Arindam Sil Exclusive: “Byomkesh Hatyamancha” is a multi-layered story of affection, betrayal, homicide and infidelity set within the early 70’s | Bengali Movie News
Arindam Sil is pleased to see his upcoming movie Byomkesh Hatyamancha making the right noise ahead of its release next week. And why not? It was no walk in the park for his team to recreate the atmosphere of early 1970s Kolkata for the film and complete filming in less than a month.
Arindam’s fourth Byomkesh film is set against the infamous Naxalite uprising of the 70’s and the film attempts to chronicle the time in which it is set.
The top director who previously delivered “Byomkesh Gotro”, “Har Har Byomkesh”, “Byomkesh Pawrbo” also shares that he left no stone unturned to bring back this tumultuous era when Kolkata of the time was tormented by the Naxalite movement became.
Based on Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s incomplete story “Bishupal Bodh” which was later completed by Sil himself and Padmanabha Dasgupta, the detective thriller follows a murder on stage during a play that Byomkesh Bakshi wanted to see.
Taking a look at what to expect from the film, Arindam said, “It’s a multi-layered tale of love, betrayal, murder and infidelity. How Byomkesh, the archetypal Bengali detective, solves the case is the crux of the story. It will also show how the Naxalite movement led to an all-pervasive impact in society, even in the theater community.”
Arindam went on to reveal that amid the tumultuous movement of the Naxalites, he had to recreate a violent bomb blast scene in the city. There was also graffiti with slogans like “Tomar naam, amar naam Vietnam” and “Bonduker nal khamotar utso”.
“The streets were filled with such slogans at the time because Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh was a popular name in Bengal at the time for opposing the invading American troops in the Vietnam War.
“We also recreated a politically charged milieu in Calcutta at the beginning of the 1970s with wall inscriptions in the studio. The shoot was completed within a month. But I’m so excited for the result. My mission was simple. We have to bring back the atmosphere of the 70’s, 1971 to be more precise,” he said.
While Abir Chatterjee takes on the role of Byomkesh Bakshi and Sohini Sarkar as his wife Satyabati, Suhotra Mukherjee will be the new Ajit, Byomkesh’s trusted friend and companion. Paoli Dam, Kainjal Nanda and Arna Mukhopadhyay also play central roles in the Byomkesh flick.
“Preserving the uniqueness and flavor of Byomkesh Bakshi was indeed a tricky task for all of us. Let’s hope audiences like how we made the film and continued the story,” he said.
Music maestro Bickram Ghosh composed the music for ‘Byomkesh Hatyamancha’ and as in every Arindam Sil, director’s music and background music will play a central role in this film.