Byomkesh Bakshi TV Series. Episodes 14-16

Episode 14 A,B: Aadim Shatru

Time Period: 1955

Plot of the case: A rich publisher is found to be murdered on the night of Diwali. He adopts a son before the death and the question of property arises here. He has two vagrant nephews and a drunkard friend. Byomkesh goes about solving the case in a logical manner. There is a arms dealer involved in the story as well.

This is the beginning of the second season of the series. There is only the time period mentioned in the cases. Places are not mentioned like they were in the first series.

Episode 15: Aag aur Patanga

Time Period: 1956

Plot of the case: A bit of adultery makes it appearance in this episode. A rich man is found dead the day after throwing a lavish party. It’s found that his second wife is pregnant as well. The suspicion points towards a lot of people. Byomkesh needs to go to a place to find the antecedents of a few people.

It’s very difficult to judge the motive and the suspect in this case. The episode plays out well and the final reveal comes out as a shock for us.

Episode 16: Vansh ka Khoon

Time Period: 1956

Plot of the case: A man comes to Byomkesh with an offer to investigate his death after he is murdered. He also knows who might murder him but wants Byomkesh to reveal it. He is found to be murdered at the doorstep of his house. For a man with money and philandering ways, he might have a lot of enemies. There is a lot of digging that Byomkesh does but to no avail.

Finally, Byomkesh finds out the reason, motive and the murderer with the help of the birthdate of the murderer

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Byomkesh Bakshi TV Series. Episodes 10-13

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Episode 10 : Upsanhaar

Time Period : 1945, Calcutta

Plot of the case : This is an episode in which storylines from two episodes are borrowed – Satyanweshi and Agnibaan. Good job is done in combining them both. A character from Byomkesh’s past comes back to haunt him and to track him down, Byomkesh is forced to play dead. There is no mystery in this as the key elements are given out mid-way into the episode, but the execution is near perfect.

Episode 11 : Tasvir Chor

Time Period : 1951, North Bihar

Plot of the case : In strange circumstances, the photograph of the people who went on a picnic goes missing from whoever has a copy. To add to the mystery, the negative goes missing as well. This is one of the cases where everyone involved is a suspect. The mystery isn’t given out till the end. To add to the suspense, there is a murder that is made to look like a suicide. The reveal is a bit of a surprise and when Byomkesh explains his modus operandi, we wonder how did we miss it all along

Episode 12 : Kile ka Rahasya

Time Period : 1952, North Bihar

Plot of the case : A professor is found to be dead of a snake bite. A few years ago, a woman was also found to be dead of the snake bite. Like in Tasvir Chor, this is also an episode where most characters are suspects. Family members, family history and how Byomkesh finds out the hidden treasure form the core of this episode. We also see in this episode that Byomkesh and Satyavati have a baby

Episode 13 A,B : Chiriya Ghar

Time Period : 1953, Calcutta

Plot of the case : A retired judge invites Byomkesh to his colony on finding parts of Motor Vehicles thrown at his house. It’s a unique colony because the occupants are all people who have been given a chance to redeem themselves from the mistakes committed in the past. As Byomkesh is making inroads into the case, the judge is found to be dead. It was in fact a murder that was made to look like a natural death because of blood pressure. A deaf occupant of the colony is also murdered later. Like in the previous couple of episodes, every character is a suspect and there is a reveal about every character that shocks us. Terrific acting and explanation of how Byomkesh zeroes in on the murderer make this episode a fitting finale to the first season.

Looking at the episodes, they gain steam as we get deeper into the narrative of Byomkesh Bakshi. “What was extraordinary about the experience was that we didn’t shoot BB episode wise; it was shot like a film,” says Rajit Kapur to Hindustan Times. That revelation is surprising because the intensity in each of the episodes is superb and difficult to maintain.

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Byomkesh Bakshi TV Series. Episodes 7-9

Byomkesh Bakshi TV Series. Episodes 7-9

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Episode 7 : Laal Neelam
Time Period : 1936, Calcutta
Plot of the case : There is a murder at a rich man’s house. His secretary is murdered brutally. In addition to piercing his chest with a knife, his throat is also slit. 8 years ago, a robbery at the rich man’s house leads to him losing all the jewels. He is particularly interested in a red sapphire for which he announces a reward of 5000₹ as well. How these seemingly unrelated incidents are related is how the episode goes. This is probably one of the episodes with least intrigue because we know that the man spoken about at the beginning of the episode would do something and the identity of the murderer is revealed halfway.

Episode 8 : Bhoot
Time Period : 1936, Mungair
Plot of the case : A jeweller who is rich and parsimonious is found to be dead in his room on the first floor. He has left all his fortune to his niece. She is married to a reprobate. For 12 days after his death, police kept a watch on the house. It was let out after that and the tenant keeps seeing what the place considers to be a ghost. Though the jeweller was murdered the jewels, which he always kept at home, are presumed to be missing. Starting from Laal Neelam there seem to be two separate tracks in an episode.

Episode 9 : Agnibaan
Time Period : 1944, Calcutta
Plot of the case : In 1993, we didn’t have keyboard warriors as there wasn’t internet at that time. Yet, since the story was set in 1944, they acknowledge the Second World War happening at the time. This is a case where daughter of the professor next door is found to be dead in a sitting position. After a few days of investigation as Byomkesh zeroes in on the perpetrator of the crime, the son of the house is found to be dead. This mystery is intertwined nicely with how insurance leads to an increase of greed in man.

These set of three episodes are where the author consciously tries to lead the reader/viewer down the wrong track.

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Byomkesh Bakshi TV Series. Episodes 4-6

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Episode 4 : Makdi ka Ras

Time Period : 1934, Calcutta

Plot of the case: Byomkesh is immersed in a case which was troubling him from long. Ajit suggests that they should go and take a walk. Byomkesh agrees and they go to a park. Ajit stumbles upon a friend, Mohan, who is a doctor. Upon knowing that Byomkesh Bakshi is with him, he narrates the problem of a household he visits as a doctor. Nandulal Babu, is in habit of taking Tarantula juice and despite all the methods tried out by them, they can’t rid him of the habit. Byomkesh solves the case easily, but the suspense is intriguing for a while.

Early in the episode, it seems as if they are trying to veer Byomkesh in the Sherlock way but that concern is quashed pretty easily.

Episode 5 : Wasiyat

Time Period : 1935, Calcutta

Plot of the case : A rich man has a fortune and no direct heirs for the fortune. He has four nephews and one niece. All of them stay with him. He is temperamental in nature and keeps changing the will for his property on the prevailing mood. He is murdered with the help of a needle and piercing it in a sensitive area at the back of the neck. The suspicion falls on everybody.

Byomkesh is assigned this case by the commissioner and the police officer in charge is impatient. This is one of those cases where the identity of the murderer isn’t revealed till the end. Also, this is the episode where he meets his future wife, Satyavati.

Episode 6 : Reth ka Daldal 

Time Period : 1936, North Bengal

Plot of the case : Byomkesh, on a vacation, meets a Zamindar. There are some mysterious incidents taking place under his (irresponsible) watch. A man who has been entrusted with the responsibility of teaching his daughter runs away with 6000 rupees and 4 years account books and is presumed dead. The Zamindar, Himangshu, requests Byomkesh to solve the case. While it doesn’t seem straightforward it becomes evident after a certain incident as to who the culprit is.

Byomkesh Bakshi TV Series Episodes 1-3

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Byomkesh Bakshi is a fictional detective created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay. Most of the people wouldn’t have read the book but it was popularised by the Television series aired on Doordarshan over 2 seasons.

Byomkesh Bakshi was played with èlan by Rajit Kapoor. His sidekick was played by KK Raina. His character was called Ajit Kumar Bannerji. While the stories and the way they move ahead seem clearly inspired by Sherlock Holmes, Rajit Kapoor puts his own spin on the character and makes it worth remembering. There are 32 episodes of this detective. The good thing about detective series back then was the fact that they were all played by brilliant actors.

I would try to make a list of the episodes  and make a gist of it without giving out the solution to the case or the twists involved.

Episode 1 : Satyanveshi 

This is the first episode of the first season and we see Byomkesh Bakshi with a stubble and volunteering to help the police with a case in a locality in Calcutta.

Plot of the case : There are mysterious deaths in a locality in Calcutta and Byomkesh wants to solve them or thinks that he has the ability to solve them. He checks in to a lodge in the locality. As he is entering the lodge, he sees a dead body. It’s here that he meets Ajit for the first time. All the occupants of the lodge are viewed as suspects at one point or the other. The mystery unravels after an occupant of the lodge is found murdered in his room.

Here Byomkesh sets a trend that we see repeating itself  in a few episodes. He doesn’t want to be referred as a detective or a jasoos, but would want to call himself as a ‘Satyanveshi’ – someone who finds the truth in the situation or itches to find the truth in a situation.

Episode 2 : Raaste ka kanta 

From this episode on they had timestamps for when the incidents occurred

Time period : 1933, Calcutta

Plot of the case : By this story, Ajit has moved into the house of Byomkesh and while glancing over a newspaper, Byomkesh comes across an instance of murder with the aid of a gramophone pin. While talking about it, an elderly man comes to them with a gramophone pin and tells them that he survived only because he had a clock-piece in his pocket. Byomkesh follows him on his way back and finds out that he has an affair with a danseuse. He also finds out that the danseuse in collusion with the lawyer wanted to bump the old man off as they find out that the will is written in her name. They get to read an ad in the paper advertised as ‘Raaste ka kaanta’ and want to find more about the person.  The person asks them to come to a specific place at an appointed hour.

Quite a simple case if you keep a tab on the number of people who appear in the episode.

Episode 3 : Seemant Heera

Time period : 1934, North Bengal – Calcutta 

Plot of the case : There is no mystery aspect in this case.  It’s a simple case. Probably also the episode where the series had its biggest star – Utpal Dutt. A zamindar invites Byomkesh to find a missing diamond. He also tells them who stole it. The challenge for Byomkesh is to find it and return it to the zamindar. There is a lot of one-upmanship between Byomkesh and the sculptor. How Byomkesh finds out where the diamond is hidden is a little farcical.

Probably the most simple episode of the series. No mystery attached to the episode at all

If you want to read more about Rajit Kapur playing Byomkesh Bakshi, you can read this article in Elle magazine titled Being Byomkesh Bakshi

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