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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

In 1951, author Sharadindu Bandhopadhay introduced his best known literary character, the ace detective Byomkesh Bakshi, in a series of wildly popular short stories often set in Calcutta’s China Bazaar. Through the 1990s these extended into a television series and several films, of which Dibakar Bannerjee’s is perhaps the best known. In a contemporary interpretation of war-torn Calcutta during 1942, the story follows the adventure of Byomkesh (Sushant Singh Rajput), fresh out of college, as he pits himself against a mastermind criminal. In searching for a missing chemist, the young private detective uncovers involving blackmail, an opium smuggling ring run by a criminal mastermind known by several names and guises, and numerous references to Calcutta’s Chinatown, Burma and China.
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