Cabaret (2024) Web Series Review: Puja Banerjee Owns The Show

Cabaret (2024) Bengali Web Series Review:

Utsav Mukherjee's directorial web series Cabaret, starring Puja Banerjee, Satyam Bhattacharya, and Shantilal Mukherjee in the lead roles, premiered on Addatimes on January 26, 2024.

The series begins with an intriguing scene set in the year 1971 where Mr. Partik is forcing himself on Elina (Puja Banerjee) after paying Rs. 60,000 to Mr. Vijay Shah (Shantilal Mukherjee). Suddenly, an unidentified person shoots towards Mr. Patik and Mr. Vijay Shah back-to-back. Who is the killer of Mr. Shah and Mr. Patik? How did Khushi become Elina?

Cabaret is a commendable effort from director Utsav Mukherjee. The story is compelling, and the screenplay and dialogues by Utsav Mukherjee and Rangan Chakravarty are engaging for the most part.

Each subplot was given sufficient time for development with a proper backstory. Additionally, the political and Naxalite angle was skillfully integrated into the script, depicting the lives of Naxalites, their struggles, and their fight for revolution.

Puja Banerjee steals the show, impressing in almost every scene. Her journey from an ordinary village girl to the best Cabaret dancer in the city will keep viewers engaged throughout the series. She particularly shines in the magic of the Moulin Rouge show and in scenes with Satyam Bhattacharya.

The chemistry between Puja Banerjee and Satyam Bhattacharya could have been given more focus. Satyam Bhattacharya, as Swarup, also delivers an impressive performance, though his bonding with his family could have been explored further. Shantilal Mukherjee, as Mr. Shah, delivers a top-notch performance. The climax seemed a bit rushed, revealing everything in the last 15 minutes, and the ending hints at a second season of the series.

Shibasish Banerjee's music is another highlight of the series. Saugata Mukherjee's editing and Prosenjit Chowdhury's cinematography were decent.


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