Kiriti Roy
Kiriti Roy character
First appearanceKalo Bhramar (1985)
Last appearanceNilacholey Kiriti (2018)
Created byDr. Nihar Ranjan Gupta
Portrayed byChiranjeet Chakraborty
Indraneil Sengupta
Priyanshu Chatterjee
In-universe information
OccupationPrivate investigator
FamilyKrishna Roy (wife)
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

Kiriti Roy is a fictional detective of Bengali literature created by Dr. Nihar Ranjan Gupta.[1] The first story introduces him as follows: "Kiriti Roy is six and a half feet tall, fair and stout. His curled hair is mostly combed back, and the black celluloid spectacles make his clean-shaven face highly attractive." In his own words, "In this universe, virtue and sin reside in parallel. Reward for virtue and scorn for sin is the thumb rule of the universe."[2]

Kiriti's Personal Life

After saving her from a difficult situation in the tale "Kalo Bhromor", Kiriti falls in love with Krishna Mehta, a Parsi lady. The courtship ends in marriage (In the tale "Holud Shoitan"). Krishna is intelligent, happens to be a good singer (can sing Rabindrasangeet), can speak Bengali, has a mind of her own and takes keen interest in her husband's work.

Other characters


Subrata Roy is the assistant cum friend of Kiriti. He is also the narrator of some stories.

Kiriti Series

Kiriti Roy's mysteries are available in collected editions and are still popular. As part of the Kiriti series, there are more than 100 novels and stories.

Kiriti in Other Media


Though the sleuth's celluloid debut happened late, the timeless appeal of Kiriti has already procreated number of movies. So far, the character of Kiriti has been essayed by Chiranjeet Chakraborty in Kiriti Roy (2016 film),[3] Indraneil Sengupta in Kiriti O Kalo Bhromor (2016)[4][5] and Nilacholey Kiriti (2018), Priyanshu Chatterjee in Ebong Kiriti (2017).

Year Title Actor Director Book Producer Ref.
2016 Kiriti Roy Chiranjeet Chakraborty Aniket Chattopadhyay Setarer Sur Eskay Movies
2016 Kiriti O Kalo Bhromor Indraneil Sengupta Anindya Bikas Datta Kalo Bhramar Camellia Films Private Ltd
2017 Ebong Kiriti Priyanshu Chatterjee Anirban Paria Ratibilaap Dream Light Movie
2018 Nilacholey Kiriti Indraneil Sengupta Anindya Bikas Datta Basanta Rajani Camellia Films Private Ltd


The radio adaptations of Kiriti are mainly in the form of Sunday Suspense, an audio story series by Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, & also by Radio Milan 90.4 FM stories over the last few years. Now another Youtube Channel named New Suspense Stories creates many audio stories in a series with stories of Kiriti. In and around the nineteen eighties, an attempt was made to create a radio series on Kiriti's tales including Roktomukhi Neela, Bagh Nokh and Reshmi Phaansh.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Das, Nalini (30 November 2012). The Lu Quartet: Super Sleuths and Other Stories. Hachette India. ISBN 9789350096215.
  2. ^ Roy, Pinaki (2008). The Manichean Investigators: A Postcolonial and Cultural Rereading of the Sherlock Holmes and Byomkesh Bakshi Stories. Sarup & Sons. ISBN 9788176258494.
  3. ^ "Bengali sleuth film: After Feluda and Byomkesh, comes Kiriti". 16 February 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Now a film on popular fictional sleuth Kiriti in Bengal". India Today. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Popular sleuth Kiriti Roy to debut on silver screen - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  6. ^ Roy, Siddharthya Swapan (5 April 2015). "Byomkesh again?". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 August 2018.