Go, watch the film before it runs away from the cinemas.
The film has two murders and one attack. Based on Nihar Ranjan Gupta’s Setarer Sur, the film sees how rahasyabhedi Kiriti Roy (Chiranjit), along with his sidekick, Subrata (Sujan Mukhopadhyay) and inspector (Kaushik Ganguli), manages to deconstruct the crime scene and nabs the baddie
Review: Nowadays, whodunits are so commonplace in Tollywood that almost every Friday we find a new one coming to the theatre. Isn’t it obviously tedious? Add a dash of hideous makeup and a weak actor in the pivotal baddie, and you have 180 minutes of uninterrupted boredom. Aniket Chatterjee’s Kiriti Roy is a well-made but slow detective flick that shines in different quarters but lacks thrill. But having said that it is definitely a one-time-watch.
The film is a period drama. It has a quintessential old-school Bengali flavour. From the antique-strewn sprawling bungalow of Biraj Sanyal (Krisha Kishore) to the Anglo-Indian mess at Sootarkin Street – director has managed to curate the retro ornamentation that is inseparable from Nihar Ranjan Gupta’s tall and sleek Bengali sleuth series. To capture the mood of the period, the director nicely incorporated the elements of contemporary political history of Bengal-Bihar merger.
The film starts with an attempt to murder. Kiriti and Subrata save a young man, Sunil, who was administered a lethal dose of morphine. The detective duo realises that there is a connection between this attack and a recent high-profile case – murder of Basabi. Kiriti takes a holy dip in the sea of love, lust, cheat and jealousy and finally catches the murderer.
The best bit of the film is the stellar performance by a bunch of very competitive actors. First, Chiranjit. With him, comes the grace of Kiriti Roy. The actor has unmatchable and overwhelming aura on screen. With sleek, back-brush hair, solid-frame specs, long coat and dangling pipe, Chiranjit brings in the intrinsic features of Nihar Gupta’s character. Second, comes Kaushik Ganguly. Kaushik as lazy and gluttonous inspector Rathin Sikdar is outstanding. His immaculately curated facetious appearance clubbed with perfect slapstick timing salvaged the slow script to a great degree. Sujan Mukherjee as Kiriti’s sidekick, Subrata, is quite weak without any fault of the actor. The director did not spare enough care to delineate the character. However, Swastika deserves a special mention. Despite the horrendous makeup she sports in the film, the actress delivers a super performance. Swastika gives a Midas touch to Jeniffer Breganza’s sad alcoholic loneliness and we lapped it up so nicely. Krishna Kishore does justice to the character of lecherous but heartbroken man. His lousy makeup could not deter him from convincing the helplessness of the character. However, the performance of the cold-blooded murderer fails to impress.
Overall, the film is good and definitely worth a watch. There is no grandeur of outdoors, no sophisticated drone shots. Our director uses soft, soothing filters to show the flashbacks and used Bangaliana to the fullest. Go, watch the film before it runs away from the cinemas.