Everyone loves a good detective story. A crime gets committed, the police are confused, enters the detective (police, private or amateur), finds the clues, identifies the criminal & solves the crime.
Detective stories are common almost in every literature. But, who are the major detectives in Bengali literature ? Do you know all of them ?
Here’s where you can know more about them
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Feluda or Prodosh Chandra Mitra (uses the name Pradosh.C.Mitter) is one of the most popular Bengali detectives around.
Creator – Satyajit Ray
Address – 21, Rajani Sen Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata
Debut – Feludar Goendagiri (Sandesh ,1965)
Sidekicks – Topshe (cousin), Lal Mohan Ganguly (debuted in Sonar Kella).
No. Of Stories/Novels – 35 (published), 4(unpublished).
Portrayed In Movies – Soumitra Chatterjee (Sonar Kella, Joy Baba Felunath), Sabyasachi Chakraborty (in TVseries & movies like Bombaiyer Bombete, Kailashey Kelenkari, Tintorettor Jishu, Gorosthaney Sabdhan, Royal Bengal Rahashya & Double Feluda), Abir Chatterjee (Badshahi Angti) and Sashi Kapoor (TV series – Kissa Kathmandu Ka).
Portrayed In Web Series – Parambrata Chatterjee (Addatimes)
Byomkesh Bakshi :-
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Byomkesh Bakshi is another popular detective in Bengali literature. This detective doesn’t like to be called as a “private detective” instead, he prefers himself to be called as a “Satyanweshi”i.e : “one who searches for the truth”.
Creator – Saradindu Bandyopadhyay.
Address – A mess house in Harrison Road, later shifts to Keyatala.
Debut – Satyanweshi (1932)
Sidekick – Ajit.
No. Of Stories/Novels – 33 (last one incomplete)
Portrayed In Movies – Uttam Kumar (Chiriyakhana), Satindra Bhattacharya (Shajarur Kanta), Abir Chatterjee (Byomkesh Bakshi, Abar Byomkesh, Byomkesh Phire Elo, Har Har Byomkesh, Byomkesh Pawrbo, Biday Byomkesh), Jisshu Sengupta (Byomkesh Bakshi, Byomkesh O Chiriyakhana, Byomkesh O Agnibaan),Dhritiman Chatterjee (Shajarur Kanta), Sujoy Ghosh (Satyanweshi) , Sushant Singh Rajput (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy) .
Portrayed in TV Series -The character has also been adapted in tv series with Rajit Kapoor playing the titular character in DD National (1993-97), Gaurav Chakraborty in Colors Bangla (2014).
Portrayed In Web Series – Anirban Bhattacharya (Hoichoi) .
Kiriti Roy :-
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Kiriti Roy is an iconic Bengali detective character known for being stylish in nature, sporting a western look and a briar pipe hanging from his lips, despite being a Bengali at heart.
Creator – Dr. Nihar Ranjan Gupta
Debut – Kalo Bhromor
Sidekick – Subrata
No. Of Stories/Novels – 80
Portrayed In Movies – Indraneil Sengupta (Kiriti O Kalo Bhromor, Nilacholey Kiriti), Chiranjeet Chakraborty (Kiriti Roy) and Priyanshu Chatterjee (Ebong Kiriti).
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Raja Roychowdhury a.k.a. Kakababu is one of the most popular characters in Bengali literature. He is not actually a detective but a former director of Archaeological Survey Of India who loves going on adventures in various parts of the world. Having lost a leg while trying to save a friend of his, he walks with a crutch. Despite being disabled, he still possess great mental will & physical strength.
Creator – Sunil Gangyopadhyay.
Debut – Bhoyonkor Shundor.
No. Of Stories/Novels – 36
Portrayed In Movies – Samit Bhanja (Sabuj Dwiper Raja), Sabyasachi Chakraborty (Kakababu Here Gelen ?, Ek Tukro Chand) & Prasenjit Chatterjee (Mishor Rohoshyo, Yeti Obhijaan).
Portrayed In TV Series – Sabyasachi Chakraborty (Khali Jahajer Rahashya) on DD Bangla. An animated series based on the character began airing on Ruposhi Bangla in 2010.
Here are the prominent detectives in Bengali literature. Crime fiction lovers , who is your favourite & who is next on your wishlist ?