The actress opens up on the character
Last Updated: 05.50 PM, Aug 10, 2022
Sohini Sarkar prefers Arindam Sil’s portrayal of Satyabati – Byomkesh Bakshi’s wife – to the original characterisation of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. In an interview with OTTplay, she said that the reel character is more ‘proactive’ and ‘involved’ in Byomkesh’s life than the literary one.
Sohini said, “Around the world most detectives are single or their spouses have little to do in their life of detection. That is reflected in the novels also. However, in our films, Satyabati’s character makes Byomkesh more real and relatable. I am glad that Arindamda has deviated from the novels in this respect because my portrayal has always been appreciated.” Talking about her preparations, the actress said that she strictly followed the director’s brief. “Arindamda has chalked down the broader outline of his version of Satyabati’s character, and I brought in the nuances to make the character brighter and better. I follow his brief,” she said.
Sohini admitted that she prefers Arindam Sil’s Satyabati more than the literary character. “Of course, I love the way Arindamda and the scriptwriter (Padmanabha Dasgupta) have treated the character. She is intelligent and smart and takes part in Byomkesh’s problem-solving journey. Arindamda has categorically made it clear that his sleuth is much closer to a real-life human being, who falls in love, has emotions, shops for his wife, and solves cases. In the first film Har Har Byomkesh, which is based on Bahni Patanga, Arindamda has presented two diametrically opposite love stories of Byomkesh and Satyabati, and Shakuntala and Rathikanta Chowdhury. While Byomkesh and Satyabati’s relationship is about trust and exchange, Shakuntala’s love story is about lust,” said Sohini.