The flavour of Kolkata

The flavour of Kolkata
The bridge, the river and kids' play. Brilliantly captured by Sujay Kumar Das.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Now Byomkesh vs Byomkesh

The fictional detectives and truth seekers from Bengali literature seem to be engaged in an interesting power play. In the run-up to Feluda vs Byomkesh last year, the former's producer said Byomkesh was television material. After the release both set the box office on fire. Now the same production house has bought all the available Byomkesh stories to build a franchise over the next seven years (with one release a year), while the house currently making Byomkesh committed to continuing making it with one release a year.

Apparently the trigger for this aggression of the Feluda house was that the Byomkesh house is making a movie from another popular fictional series Kakababu (based on which the Feluda house has already made one movie) and planning to release it on the same day this year when the  Feluda house releases its second Kakababu movie.

The takeout: The second Kakababu is bringing in a second Byomkesh.

Too much to handle for the audience! But the franchise game is surely going to transform this year.

It brings me to also ask: What will happen to Shabor who was supposed to come back again this year after the successful beginning in January, as its director has been chosen to direct the new Byomkesh franchisee ( shooting starting this August)?