Petni (2023) Web Series Review: Kanchan Mullick shines in this Abhimanyu Mukherjee directorial horror thriller

Cast of Petni (2023) Web Series:

Jasmine Roy, Ushasi Roy, Arnab Banerjee, Kanchan Mullick, Subhrajit Dutta, Anindita Ray Choudhury, Mridul Chandra Sen, Mafin Chakraborty, Sutirtha Saha, Siddhartha Ghosh, Bhavana Banerjee

Director: Abhimanyu Mukherjee

Petni (2023) Bengali Web Series Review: Director Abhimanyu Mukherjee Disappoints Again

The horror thriller series Petni, produced by Surinder Films and directed by Abhimanyu Mukherjee, premiered on Addatimes on November 17, 2023.

Professor Ramen Sen's daughter, Raka Sen (Jasmine Roy), went to a private resort in Raipur with her three friends: Nilesh Roy (Arnab Banerjee), Sovon Basu, and Juhi Sanyal, for a vacation. Late at night, they decided to go for a long drive after drinking to test their ability to control a vehicle under the influence. They had an accident near the forest at Sapan Khola.

The following morning, Inspector Gopal Halui (Kanchan Mullick) and his police team arrived at the scene. They found three of Raka's friends, but Raka was missing. After 5 days of being missing, she was discovered in front of a tunnel 80 ft away from the accident site in the forest. Strangely, she couldn't recognize anyone, including herself, and had no recollection of the past 5 days. She mentioned the name Joyeeta and claimed to have witnessed Joyeeta's murder. The mystery deepens: Who is Joyeeta? What happened to Raka during her disappearance? And who killed Joyeeta? The series comprising 8 episodes answers these questions.

While the series boasts 2 outstanding performances from Kanchan Mullick and Subhrajit Dutta, the other elements fall short. Kanchan Mullick, who previously excelled in Raktabeej this year, once again shines in the role of Gopal Halui.

His character grapples with personal and professional challenges, adding depth to the narrative. On the other hand, Subhrajit Dutta, portraying SDPO Prakash Sanyal, delivers a commendable performance, but his character lacks depth. The backstory of his affair with Joyeeta and details about Joyeeta's past are absent from the script.

Ushasi Ray, despite her proven capability to deliver top-notch performances, remains underutilized throughout the series. This is surprising considering her stellar work in Kumudini Bhavan, Sundarbaner Vidyasagar, and Gora 2.

The background score by Sayan Ganguly, at times creating a fittingly horrific atmosphere, often falls below average. With proper editing by MD Kalam, the series could have been condensed into 4 episodes.

Apart from the notable performances by Kanchan Mullick and Subhrajit Dutta, Petni lacks strong elements. The weak plot, subpar dialogues, and lackluster performances from the supporting cast are disappointing. Abhimanyu Mukherjee, the director, missed opportunities for improvement, marking his 3rd consecutive disappointment after Hello! Remember Me? and Indu 2.


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