Shikarpur Web Series Review: An engaging thriller with an unusual plot twist

'Shikarpur' is a Bengali web series directed by Nirjhar Mitra and released on ZEE5 on 6th January 2023. The series stars Ankush Hazra, Kaushik Ganguly, Sandipta Sen, Debashish Mondal, Tannistha Biswas, Sayan Ghosh, Anirban Bhattacharjee, Debesh Roychoudhury, and Korak Samanta.

The story is a comedy-thriller about detective Keshto (played by Ankush Hazra), a photographer and tenant at his guru Dindayal Biswas's (Kaushik Ganguly) residence. Keshto and Dindayal's daughter, Chumki (Sandipta Sen) are in love, but Chumki's mother disapproves. Police officer Biman (Debashis Mondal) also loves Chumki, and the local zamindar, Ramprakash Ghosh (Debesh Roychoudhury), hires Keshto to find a serial killer in Shikarpur.

Ankush Hazra and Kaushik Ganguly both deliver praiseworthy performances in the series, with Kaushik Ganguly's acting being particularly magnificent. Sandipta Sen also delivers a fine performance as Chumki, and Debashish Mondal, Korak Samanta, Sayan Ghosh, Anirban Bhattacharjee, Joydeep Mukherjee, and Debesh Roychoudhury provide able support with their respective characters.

The series contains some enjoyable scenes, such as when Keshto saves Godai from being used as child labour at a hotel, when Godai proposes to watch Ankush Hazra starrer F.I.R movie, or when the goat Mukul is killed by the butcher, Boltu (Korak Samanta), pronouncing the word pond, Dindayal calling Boltu as Pichhla, Keshto offering alcohol to Boltu to escape from the cold weather, and Dindayal comparing Keshto with Kohli.

Nirjhar Mitra's captivating storytelling is the main reason to watch "Shikarpur" on ZEE5. The series is one of the finest web series in Bengali, with solid performances from Ankush Hazra, Kaushik Ganguly, and Sandipta Sen. The cinematography by Souvik Basu, the music and background score by Mainak Mazoomdar, and editing by Subhajit Singha are other highlights of the series. However, the series felt unnecessarily stretched in the last couple of episodes, which is a minor criticism.

Overall, 'Shikarpur' is a well-structured and informative series that provides a balanced assessment of its strengths and weaknesses, and offers specific examples of standout performances and scenes.


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