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A Filmic Reconstruction of Calcutta's Chinatown in the 1940's

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

Dibakar Bannerjee's film "Detective Byomkesh Bakshi" is set in Calcutta during World War 2 amidst the Japanese bombing of the city. Segments of the film attempt to reconstruct Chinatown of the 1940s in Calcutta. The costume designer designer Manoshi Nath relied on family photographs of that period to recreate a sense of the city. This segment of the film was shot in the famous Bow Barracks, a neighbourhood shared by the Chinese and Anglo-Indian community in Calcutta.



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