Starring: Sujoy Ghosh, Anindya Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Arpita Chatterjee
Directed by Rituparno Ghosh
The problem in Rituparno Ghosh’s last film is a haunting presence of Rituparno Ghosh’s absence. The audience cannot forget even for a moment that the film was posthumously completed when the director died before post-production. Though this may seem unrelated to the movie, it is really a reflection of the script’s weakness. A crime thriller without the gripping power that forces the audience to transcend the director’s absence clearly lacks something. The ingredients were all there. A royal family. A jungle and distant cries of nocturnal wild beasts. A missing person. Several suspects, human and otherwise. But, unfortunately, Rituparno takes this tale—based on Saradindu Bandyopadhyay’s Chorabali, featuring the sleuth Bymokesh Bakshi—and treats it with a kind of tired disdain where all the characters appear to turn into mere props in a Rituparno period film. Sujoy Ghosh, who debuts as an actor and plays the lead, is not convincing as Byomkesh. There are also loopholes in the logic of clues, as there are loose ends. So much so that even the final moment of truth, when it arrives, leaves more questions. The value of Rituparno’s Satyanweshi, or ‘Seeker of Truth’, rests in its being the last of an oeuvre, not its best.
I was disappointed after reading the review of Rituparno Ghosh’s Satyanweshi (Glitterati, Sep 23). I hoped that the film would match up to Ray’s Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress) and Joy Baba Felunath (The Elephant Goddess).
really disappointing to read the review...I was hoping for a Byomkesh film to match up to the Sonar Kella-Joy Baba Felunath levels
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