Abar Bomkesh Review
The beauty of Byomkesh is that he is married. Its a pity Saradindu never ever explored that aspect wholeheartedly in any of his stories or novels, but Anjan Dutta latches on to that aspect and uses it splendidly to provide a wonderful spicy sauce into an otherwise mundane whodunnit. We all have read Chitrochor. We all have watched it also, so it had to be re-invented and presented with something extra to make it entertaining and the USP is Satyabati and Byomkesh's relationship. Their pert squabbles and Ajit getting sandwiched in the middle is beautifully exhibited and the Byomkesh- Ajit bonhomie is just exquisite and then just as an extra dollop of caramel comes with the picturesque scenery of the Dooars and brilliant cinematography capturing it. Yes Loved it absolutely. Found the end a little jarring, where Byomkesh dons a Kiriti garb and flaunts a pistol and a Mexican Stand-off ensues in a railway station. Maybe that was Anjan Dutta's way of paying homage to Sergio Leone in some bizarre way, but apart from that No Complaints. Loved Abar Byomkesh with a capital L-O-V-E.Much better than the previous one - this is nearly rare distilled scotch, and a giant step towards the right direction. This is the way we want to see our beloved Byomkesh in the future and and all his stories explored once again, so that this generation gets exposed to such wonderful literature. Hope a boy in our X- Z or Y generation leaves his IPOD, GAMES and POKEMON and gets provoked to pick up a Saradindu story and give it a read. I think tonight, I will start with The Porcupine Prick (Sojarur Kaata) :D Jokes apart - Money well spent and really nice - Abar Byomkesh is definitely a definite watch!