The Bengali film, with music by Piku composer Anupam Roy, is about three characters - an assassin, a prostitute and a drug dealer. It hits theatres today, and stars Anjan Dutt, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy's Swastika Mukherjee, and Ritwik Chakraborty
"In Bollywood, directors have greater faith in actors. You can see an Alia Bhatt portraying a pock-marked rural woman in Udta Punjab which is a departure from her micro-flaunting image. In Bengali cinema, the directors are not willing to experiment with me," said Swastika Mukherjee
Set several decades apart, Piku and Byomkesh nevertheless inhabit similar worlds which orbit around the central notion of Bengaliness. Importantly, this is not Bollywood's notion of Bengaliness but an insider's view of a culture and a people
Dibakar Banerjee is ensuring that he is the first director to bring Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi to Hindi cinema audience by buying the rights to all the 30 stories on him by author Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.