Yash Raj Films have released the firs trailer of Dibakar Banerjee’s eagerly-anticipated World War 2-era crime thriller ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’.
The film is adapted from Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s acclaimed books about a fictional detective, widely considered India’s answer to Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
Sushant Singh Rajput stars as Bakshi, complete with jaunty moustache, dhoti and socks.
Banerjee has brought a fittingly noirish feel to the story which is set in Calcutta circa 1943, a time of tremendous upheaval in the region – Bakshy may be hunting for a missing person but Dibakar’s adaptation seems to drip with context.
Rajput is joined by theatre star Anand Tiwari and stunning Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee whose character, according to Banerjee, resembles that of Mata Hari the beautiful real life Dutch temptress and World War 1-era spy.
Whilst the film is broadly based on Bandyopadhyay’s original 1932 – 1970 detective stories, Banerjee has taken plenty of liberties with the level of violence and sexuality in the film, according to reports and it certainly shows.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy hits cinemas 3 April 2015.