Review of the movie “Nilacholey Kiriti”
Director – Anindya Bikash Datta
Cast – Indraneil Sengupta, Rituparna Sengupta, Arunima Ghosh, Rishabh, Shantilal Mukherjee, Abhishek Chatterjee
Overall Rating – 3.5/5
What makes a detective movie entertaining, a sharp minded detective, a mysterious plot, some interesting characters with some secrets under their sleeves and a climax which answers all the questions raised throughout the film. Anindya Bikash Datta’s latest thriller Nilacholey Kiriti satisfies all these criteria for most of the part. So it is a satisfactory watch. Recently so many detective movies have been made in Bengali and Kiriti Roy is still lagging behind to the popular sleuths Byomkesh, Feluda or Shabor. But after watching Kiriti Roy in Nilacholey Kiriti, it can be said now Kiriti Roy has a better possibilities in this race.
The story begins with Kiriti Roy (Indraneil Sengupta) and his wife Krishna (Arunima Ghosh) who are enjoying their honeymoon in Puri. But soon their honeymoon goes haywire after a series of mysterious criminal activities in Puri. First local police found a dead body who is identified as Shona Ali, a waiter in a hotel in Puri, named Hotel Blue View. Then Kiriti’s childhood acquaintance Kali Sarkar (Abhishek Chatterjee) goes missing from the same hotel where he used to stay in regular basis. Automatically Kiriti gets involved with the local police in these two investigations. As part of his investigation he gets introduced with the owner of the hotel Harit Sanyal (Shantilal Mukherjee) and his wife Runa Sanyal (Rituparna Sengupta) who runs the hotel business. Also he finds a mysterious woman and a suspicious man in turban are also keeping an eye on the hotel. On further investigation in Kolkata with the help of his assistant Subrata (Samadarshi Dutta), he finds Kali Sarkar is having an affair with a lady and for that his brothers are opposing him. The case gets more complicated with one more murder, one murder attempt and one kidnapping.
The story is based on Nihar Ranjan Gupta’s story Basanta Rajani and it has been adapted to an engaging screenplay by the director Anindya Bikash Datta along with Padmanava Dasgupta. The first half builds the mystery perfectly. The pace deeps little in the second half but again it picks up with the introduction of one important character sometime before the climax. One essential quality of a good thriller is unpredictable climax and here you may guess it partially but it is tough to guess the climax completely and that works for the film. Although too many questions have been answered very rapidly in the climax so it becomes tough to grasp all. But still all the questions get answered and the answers are satisfactory.
As a director Anindya Bikash Datta is promising enough. He has wonderfully narrated the story being true to the zonre of detective movies. Only he could have worked better with the casting for two particular characters. As per the story there is a resemblance in their appearances but the choice of actors in those characters does not satisfy that.
Indraneil Sengupta is an underutilized actor of Bengali movies. He hardly gets any chance to play main lead. Here he has showcased his talent wonderfully as the smart and intelligent detective with sharp observation qualities. Hope to see him more in main leads in future. Rituparna Sengupta has played her part well as expected from her. She had played a complex character with ease. Shantilal Mukherjee is brilliant in his brief appearance. Arunima Ghosh has nothing much to do but she manages to impress. Abhishek Chatterjee has small screen time and sadly he is not impressive enough. Debutante Rishabh has done the best job in the supporting cast. His portrayal of a feminine man is too good.
The technical team has done a good job to make the narrative more appealing. Debojyoti Mishra’s background scores wonderfully builds the moment of tension. Cinematographer Harendra Singh has superbly shot the different locations of Puri and thankfully it’s not just the regular images of sea beaches only.
Overall Nilacholey Kiriti is a satisfactory watch specially for detective movie lovers. A mysterious tale of love, lust, greed with some fantastic performances and an efficient technical team in the background. It is undoubtedly the best Kiriti Roy movie made in recent past.