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Posted 10/28/11 - 1:20 PM:
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Yes, you got me right this time. I am talking about nerdy, bespectacled, brilliant detective with male pattern baldness and a husky voice that makes many of you nostalgic about those good old days. These features in my mind are essentially the features of Rajit Kapur, who played Byomkesh Bakshi, in one of the best detective television series of all times. This series had some 33 episodes telecast on DD national in India in early 1990s.

My young self used to eagerly wait for episodes every week. Byomkesh Bakshi is a ‘Satyanveshi’ (Seeker of Truth) by his own admission. He is driven by his urge to unveil truth hidden under many layers of mystery. Byomkesh has such an air of simplicity about him and such impeccable style of investigation that no other Indian detective protagonist on TV or on big screen has ever come anywhere near to him. Byomkesh Bakshi is fond of tea and he often asks for tea when he is investigating. Rajit Kapur did justice with the role and the direction by Basu Chatterji was good enough, if not excellent.

There are many good stories and Rajit Kapur plays a good raconteur at the end of each episode to unravel the mystery of the crime, since his method is mostly intuitive during the investigation and gives almost no clues to his associates about his leads until the very end.

My first viewing in my early childhood did not make me reflect on a very hilariously comical; even flagrant error by the director of these episodes. This time I observed that police officers are wearing either white or khaki colour uniforms in different episodes and I fail to understand reasons.

There are many goofs and inconsistencies in many episodes; still, it makes me nostalgic when I watch these episodes. The great sound track at the beginning of every episode and charismatic performances by Rajit Kapur just mesmerize me.


Byomkesh Bakshi’s uncanny resemblance to Sherlock Holmes is not just a synchronicity! His attention to the smallest details, lightening intuition, Jeu-d’espirit, and his courageous nature along with his impeccable reasoning all resemble Sherlock Holmes’, because his creator took inspiration from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle(Holmes was not the only inspiration though!). Despite this my acquaintance with Byomkesh is my first ever with a genius detective, because it was not until my school days that I got familiar with Sherlock Holmes; therefore, Byomkesh Bakshi will always remain in my mind as my first ever exposure to the sheer genius of a detective whose methods were so awe-inspiring and so simple. I had an inborn affinity for mystery and Byomkesh Bakshi just mesmerized me with unique stories.
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Posted 10/28/11 - 1:39 PM:

i think you would like this television show "castle" - a great detective show with interesting mysteries!

thinker wrote:
This time I observed that police officers are wearing either white or khaki colour uniforms in different episodes and I fail to understand reasons.


what is the significance of the color of the uniforms?
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Posted 10/28/11 - 1:51 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
i think you would like this television show "castle" - a great detective show with interesting mysteries!






Thanks for the suggestion. I have to yet get 'Twin Peaks Series'sisyphus

what is the significance of the color of the uniforms?


laughing That is plain ludicrous direction lib! Indian police uniform has Khaki color and it has been so all along; however, director Basu Chatterji makes use of what is available to him at his whim, making his police characters wear white or khaki in various episodes. Any sensible director cannot make such an error in the most perspicuous details ( Oops I am talking to another director! sticking out tongue)
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Posted 10/28/11 - 2:02 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Thanks for the suggestion. I have to yet get 'Twin Peaks Series'sisyphus

well the good thing about castle is that you can watch individual episodes any time, out of order, they are very self contained. with 'twin peaks' you have to start at the beginning and not miss episodes or else you are even more lost than you would be just watching a lynch film in and itself, haha. if you get started watching castle i think we will have much to talk about! many interesting philosophical and ethical themes.

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laughing That is plain ludicrous direction lib! Indian police uniform has Khaki color and it has been so all along; however, director Basu Chatterji makes use of what is available to him at his whim, making his police characters wear white or khaki in various episodes. Any sensible director cannot make such an error in the most perspicuous details ( Oops I am talking to another director! sticking out tongue)

is there possibly symbolic intent? or is it simply inattention to details?
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Posted 10/28/11 - 2:07 PM:

libertygrl wrote:

well the good thing about castle is that you can watch individual episodes any time, out of order, they are very self contained. with 'twin peaks' you have to start at the beginning and not miss episodes or else you are even more lost than you would be just watching a lynch film in and itself, haha. if you get started watching castle i think we will have much to talk about! many interesting philosophical and ethical themes.


Great suggestion. Let me try to get it.


is there possibly symbolic intent? or is it simply inattention to details?


Not any I can actually think of. Stories do not have Lynchian layers about them but are mostly distinct tales where crime is investigated by Byomkesh, therefore, it indeed seems to have been a gross flagrant mistaken inattention to the details by Basu Chatterji!
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Posted 10/28/11 - 2:16 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Great suggestion. Let me try to get it.

you can watch a few of the episodes online - there's a link in the movie thread
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Posted 10/28/11 - 2:27 PM:

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you can watch a few of the episodes online - there's a link in the movie thread


You mean in the 'What makes a movie good' thread! Very well! thumb up
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