Detective Fiction, A Rising Trend In Regional Cinema
The second teaser of Riteish Deshmukh’s upcoming Marathi movie Faster Fene is out. The 88 seconds teaser gives u a glimpse of a young and smart boy Baneesh Fene, who is a detective. Fene isn’t a beefed up douchebag with abs and biceps. Instead, the medium built guy solves the crime and pursues the criminals with the help of his uber fast intelligence. To match up with that narrative, the fight sequences seem pretty convincing. The teaser also shows him using technology to solve cases, which is a new addition to the classic character. Starring Marathi actor Amey Wagh as the titular hero, Faster Fene will hit the screens on October 27.
Faster Fene is another feather to the recent rising trend, where regional visual storytelling has adapted detective fiction. Now we can’t really say if that’s the BBC effect, but definitely, there are strong influences of Sherlock in all these releases.
The week before, we saw Thupparivaalan (Detective), a Tamil action thriller written and directed by Mysskin. The movie, inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective thriller Sherlock Holmes, has Vishal as Kaniyan Poongundran who sips green tea, gets mesmerized by a hot pickpocket and is accompanied everywhere by Mano. Does the setup seem similar?
Another upcoming bilingual, Spyder can also be added to the list. Though it’s exactly not a detective fiction, it’s rather a spy thriller. Written and directed by none other than AR Murugadoss, the movie showcases Mahesh Babu as a daring and dashing spy who promises to keep you glued to the edge.
Popular Bengali detective Feluda also got a revamped look recently, when Ray’s son Sandip sold the copyrights to a Bangladesh’s Kandy Productions. But this time it’s not the usual medium of movies. Instead for the first time ever, Feluda debits in a web series on Bioscopelive in Bangladesh and on Addatimes in India. The series produced jointly with Top of Mind Creations, shows Parambrata Chatterjee playing Feluda and Ridhi Sen as Topshe, his usual sidekick. Directed by Parambrata as well, this is a very unusual take on Feluda, much different from the classic Ray’s approach. Here Feluda blindly copies BBC Sherlock. The series will also get a television broadcast on the popular television network Channel i.
However, the trend is not really confined only to regional medium. Dev, a suspense drama airing on Colors, showcases stories inspired by real-life events. The fictionalized investigative thriller plunges viewers into the world of Dev Burman, a most-wanted detective who is an enigma in himself.
Is it just a binge watch overdose, or another successful business trend? Well, it’s too early to take that call. The visual storytelling in our country is defined by Bollywood and surprisingly even they have lately not followed the trend. But the success of regional films might make the Bollywood filmmakers do so, maybe even faster than Baneesh Fene.