Reviewed by : Souvik Saha
“Abar Proloy” is a gripping thriller set against the haunting backdrop of the Sunderbans. The story follows Animesh Dutta (Saswata Chatterjee), a brilliant police officer from the Special Crime Branch, who is assigned to dismantle a ruthless human trafficking ring. As he delves deeper into the case, Animesh encounters a diverse cast of characters, including the enigmatic godman Shombhu Baba (Ritwick Chakraborty), the beguiling Mohini Ma (Koushani Chakraborty), and the seemingly ordinary Poritosh Sarkar (Loknath Dey). With the help of his colleagues, Madhabi (Sohini Sengupta) and Karali Babu (Partha Bhowmick), Animesh navigates the complexities of the case, unraveling hidden motives and alliances. The tension escalates as Animesh’s pursuit culminates in a pulse-pounding climax, revealing the mastermind behind the trafficking operation.
- Saswata Chatterjee delivers another stellar performance, portraying Animesh Dutt with seasoned finesse. Known for his versatility, Chatterjee seamlessly transitions into an action-packed avatar, reminiscent of his role in “Pralaya.” Over the past decade, his character has evolved into a more intense and violent persona, allowing Chatterjee to shine as a ‘Supercop.’ Animesh Dutt’s solo takedown of goons showcases both his resilience and Chatterjee’s adeptness at portraying power. With signature dialogues that resonate deeply, Chatterjee leaves an indelible impression, capturing the audience’s attention and emotions throughout the series.
- Ritwick Chakraborty skillfully takes on the controversial role of Shombhu Baba, carving his own path and showcasing his acting prowess.
- Sohini Sengupta shines with impeccable comic timing, injecting delightful moments into the series.
- Gaurav Chakraborty and Kaushani Mukhopadhyay add depth to the narrative with their de-glam roles.
- Irrigation Minister Partha Bhowmik’s portrayal of Karali Babu is a standout surprise, adding authenticity to the series.
Direction: Raj Chakrabarty’s direction keeps the audience engaged with charismatic storytelling. He effectively uses background music (BGM) to enhance the series’ atmosphere. Chakrabarty’s attempt to capture the local language of the Sunderbans adds authenticity to the characters and setting. However, there are instances where the story’s pacing could have been tighter to avoid losing its focus.
Other Aspects: The series features a diverse ensemble cast that enriches the viewing experience with their individual contributions. The performances, intense action, nostalgic gestures, and remarkable character portrayals contribute to a captivating narrative that lingers in the audience’s memory. Nusrat Faria’s song “Menka” adds to the overall experience.
- Strong performances by the ensemble cast, particularly Saswata Chatterjee and Ritwick Chakraborty.
- Effective use of background music to enhance the series’ atmosphere.
- Authentic portrayal of the local language and culture of the Sunderbans.
- Standout surprise with Partha Bhowmik’s transition from politics to acting.
- Some instances of pacing issues that affect the overall storytelling.
- The series’ length could have been better managed to maintain a stronger narrative flow.
Should You Watch “Abar Proloy”?
“Abar Proloy” presents an engaging thriller that balances crime and intrigue against the mesmerizing backdrop of the Sunderbans. While pacing issues and occasional narrative distractions may arise, the strong performances, led by Saswata Chatterjee and Ritwick Chakraborty, keep you invested. If you enjoy unraveling mysteries in an atmospheric setting, “Abar Proloy” offers a captivating experience worth exploring.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Verdict: Worth a Watch