Byomkesh Hatyamancha Review: Performance is the most substantial part of this mystery thriller

Director: Arindam Sil

Byomkesh Hatyamancha Cast:

Abir Chatterjee, Sohini Sarkar, Suhotra Mukhopadhyay, Paoli Dam, Kinjal Nanda, Arna Mukhopadhyay, Padmanabha Dasgupta

Release Date:

Byomkesh Hatyamancha was released in theatres on 11th August 2022.

Byomkesh Hatyamancha Review: Story, Performance & Analysis

Byomkesh Hatyamancha is a Bengali mystery thriller film based on Saradindu Bandopadhyay's incomplete novel Bishupal Bawdh. Arindam Sil and Padmanabha Dasgupta completed the story to create an engaging whodunit.

Set in Bengal during the turbulent year of 1971, the film masterfully captures the essence of the era, including the Naxalite movement, thanks to the excellent cinematography by Anirban Chatterjee.

The film revolves around the sudden death of a famous actor, Bishu Pal (Kinjal Nanda), during a screening of Keechak Badh at Gandharba Theatre in Hatibagan. Byomkesh (Abir Chatterjee), his wife Satyabati (Sohini Sarkar), his assistant Ajit (Suhotra Mukhopadhyay), and a good neighbor Pratulbabu (Padmanabha Dasgupta) are present in the theatre and are stunned by the incident. Byomkesh is then assigned the task of solving the case and finding the murderer.

The performance of the actors is the strongest aspect of Byomkesh Hatyamancha. Abir Chatterjee as Byomkesh, Sohini Sarkar as Satyabati, and Paoli Dam as Sulochana deliver outstanding performances. Suhotra Mukhopadhyay as Ajit and Anusha Viswanathan as Somaria are convincing in their respective roles. Padmanabha Dasgupta and Loknath Dey provide good support with their characters.

However, the story lacks major twists to keep the audience engaged throughout, and the characters of Ajit and Sulochana deserved more focus. Nonetheless, Abir Chatterjee's impressive portrayal of Byomkesh and director Arindam Sil's execution make the film worth watching.

Byomkesh Hatyamancha is the fourth film in Sil's Byomkesh series after Har Byomkesh, Byomkesh Pawrbo, and Byomkesh Gotro. The consistency in the casting of Abir Chatterjee as Byomkesh and Sohini Sarkar as Satyabati is a plus. As per Sil, Abir Chatterjee plays the character of Byomkesh Bakshi in the best possible way, and I agree with this sentiment. Although there have been many actors playing Byomkesh Bakshi in Bengali films over the years, Abir Chatterjee stands out with his X factor.

Overall, Byomkesh Hatyamancha is a one-time watch for fans of mystery thrillers, particularly those who enjoy the genre's classic whodunit style. Despite the story's loopholes, the excellent performances and strong execution make it an enjoyable viewing experience.


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