Sherlocks on the job!

Amrita Prasad
Friday, 21 July 2017

At nine, I read all the novels and short stories compiled and simplified by my parents and re-read them over and over again. I can name 30 of the short stories and of course all four novels. I am a hardcore Sherlock fan. And when BBC’s Sherlock aired I was like this is it and if Sherlock would exist today he would be like him. I fell in love with the show and followed all the seasons of the series

To celebrate the birthday month of Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes in AXN’s series Sherlock, the channel organised a restaurant crawl across five cities this week

For Puneites, the evening of July 20 turned into a Sherlock Holmes adventure — full of mystery, fun and enthusiasm. At BeSherlocked Restaurant Crawl organised in the city to celebrate the birthday month of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who essays the iconic detective in the TV series Sherlock aired on AXN, Sherlock fans took part in the event to become detectives themselves as they went hunting for Sherlock characters (cosplayers) hidden in the crowd.

At the crawl, participants played detectives as each venue was linked to a Sherlock character and looked for the cosplayer. Upon finding, they needed to answer a simple Sherlock-related question, click a selfie with the character and upload it on Facebook to avail free drinks and starters. One also needed to get a stamp from the cosplayers to be eligible to win some cool merchandise at the final venue. Several Sherlock lovers showed up who very enthusiastically participated in the hunt for the cosplayers from one restaurant to the next. This was part of the five-city BeSherlocked Restaurant Crawl organised by AXN.  

Spread across five bars in the Mudhwa-KP region in Pune, the event started at High Spirits and then moved on to Agent Jack’s, One Lounge, Penthouze and finally ended at Hard Rock Café. The four cosplayers dressed up as characters like Mrs Hudson, Molly Hooper, Dr John Watson and Mycroft Holmes disguised themselves at each venue. In the end, Arpan Panikar, a business consultant and writer, Hrishikesh Shinde, a mechanical engineering student, and Shweta (prefers to be called by her first name) were declared winners who managed to find the characters, and answer the trivia questions the fastest. They also spoke about their experiences of participating in the event.  

Panikar, who is considered a big nerd by his friends, has read every possible book on Sherlock Holmes. “At nine, I read all the novels and short stories compiled and simplified by my parents and re-read them over and over again. I can name 30 of the short stories and of course all four novels. I am a hardcore Sherlock fan. And when BBC’s Sherlock aired I was like this is it and if Sherlock would exist today he would be like him. I fell in love with the show and followed all the seasons of the series,” said Panikar adding that it was fun drinking, looking for cosplayers at the BeSherlocked event.

“I was ready for it and did my homework well. I could at once figure out Dr John Watson — the iconic jacket, checkered shirt casually dressed and his grey hair. Recognising Mrs Hudson was a bit of a trouble since it was night and we couldn’t figure out if it was grey or coloured hair — we weren’t sure whether it was Mary Morstan or Hudson. But Mycroft Holmes was spot on with a striking resemblance with the character in the series. So even when we were clicking the selfie, we asked him to hold the umbrella!” chuckled Panikar.

For Shinde, the experience was one of a kind and as a Sherlock fan this is something he has always wanted to do. “I enjoyed a lot. I had a bad day today but this whole experience and fun environment uplifted my mood. I had a few drinks and felt refreshed. I have been watching the series and no other person can do a better job of playing Sherlock than Benedict. There is no other actor who can fit into his shoes so perfectly,” says Sinde who found identifying Mycroft was a bit difficult.  

“The questions were cool and fun and I am happy that I won. I have already uploaded the picture on my Facebook page and it feels great!” he exclaimed.

The event, which started with a lot of vigour and picked up after a few drinks, saw a slight dip in the enthusiasm after it started raining. Better planning would have created a more memorable and enjoyable experience for Sherlock fans.

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