Dugdugi Series Review: Anirban Chakrabarti & Lokenath Dey shine in this slow-paced comedy drama

Director: Joydeep Mukherjee

Dugdugi (2023) Web Series Review:

Dugdugi web series on Hoichoi, starring Anirban Chakrabarti in the lead role premiered on 28th July 2023. Directed by Joydeep Mukherjee, the TV show also features Rayati Bhattacharya, Biswanath Basu, Lokenath Dey, Shreya Bhattacharya, Atanu Barman, Bristi Roy, Rumki Chatterjee, and Pushan Dasgupta in supporting roles.

The series revolves around the life of a middle-aged and naive man named Abanish (Anirban Chakrabarti), who faces numerous problems and finds solace in his colleague Kanai (Biswanath Basu). Abanish's inability to confront those who bully him about his personal life adds to his troubles.

Moreover, he's unhappy with his extra-marital affair with Tuktuki (Rayati Bhattacharya), who frequently demands that he choose between her and his wife. One day, when he returns home, he discovers his wife Kumkum is missing, prompting him to seek help from Kanai and report her disappearance at the Police Station. Will Abanish be able to find his wife Kumkum?

Dugdugi TV show offers captivating performances by Anirban Chakrabarti and Lokenath Dey. The interactions between these two actors are the highlights of the series. Anirban Chakraborti, who has won hearts with his portrayal of Eken Babu, delivers a convincing performance as Abanish as well. Lokenath Dey, playing the investigating officer, provides excellent support with his brilliant acting.

However, the comedy-drama suffers from a weak screenplay and dialogues by Padmanabha Dasgupta. Some of the dialogues are cringe-worthy, particularly when a young boy from Abanish's locality (Pushan Dasgupta) discusses Abanish's marital problems and his wife Kumkum's character, which is quite unacceptable.

Director Joydeep Mukherjee overlooks certain aspects that could have made the series more engaging and thrilling. While the first two episodes contain a few decent comedy scenes, the story stagnates from the 3rd episode, making it slow-paced and potentially tedious to watch.

The series comprises 6 episodes, but with tighter editing by Subho Pramanik, it could have been condensed into 4 episodes easily. The climax hints at the possibility of a season 2 for Dugdugi in the near future.


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