Kolkata: The city's busy office hub BBD Bag, commonly called Dalhousie Square, has become the shooting site for Dibakar Banerjee's 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' today. The area, which wears a deserted look on Sundays, took on a yesteryear look complete with vintage cars, vintage tramcars, horse drawn carriages, 'kirtan' singers dressed in ochre and men in dhotis and kurtas to revive the 1940s feel, in which the story of Bengal's famous fictional detective is set.
The action was concentrated near the Standard Life Assurance Building, considered as one of the finest buildings around Lal Dighi (formally Tank Square) in the area which has large concentration of colonial buildings.
This is the second shoot of the film in the city, sources in the film's production unit said. The first was held last month.
The spot, which is the beautiful archway of the 120-year-old stucco building, was the place of shooting of scenes of Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Bullet Raja'.
Dibakar had said not a single place in the city, not even in the old northern part, retains the pure look of the 40s. In some places the houses remain the same but either a modern multi-storied or a shopping mall has sprung up beside them, he said.
Dibakar had bought the rights of all 33 Byomkesh Bakshi stories written by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay. Sushant Singh Rajput of 'Kai Po Che' fame is the main lead. Mani Ratnam's 'Yuva', parts of his film 'Raavan', Sujoy Ghosh's 'Kahaani', Anurag Basu's 'Barfi'! have been previously shot in the city.