Arindam told PTI that he has recreated a scene of a crude bomb blast in the city, which witnessed tumultuous unrest during the Naxalite movement, and graffiti with the popular slogans of “Tomar naam, amar naam Vietnam” (Vietnam is the name of your country, my country), and “Bonduker nal khamotar utso” (power flows from the barrel of the gun).
The streets of the metropolis used to resound with such slogans as Vietnamese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh had become a household name in the state for fighting the invading American troops during the Vietnam war.
The narrow alleys of north and central Kolkata sans the modern-day highrises and cable wires were captured to get a feel of the time. The politically surcharged milieu of the metropolis of the early 70s was recreated in the studio through wall writings.
“We wrapped up shoots within a month as there was not much time left. But we are happy with the results. My brief was to bring back the period look of the 70s, 1971 to be more precise. And all the minutest details were taken care of in the sets,” he said.
“Completing the fictional work while retaining the special characteristics and flavour of Byomkesh Bakshi was a challenge that both of us thoroughly enjoyed. We hope the audience will like the way we have handled the subject and carried the story forward,” he added.
Abir Chatterjee reprises the role of Byomkesh Bakshi while Sohini Sarkar essays the character of his wife Satyabati in the film. Suhotra Mukherjee is the new Ajit, Byomkesh’s loyal friend and companion. Paoli Dam also stars in a pivotal role. Percussionist Bickram Ghosh composed the music for the film.
A number of films, television serials, and audio dramas had earlier been made based on the adventures of Byomkesh Bakshi.