Story: It's a story of how a shooting expedition goes wrong when the team unintentionally gets involved in a larger conspiracy
Review: Suppose you are a part of an audio-visual team going to Dooars for a shoot. On your way, mysterious things start happening and many people from your team go missing. Will you just abandon them or will you realize that a human life is more important than a project? Any sane person will agree with the latter option. But, no, the director and the story writer of the Pathghat don't think so. When similar situations happen with the characters of the film, they just search for the missing members for a minute or so and after that don't give a damn. So, what could've been a well-knit whodunit turns out to be a boring film with too-long sequences and an extremely bad script.
The film can be divided into two neat halves on the basis of what the director (Partha Ganguly) wants to show - one is the story divided in multiple subplots. The other, and also the most important part, is actor Faiz Khan. The storyline, as it's already said, is just bizarre. As far as Faiz's performance goes, it seems that the film is made just to show his acting prowess. He plays a cop who has nothing else to do besides walking around a forest, strumming his guitar. He sings in a soft voice, smiles romantically to the heroines, talks directly to the camera with a lot of style. But, unfortunately, whenever he comes on screen, a collective groan of misery rises from the audience. The rest of the cast either overacts or can't act to save their lives. In this case, a special mention should be made of actor Devdut Ghosh, who plays Bijen, a pedophile involved in women trafficking. With kohl-lined eyes, black nail polish and weird facial expressions, this might as well be the worst performance of this otherwise good actor. Joy Sengupta, who portrays the role of the director of the show, has only one expression that of irritation. And it's 'fear' for Moubani. Moreover, almost all the actors have a penchant for wearing wigs that do not fit. God knows why.
The cinematography and music make the experience worse. It's a culmination of jerky and extreme close-up shots mixed with screeching background score. While giving a metallic and twisted rendition of the classic, E sudhu gaaner din, music director Suvom Moitra should have remembered that Bengali audience generally doesn't tolerate this kind of tomfoolery. All in all, Pathghat is not a road you would want to travel.