Yash Raj Films presents one of 2015’s most anticipated releases Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, a darkly compelling, pulp noir opening in cinemas worldwide on 3rd April 2015.
Directed by Dibakar Banerjee Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is a gripping, Indian crime thriller based on the pursuits of the fictional, detective character famous in Indian literature. Sushant Singh Rajput, features in the title role alongside Anand Tiwari and Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee in principal roles, supported by an exceptional ensemble including Divya Menon, Neeraj Kabi, Meiyang Chang, Mark Bennington and Shivam.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is based on Saradindu Bandyopadhyay’s popular fictional detective, Byomkesh Bakshy and presents a contemporary interpretation of Calcutta during the 1940’s. This first of its kind detective film is an adventure thriller mired in deep political intrigue. A young, astute and intelligent Byomkesh, fresh out of college, pits himself against a mega world villain, depending more on his intuition and instinct rather than concrete proof to solve the case, sometimes sidestepping the law if needed.
Rude. Arrogant. Charming. Genius.
Byomkesh Bakshy is a man everyone loves to hate. A habitual non-conformist, Byomkesh is forever trying to make sense of the world around him. He cares for nothing else but truth; once found and he loses interest. It is the pursuit, the hunt which interests him. Byomkesh has almost photographic memory, and does not let go of a mystery until he has solved it for himself. Currently obsessed with his first case – the disappearance of a genius chemist.
He is short of two things in life – friends & love. While working on the case, Byomkesh becomes friends with Ajit Bannerjee, and their friendship grows to be legendary. The other lacunae in his life, love, is fulfilled by Satyawati, a woman who is an equal match to him in intelligence, character & strength.
AJIT BANERJEE (ANAND TIWARI)
Pursuing MA in Bangla Literature from Vidyasadan College. An aspiring writer, and a body-builder by hobby. Son of the genius chemist Bhuban Banerjee, who has suddenly gone missing.
SATYAWATI (DIVYA MENON)
The sister of Sukumar and niece to Gajanan Sikdar. The only one in the house who can stop uncle & nephew from jumping at each other’s throats. She is young, quiet, demure – yet one can clearly see her sharp intelligence and strong will.
ANGURI DEVI (SWASTIKA MUKHERJEE)
Heartthrob of Bengal. Her films fan riots on the opening weekend. When she sheds on tear on screen, rivers flow on the street. When she dies, her fans slit their wrists. When she sings, hearts break. Her face launches everything from beauty soaps to diamond jewellery. Her politically connected lover Gajanan Sikdar backs her with influence and money. Yet why do they say that she does tragic roles best?
DR. ANUKUL GUHA (NEERAJ KABI)
The philanthropic homeopath and the owner/manager of Mahamaya Boarding House. He runs the boarding house like clockwork, has each boarders needs at his fingertips, helps the poor with free medicine, and is the only one who commands the respect of the rather arrogant new boarder Byomkesh Bakshy.
DCDD WILKIE (MARK BENNINGTON)
One of the sharpest Detectives to ever sit in Lalbazar. No one can figure him out. Some hate him for his ruthlessness. But many say he loves Calcutta. He is known to disguise himself and walk freely through the dangerous neighborhoods to keep up with the latest. But ever since the biggest shipment of Opium to land in Calcutta from Shanghai disappeared mysteriously from the riverside – he is a very worried man.
KANAI DAO (MEIYANG CHANG)
The Chinese opium trader (licensed) who found his home among the Bengalis at Mahamaya Lodge, loves fish curry, speaks Bangla fluently and has even changed his chinese name! He is on the lookout for someone called Cheng Ling. Cheng Ling who?
DR WATANABE (TAKANORI KIKUCHI)
The mysterious Japanese dentist residing in a tony apartment in white town. He could pull your teeth out with a pair of pliers, but he prefers practicing with a sword after lunch.
GAJANAN SIKDAR (DR KAUSHIK GHOSH)
Legislative Council member from the Amar Bengal Party that has shot to prominence suddenly in the last three years. No one knows how he in such short time he became so rich, politically powerful, and the special man in the life of the silver screen heartthrob Anguri Devi! Rumor has it that though in public he bays for the British Government’s blood, actually he is hand in glove with them.
SUKUMAR GHOSH (SHIVAM)
Nephew of Gajanan Sikdar. Young, firebrand leader of the new Jai Bengal Party, which split from Gajanan Sikdar’s Amar Bengal Party a few weeks ago. Sukumar doesn’t lose a single opportunity to heap scorn at his uncle’s character and his political compromises. Clearly, all is not well in the family!
PUNTIRAM (PRADIPTO KUMAR CHAKRABORTY)
Without him mahamaya boarding house will stop functioning. He cooks, cleans, serves, dusts and knows the perfect recipe for Byomkesh’s potato fries.
ASHWINI BABU (ARINDOL BAGCHI)
The mournful, lost ex roommate of Bhuban Banerjee. He has not been the same since Bhuban Babu went missing. Cant sleep at night and keeps asking for for Bhuban Babu’s trademark paan masala he used to love having every day when Bhuban was around.
PRAFULLA RAI (ANINDYA BANERJEE)
Insurance agent and the local wit at Mahamaya Boarding Lodge. He thinks he knows it all but does not have any proof!