Byomkesh Phire Elo is the third installment in the Byomkesh Series of films directed by Anjan Dutta and after a somewhat lukewarm Abar Byomkesh, this is a ravishing return to form for Dutta. This film might also mark, Abir’s last essay as Byomkesh for the obvious reason that he is now essaying the role of Feluda in Sandip Ray directed film “Badshahi Angti” and will continue to do so in the future films. The film seamlessly slips into the trilogy with each and every character progressing in their lives just as the passing time frame should have made them do, with the case coming in at a juncture when Byomkesh is still ripe from solving the case of “Agnivaan”.
The film starts off with an introduction from Ajit (Saswata Chatterjee) as always as the narrative begins to unravel the story of Benimadhab (Biswajit Chakraborty) an aged yet rich businessman who in a black and white flashback trusts Byomkesh with the case to investigate his family members. He believes that they are up to no good and are in the process of murdering him for his wealth. His suspicions get wings when he repeatedly falls ill after eating food prepared by his family members and begins to think that his only confidant is none other than his loyal servant Meghraj. He subsequently orders him to bring home his wife who would then prepare food for them all. Within a matter of time Benimadhab and his servant Meghraj are murdered bringing Byomkesh Bakshi to the fore for investigating the matter.
In his investigation, Byomkesh finds an eclectic mix of characters in Benimadhab’s family each with almost a motive to kill the man and each gaining from his death. However further investigation tightens the noose on the servant’s wife Medini (Ankita Chakraborty) who turns out to be the object of desire of more than one family member in the Benimadhab household. She seems to be the one hiding some truth at the same time being the catalyst in the gruesome murders. Another person in doubt is Benimadhab’s radical grandchild Mokorondo (Subhra Sourav Das (Louis)) who is also the one to have threatened Benimadhab with dire consequences for the way he has treated him time and again.
The ladies are tight lipped but at the same time they never leave a chance to eavesdrop. The only person who seems clean and is also a help for the investigation is Sanath (Rahul Banerjee) in him Byomkesh finds one man in the household who doesn’t withhold information from him instead helps him in everyway possible. In the midst of all this Byomkesh is also dealing with a sick son and his inability to concentrate in the case for his wife constant attack on him for not being a father in need. Ajit too takes a back seat this time leaving him on his own to solve the case.
Byomkesh Phire Elo has a meaty storyline which was the basic problem with Abar Byomkesh. Based on the story “Veni Sanhar” by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, the film has a lot of matter in hand which Anjan Dutta puts to good use. This is a film which is approached more as a family drama than a murder mystery which I believe serves the audiences well. The film is unpredictable and takes some sharp twists and turns which makes it further enjoyable. The balance of the doubt keeps swaying from one character to another which in conjunction with their wonderful performances makes the film believable and at times thrilling.
Abir is top notch as Byomkesh. He shows his dadagiri at many junctures which highlights the upper hand that he has on the others owing to his superior intellect and deducing prowess. Without the support of Saswata this time around, his character gets more room to flap his wings and he does so in style. Subhra Sourav Das (Louis) is noticeable. His rendering of Mokorondo is unbelievably good and powerful. Biswajit Chakraborty, who is a regular in Byomkesh films does his bit in a role which sets the tone for the rest of the movie. He is wonderful in his short essay. Kaushik Sen who played the main antagonist of Abar Byomkesh has a bitter sweet role here which has to be seen to be enjoyed. He in so many ways ends up on the wrong side of the law and yet comes out clean in the end. I loved the way Ankita Chakraborty took to the role of Medini. She is the pinnacle of the story and her performance was worthy of the importance that her role has been given.
Overall, Byomkesh Phire Elo is triumph for the cast and crew and the director alike. With a solid screenplay and a bygone era to play with, Dutta has again conjured up a film which has immense re-see value for the performances and the sheer beauty of it. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who have a knack for thrillers or period pieces sprinkled with drama. I personally loved it to the core and I believe the same will be the case with anyone who has enjoyed the previous films.