P. K. Basu
P. K. Basu character
Created byNarayan Sanyal
Portrayed by
In-universe information
Full namePrasanna Kumar Basu
TitleBose (Basu)
OccupationLawyer (Barrister), Investigator

P. K. Basu is a fictional detective character created by Bengali writer Narayan Sanyal. Those detective fictions are popularly known as the Kanta (Thorn) series. Some of the stories were inspired from the novels of Stanley Gardner and Agatha Christie.[2]


Writer often referred Basu as 'The Perry Mason of the East', since Sanyal was inspired to create the character from the masterpiece of Erle Stanley Gardner. Basu's full name is Prasanna Kumar Basu and by profession he is an in-dominated criminal side Barrister of the Calcutta High Court. In the first story named Nagchampa, Basu is shown to be an old, unmarried man but since the novel of Sonar Kanta writer changed the character Basu to be an aged Barrister, whose wife Ranu is physically challenged & Suborna alias Mithu, their only daughter is died in a car accident. P. K. Basu is not a professional detective but solve the cases through discussion and in courtroom drama. A young couple, Koushik and Sujata, live with Basu's family in his house. They form a private detective agency, Sukoushali. Very often Basu take their help in investigation.[3]



The first story of P.K. Basu Nagchampa was adapted in a Bengali movie named Jadi Jantem, which was released on 1 March 1974. This film was directed by Yatrik (Tarun Majumdar) and starred by Uttam Kumar as P. K. Basu, Ruma Guha Thakurta as Ranu, Soumitra Chatterjee as Koushik and Supriya Choudhury as Sujata. Narayan Sanyal himself wrote the dialogues.[6][7]


  1. ^ radiobanglanet.com/four-decades-later-barrister-pk-basu-returns-big-screen/
  2. ^ a b Vol - 2, Narayan Sanyal (January 2000). Kantay Kantay (Bengali). Kolkata: Dey's Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 81-7612-563-6.
  3. ^ "Go goyenda! A guide to the Bengali detectives". Harvard Business School's. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Vol - 4, Narayan Sanyal (2014). Kantay Kantay (Bengali). Kolkata: Dey's Publishing. p. 263. ISBN 978-81-295-1296-3.
  5. ^ Vol - 5, Narayan Sanyal (2015). Kantay Kantay (Bengali). Kolkata: Dey's Publishing. p. 5. ISBN 978-81-295-2263-4.
  6. ^ "Jadi Jantem". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "Jadi Jantem (1974)". imdb.com. Retrieved June 26, 2017.