obvious question came to my mind: What makes me watch this TV serial even now? The question is relevant, and cannot be dismissed, by attributing everything to nostalgia, because unlike in the 90s, we now have a range of options to choose from, particularly in this genre.
For starters, this is not an easy question to answer, especially if you begin by comparing this show, with the ones available today. Come to think of it, here was a serial, which had very little production value in terms of its sets, locations and costume design , lacked subtlety or nuance when it came to its screenplay and to make things worse, featured unknown actors many of the side actors, I am sure, were non-actors.
In short, a perfect recipe for disaster. Yet here I am, enjoying this supposedly lesser work of art, over a cup of coffee, on a lazy Sunday evening.
After giving it much thought, I concluded, that perhaps its these little flaws, which made the show lovable. Moreover, for all you know, this might have been a well thought out strategy, on the part of its writer, to keep the audience engaged.
Well, to understand this aspect better, we must delve a little into the history of the TV show. Pic credit: amazon. To illustrate this point better, as a reader or audience, you are not given much in terms of the background of its lead characters, namely Byomkesh or his partner Ajit.
What were their family backgrounds? Where did they come from? There are hints that are doled out, but a lot is left to the imagination of the audience. Here is an interesting discussion on this topic on the YouTube channel — Film Companion.
Click the link to take you to the video Hence, one had to read between the lines and draw his or her own conclusions. But that said, there was no compulsion to do so because the story itself was so engaging and unique, that it had ability to keep the audience hooked till the end.
Hence, many a times, he would use unconventional methods not always playing by the rule book to get to the truth. He also had his own flaws and vulnerabilities.
Perhaps, it is this characterization which made Byomkesh both relatable and aspirational to the young Indian audience of the 90s. His strategy, it seems was to stick to the original text of Sharadindu. Thus, he does not waste time on unnecessary nuance and presented the story, as it was written.
This explains the use of non-actors to play the roles of inconsequential side actors. But for him to have taken that risk, he must have had full conviction in the power of these stories, written by Sharadindu. And, the strategy worked! There is no single ordained way of telling a story. Each to his own and you never know what might work? Pic credit: Doordarshan National. Chatterjee however, ensured that the main characters in these episodes were played by experienced actors because they had a pivotal role to play in the storytelling and to drive the narrative forward.
Another interesting fact, worth highlighting, is the casting of the lead actors. At the time when the serial was released in , the lead actors Rajit Kapoor Byomkesh and S. Raina Ajit were unknown faces to the larger Indian audience. This casting worked brilliantly because for a Pan India audience there was no reference point. In other words, they had no expectations.
In that context, he was our very own Indian version of Sherlock Holmes. Sharadindu penned 32 Byomkesh Bakshi stories between to Interestingly, he had abruptly stopped writing Byomkesh stories in and had left for Bombay to write film scripts. But such was the popularity of these stories, that he resumed writing them in and continued doing so, until his untimely death in His stories were generally short and had an unexpected twist in the end.
The TV series directed by Basu Chatterjee was first aired in Season 1, comprised of 14 episodes and Season 2 which was aired in , comprised of 20 episodes. These films along with his celebrated TV series, is still watched in India because they are regarded as classics. We have had great writers in the past who have left us a treasure trove to choose from, yet it seems there is a dearth of good content. Adapted screenplays, based on the writings of celebrated writers, make it to the Oscars every year and they are an important part of the filmmaking culture of many countries.
For some mysterious reason, our filmmakers have conveniently stayed away from the literature available at their disposal and stuck to a formula of milking the same cow, again and again! Source material: wikipedia.
Although Satyanveshi is not the first Byomkesh Bakshi story that Saradindu Bandyopadhyay wrote, fans of the super-sleuth often consider it the first in the series. This is because Ajit Bandyopadhyay, the narrator of the detective series, first meets Byomkesh in this story. The story is not remarkable because it has an intricate plot. On the contrary, the plot is rather simple and because there are only a handful of major characters, suspicion immediately falls on one of them. In Satyanveshi, Byomkesh Bakshi first introduces himself as Atulchandra Mitra, a young man in Kolkata Calcutta, in those days in search of a job. Later, to gather substantial evidence to convict the suspected criminal, he sets a trap for the villain.
The Man Who Called Himself “Satyanveshi” (Truth Seeker) | Byomkesh Bakshi | Back to 90s
Member feedback about Rituparno Ghosh: Pratul even offers to pay the entire rent, if allowed to do so. For the film, see Satyanweshi film. Satyanweshi One night Ashwini Babu is murdered and Pratul gets arrested. The hostel is run by a philanthropic homeopathic doctor, Anukul Babu.
Plot[ edit ] Ajit Bandyopadhyay lives in a hostel, along with some other people. Ashwini Babu and Ghanshyam Babu are two of the hostel inmates; they live next to Ajit. The hostel is run by a philanthropic homeopathic doctor, Anukul Babu. Ajit has recently become aware of some murders that have happened in their locality. They seemed to have been done by the same person, possibly a serial killer. One morning a young man named Atul Chandra Mitra comes to Anukul Babu, looking for a vacant room in the hostel.