In this re-imagined film version (set in 1943 Calcutta), there is just too much happening in a hurry but the story moves forward very slowly. Which is frustrating as director Dibakar Banerjee contemporary masterful take of this famous fictional detective is brilliant but is not satisfying. It lacks the thrill of a murder mystery. I wish Sushant Singh Rajput was better in carrying this kind of film. In fact, Anand Tiwari was better than him and also Meiyang Chang, the ‘Indian Idol’ fame, was surprising good. The final highly stylistic gore was like a stand alone pay-off piece. The cinematography (Nikos Andritsakis), production design and background score ("mixes rap, thrash metal, gypsy ballads and thumping swing") were a cinematic pleasure.
Interesting Fact: On 20th December, 1943, Japan had dropped an aerial bomb attack on Calcutta right on The Great Eastern Hotel.
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