What is the story about?
Byomkesh, Ajit and Satyavati visit the estate of Kumar Tridib on a vacation. Kumar Tridib introduces Byomkesh to the hunting-crazy Himangshu, the zamindar of the nearby Chorabali estate. Himangshu is grappling with a robbery in his treasury, as well as the sudden disappeareance of Harinath, his daughter's tutor. Does Byomkesh solve this?
Byomkesh is in its seventh season now, and there's little novelty to be expected in Hoichoi's blockbuster franchise these days. That being said, there's a reason why the audience might get misty-eyed a bit. The story adapted in this season is Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's Chorabali, which was also the basis for the late Rituparno Ghosh's last film, Satyanweshi. Director Soumik Halder, however, adds his own signature touch here, by keeping proceedings on slow-burn mode, and letting his leading man take centrestage. By now, Anirban Bhattacharya has become a huge brand thanks to this franchise, and this is a character he can play in his sleep. The repartee he shares with Suprabhat Das's Ajit is on point, though his marriage seems to be sidelined in Sougata Basu's screenplay. But things motor along at a gripping pace, and this time, Hoichoi thankfully keeps it limited to a couple of episodes. Overall, it's an enjoyable affair.
Besides Bhattacharya and Das, the other actor to watch out for is Chandan Sen as Kaligati, the dewan of the Chorabali estate. Sen brings his years of experience to this role, infusing it with a certain dignity and shrewdness. Arjun Chakraborty is solid as the impatient Himangshu, while Ushasi Ray gets a bit role as his wife Imon. Kinjal Nanda is okay as Kumar Tridib. However, Ridhima Ghosh's Satyavati hardly gets any screen time.
Music & Other Departments
The cinematography is lovely, making the jungles of north Bengal come alive. The background score is alright. However, the VFX could have been better.
The sequence where Himangshu shoots a tea-cup blindfolded is shot very well. Also Anirban and Chandan's turns are excellent.
VFX could have been better
No room for Satyavati in the screenplay
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
Go for it if you're a fan of the Byomkesh franchise.