Nandini (2023) Web Series Review: Suhotra Mukhopadhyay’s performance & Subhadeep Sarkar's background score are impressive

Cast of Addatimes’ Nandini Web Series:

Ritabhari Chakraborty, Suhotra Mukhopadhyay, Kinjal Nanda, Debjani Chatterjee, Alivia Sarkar, Sweta Mou Bhattacharya, Sandip Bhattacharya, Bhaskar Mukherjee, Anindita Samadder, Uttam Chatterjee, Kaberi Das, Tanmay Bhattacharya, Subhash Pachisia

Director: Mir MD. Falak

Addatimes’ Nandini (2023) Bengali Web Series Review:

The series begins with a pregnant woman named Snigdha (Ritabhari Chakraborty), who contacts her doctor in a state of fear about an impending danger. She's unable to discern whether her experiences are reality or mere dreams, grappling with the struggle to differentiate truth from fiction. The doctor responds, "You seem perfectly fine talking to me over the phone like any other person would". However, she expresses her concern that her unborn baby girl addresses her as "Ma" and calls regularly over the phone and speaks to her.

Meanwhile, the writer, Pradip (Suhotra Mukhopadhyay), narrates his latest story to Ritam (Kinjal Nanda), who is Snigdha's husband. His story, titled Nandini, revolves around an unborn baby girl who communicates regularly with her mother. However, the grandparents are unwilling to break their family tradition of having the firstborn be a boy.

Pradip faces his own struggles as a writer, perceiving himself as unemployed, while the household is managed by his wife, Pakhi (Alivia Sarkar). Snigdha's friend, Alo (Sweta Mou Bhattacharya), regrets arranging her marriage with her longtime boyfriend, Ajay (Bhaskar Mukherjee), as his family demands a dowry, prompting her to consider canceling the wedding.

Will Snigdha's in-laws resort to harming the baby girl? How does Pradip's story mirror the challenges Snigdha faces in her own life? Nandini web series on Addatimes will unveil the answers.

Directed by Mir MD. Falak, the mystery thriller Nandini is based on the novel by Sayantani Putatunda. The series boasts only two strong elements: Suhotra Mukhopadhyay's compelling performance and the evocative background score by Subhadeep Sarkar, apart from keeping the suspense elements alive till the end.

Suhotra Mukhopadhyay brilliantly portrays Pradip, masterfully depicting the struggles of a writer and a husband. Ritabhari Chakraborty, as Snigdha, performs acceptably in some scenes, but the character demands more depth than she delivers.

Kinjal Nanda convincingly portrays Ritam, while Alivia Sarkar's portrayal of Pakhi is passable. Debjani Chatterjee, as Snigdha's mother-in-law, delivers the expected performance, but Sweta Mou Bhattacharya's character, Mou, has limited depth.

Unfortunately, Mir MD. Falak's execution falls short in this series, with Basudeb Chakraborty's cinematography and Subhajit Singha's editing leaving room for improvement. The series had the potential to be engaging, but due to a weak screenplay, treatment, and execution, it ended up as another ordinary mystery thriller.

The numerous subplots in the series divert attention from the main characters, resulting in underdeveloped dynamics between Snigdha & Ritam, Pradip & Pakhi, and Alo & Ajay. Moreover, there's a lack of development to establish the connection among Snigdha, Alo, and Pakhi.


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