Abir Chatterjee turned many shades grey to play Byomkesh Bakshi, in an original story based on the sleuth, scripted and directed by Debaloy Bhattacharya titled Bidaay Byomkesh, which releases on July 20. Though Sohini Sarkar has stayed on as his screen-wife Satyabati, there is a twist in the tale. In a double role, young Abir also makes his presence felt as Byomkesh’s grandson Satyaki, whose girlfriend Tunna is also played by Sohini. “The film goes on to show how the elderly Byomkesh deals with a crisis that falls upon his family. Is it a new beginning for the detective? Or will his grandson carry forward the baton?” says Debaloy, who is a big Byomkesh fan and had finished reading all the stories by Class XI.
“I was really heart-broken then. Over the years I re-read them. As I grew older, I started connecting with Byomkesh all the more. As I was working on this story I felt there was no point in going back to the 1940s and 1950s. So I wanted to bring him to my time. Also it’s my take on the genre. We have seen deconstructions of Sherlock Holmes and I was trying to open up new ways of telling stories,” adds Debaloy as he takes t2 through some key moments.