Film Review | Dwitiyo Purush by Srijit Mukherji

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Mounting a film like Dwitiyo Purush, a sequel of one of the most successful movies in the previous decade, Baishe Srabon, released in 2011, is never easy. While one must remain true to the cinematic universe of the previous film and ensure you are careful with all minute details regarding timelines and character sketches, it also comes with enormous burden of audience expectation. Comparisons are bound to happen and as a writer you have to keep that in mind. 

By now, we, the movie going audience in Bengal, can safely say that Srijit Mukherji looks at home when he's making thrillers. I personally believe he understands the genre better than most of writers/directors we currently have in India today.

However, at the very outset, I must let the cat out of the bag: Dwitiyo Purush is by no means a perfect piece of art. Though there was no dearth of eventful moments in the film, given the number of murders that happen during its run time, I got a feeling the plot was dragging itself towards the all-important climax, and until that time, the characters simply existed and went on with their lives. The last thirty minutes is when the film actually comes alive. And, it feels almost deliberate from the part of the director to keep it that way before the big reveal happens in the climax.

The film has quite a few chase sequences which are pretty mediocre. The action scenes are not too convincing either. There were nothing in those scenes which were new. That being said, the film still worked for me. I have to admit here that, broadly speaking, I liked Dwitiyo Purush

Primarily because the film grows on you. It is not one of those films where you can come out of the theaters and not think about what happened in the film. You will feel the urge to go back and reconstruct the scenes in your head to reach the climax. The truth be told, climax is the high point of the film and that is where the entire film stands. And director sacrifices a lot of time, energy and dead bodies to reach there at the end. 

Srijit Mukherji and Anupam Roy pair has given us lot of memorable music in the past. And in this film too, the music is top notch. The songs are catchy and were topping the charts long before the film released. With Dwitiyo Purush, I think, I have seen the best of Anirban Bhattacharjee and Parambrata Chatterjee. 

Both are phenomenally good in their roles. Being someone who have followed Parambrata’s career for the last fifteen years, I think I can safely say this is his best work so far. The bathroom scene with Raima Sen, just before the climax, is emotional, intense and scary (like someone has awaken a sleeping lion). The scene, is one of my favorites from the film, reveals the greatness of the actor and one of his in his entire career.

And then comes Anirban, he is is getting better with every film he is doing. The way in which he carried out his performance as a roadside gangster, through his chilling stares, dialogue delivery, gait and mannerisms, who doesn’t flinch before slitting the throats of his victims, tells a lot about his dedication, hard work and his grasp over the craft.

Rest of the cast, including Gaurav Chakraborty, played their part well in whatever screen time they got. The female characters, unfortunately, didn’t get enough scenes, but whatever they got, they did well to leave a mark.

The film, mostly shot in Topsia, shows the underbelly of Kolkata's Chinatown like it had never been shown before in any other film. The lanes and bylanes of Kolkata Chinatown, which is popularly known for its delicious Chinese food, adds to dark and gloomy imagery of the film.

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