Exploring The Best In Bengali Thriller Fiction

Thrillers in Bengali fiction, be it novels, movies or even web series, offer both food for thought and edge of the seat entertainment. Since our childhood days, we have been exposed to thriller gems like Satyajit Ray’s Feluda and much such thrilling stories. But in recent times, the quality of content has reached a whole new high and Bengalis are exploring new angles to revitalise the thriller genre.  Here are some examples of such thrillers in various formats that you must check out.

Kaali starring the very talented Paoli Dam

The first Original Bengali web series presented on ZEE5, Kaali features Paoli Dam and is produced by Parambrata Chattopadhyay of Kahaani fame. It is a fast-paced thriller which depicts a helpless mother who is desperate to do anything to save her son’s life. In her journey spanning across a couple of hours, she is forced to face the dark side of Kolkata’s underbelly to secure the money she needs. Full of thrills, Kaali showcases the irrepressible spirit of a mother on a quest to save her son.

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Focussing the lens on the Kolkata’s darker side, Kaali presents an interesting anti-hero (heroine) character in the form of Paoli Dam. Going by trailer, her character is revealed to possess various shades just like the other characters in the show. But what stands out is her determination to save her son, at any cost.

Baishe Srabon

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A twisted psychological thriller by director Srijit Mukherjee, Baishe Srabon is often considered one of the best thrillers in Bangla. The film revolves around Prosenjit Chatterjee, who plays a suspended Police Officer known to be just as clever as he is brutal. But when a serial killer starts killing people leaving behind Bengali poem couplets, Prosenjit joins hands with a junior officer played by Parambrata and sets to find the serial killer. Blending Bengali culture with a crime thriller was a wonderful experiment and brings forth twists that few movies had pulled off before.

Also Read: Best Movies By Prosenjit Chatterjee That is A Must Watch


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Again, a Srijit Mukherjee directorial, Chotushkone had an amazing plot and a frightful ending. The movie revolved around four directors coming together to make an anthology film. The common link between all their stories is the theme of death. But how the filmmaking process affects their own lives is what the movie sheds light on. A macabre tale of revenge, Chotuskone is a thriller that features some serious twists that are ideal for those seeking edge of the seat entertainment.

Byomkesh Gotro

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Most Bengalis are well aware of the name Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. For those who do not recognize his name are sure to recognize his famous creation – Byomkesh Bakshi. One of the most famous names in detective fiction in India,  Byomkesh has spawned numerous short stories, novels, TV shows and even movies.  While there are many stories to choose from, one movie that particularly caught some attention in recent times was Byomkesh Gotro. Based on the Byomkesh Bakshi story Rakter Daag, the movie saw Abir Chatterjee brilliantly take up the mantle of Byomkesh.

Kiriti Omnibus

Dr Nihar Ranjan Gupta was a famous Bengali novelist, known for creating the character, Kiriti Roy. Celebrated for sartorial elements, the Kiriti Roy book series was an interesting glimpse into the world of crime with a classy touch.

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For those who wish to explore more in Bengali, thriller fiction should definitely check out works involving Kakababu, Goenda Arjun, Katai Katai etc. Let me know in the comments of your favourite pieces of thriller fiction in Bangla.

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26 thoughts on “Exploring The Best In Bengali Thriller Fiction

  1. Hi Sayeri,

    Byomkesh Bakshi.is one character which always facsinates me. He is super smart and has answers for all questions. I love the tele-series when it was telecasted and I have seen some of Byomkesh Bakshi.movies as well. I love it.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Have a good day. 🙂

  2. really intrigued by this collection – psychological thrillers are my favorite genre! could you tell me if they have subtitles in english, on zee5 , for these movies? would love to watch ’em!

  3. I always love reading about tv series and movies on your blog. Aah and not to forget celebrity fashion/style posts too. Coming to this one, I’m really intrigued by Kaali and would love to watch it . Thanks for sharing.

  4. Though I have never watched a Bengali movie, going by your list and description I guess will have to watch some starting with Kaali.By the way , Byomkesh Bakshi tele series has been my fav. growing up.

  5. I have never watched any Bengali movie, though have heard that some are real masterpiece. Will share the info in this blog with my Bengali friends though.

  6. Looks lie my weekend is sorted, I am definitely going to watch a few of these on weekend. Thank you for sharing this.

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