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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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