'Byomkesh Bakshi', starring Rajit Kapur, became a household name through Basu Chatterjee's 1990's TV series on Doordarshan.
In Dibakar's film, Sushant Singh Rajput will play the famous truthseeker. 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!' will release in cinemas worldwide on 12 December 2014. "We are rebooting Byomkesh. Right back to his first ever case. We could have called this Byomkesh Begins. Everything else from now on will follow us!," Dibakar said about the co-production venture of YRF & Dibakar Banerjee Productions.
The two have a three film collaboration. Dibakar's film is a contemporary interpretation of war torn Calcutta during the 1940's and follows the first adventure of Byomkesh, fresh out of college, as he pits himself against an evil genius who is out to destroy the world. "It's his wits against the most villainous arch criminal the world has seen, in a world of murder, international political intrigue and seduction," the 'Shanghai' helmer said.
This is the first in a series that will feature Bengali bestseller writer Saradindu Banerjee's most famous creation and India's widest read and best known detective character for the first time in a Hindi feature. "Sushant Singh Rajput has that dormant volcano thing about him that is just right for my Byomkesh. He looks so quiet, so self-absorbed and withdrawn - till you challenge him. Then he explodes and becomes the most dangerous man in the world - at least for the criminals."
The director plans to start shooting the period thriller from January 2014.