VERY recently, hoichoi Original, a SVF New Media’s maiden venture launched its first web series of Byomkesh where the first episode of the much-awaited detective drama and the official trailer was unveiled. Byomkesh is one of the most celebrated Bengali fictional detective characters created by Saradindu Bandopadhyay. As per reports, it is an amalgamation of six stories divided into three episodes. Set in 1930s, the series is based on the adventures of Byomkesh and his friend and biographer Ajit, who usually accompanies the former during his investigations. The series are directed by Sayantan Ghosal and casts Anirban Bhattacharya portraying the protagonist, Subrat Dutta playing Ajit, and Ridhima Ghosh as Satyabati.
While the first episode of Byomkesh was based on the stories of Satyanweshi and Pother Kanta, the second episode had started streaming on the platform from 21 October adapting Makorshar Rosh and Arthamanartham.
Bhattacharya, known for his performances in films such as Eagoler Chokh and Dhanonjoy, was essaying the role of the dhoti-clad detective, a creation of acclaimed author Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. “Web series can be called an extension of feature films. The difference between cinema and TV does not exist between cinema and web series as far as shooting is concerned,” said Bhattacharya.
The actor feels the web platform has a wider reach through apps that can be downloaded on mobile handsets. Ghosal is confident about the success of the series and is not intimidated by the fact that the popular series had been adapted several times in the past. “I was not intimidated by the thought that films on Byomkesh Bakshi had been made by big names in the film industry. I did the scripting of the web series and fleshed it out the way I had visualised. The sleuth or his friends are no aliens to me,” he added at the launch.
The episodes can be seen on any device with net connection after paying subscription fees.
Arthamanartham — Murder for inheritance?
Karali Basu, a wealthy man has been killed in a bizarre fashion by a needle that only a person with a sound knowledge of anatomy can perform. The five suspects that arise are the victim’s three nephews and his sister-in-law’s children, namely, Sukumar and Satyabati.
Byomkesh learns that Karali was murdered with a motive to claim his inheritance. When Sukumar emerges as the prime suspect, his sister Satyabati rushes to Byomkesh and claims that her brother is innocent. Will Byomkesh be able to decipher who committed this premeditated murder?
Makorshar Rosh — An addiction like no other!
Meanwhile, Byomkesh meets Ajit’s friend Mohan who is a family physician of Nandadulal, an elderly man. Nandadulal has a weakness, a peculiar habit; He is addicted to the juice of a poisonous spider, Tarantula.
Despite keeping him away from visitors and under strict watch, it is a mystery how he is still able to get his hands on the poison, every time.