Raktabeej (2023) Movie Review: Abir Chatterjee shines in Nandita Roy-Shiboprosad Mukherjee's mystery thriller

Cast of Raktabeej (2023) Bengali Movie:

Victor Banerjee, Anasua Majumdar, Abir Chatterjee, Mimi Chakraborty, Kanchan Mallick, Ambarish Bhattacharya, Satyam Bhattacharya, Debasish Mondal, Devlina Kumar, Ankush Hazra

Director: Nandita Roy & Shiboprosad Mukherjee

Pan India Release:

According to the official announcement, the political thriller Raktabeej is scheduled for release on October 27, 2023, in both Bengali and Hindi languages across India. This announcement followed the film's successful one-week run, with nearly sold-out showings, since its initial release on October 19, 2023, in various regions of West Bengal.

Raktabeej (2023) Bengali Movie Review: Nandita Roy-Shiboprosad Mukherjee's impressive storytelling

The story of Raktabeej revolves around a sudden explosion at a firecracker unit just before the Durga Puja festival in Khoyragarh. President Aninesh Chatterjee, portrayed by Victor Banerjee, is returning to his home for the first time since becoming President, making this Puja particularly special for him and his family, especially his sister, played by Anasua Majumder.

During a police raid, authorities became aware of terrorist activities near the President's house. To ensure his complete safety during this visit, Pankaj Singha (Abir Chatterjee), representing the central team, and the SP of Burdwan, Sanjukta Mitra (Mimi Chakraborty), were appointed to oversee his security. The central question arises: Can Pankaj and Sanjukta track the terrorists and ensure the President's enjoyment of a safe and joyful Puja?

The film's main strength lies in its writing, which keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Abir Chatterjee, in the role of Pankaj Sinha, steals the show with a brilliant performance. His astute use of his talents and leadership in ensuring the President's safety is truly praiseworthy. The way the director duo seamlessly incorporated the Durga Puja festival into the narrative is top-notch, capturing the festival's mood from Panchami to Dashami perfectly.

Mimi Chakraborty's portrayal of Sanjukta does justice to her character, but providing more depth to her role would have been even better. Anasua Majumder, as Animesh Chatterjee's sister, looks the part, and Kanchan Mullick provides solid support with a convincing performance.

However, Debasish Mondal's character deserved more focus, considering his remarkable performance in Anirban Bhattacharya's Mandaar. And Ankush Hazra's cameo at the end was a pleasant surprise.

The relationships between the characters, such as Victor Banerjee-Anasua Majumder, Victor Banerjee-Abir Chatterjee, and Mimi Chakraborty-Abir Chatterjee, have been nicely developed.

One of the most underutilized actors in this film is Satyam Bhattacharya, who has impressed with his performances in Ballabhpurer Roopkotha and Byomkesh O Durgo Rahasya.

During this Durga Puja season, Raktabeej was released alongside other notable films such as Nandita-Shiboprosad's mystery thriller, Dev starring Bagha Jatin, Srijit Mukherji's Dawshom Awbotaar, and Arindam Sil's Jongole Mitin Mashi. All of these films received positive responses from audiences.

Raktabeej is directed by the highly successful director duo in the Bengali film industry, Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee, known for delivering exceptional family dramas and romantic comedies such as Praktan, Bela Seshe, Posto, Gotro, and Haami. Raktabeej presented a new challenge for them as their first foray into the engaging mystery thriller genre, and it's safe to say they have succeeded.

In conclusion, the writer-director duo of Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee have given their best, and audiences can look forward to more thrilling offerings from them in the days to come.


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