Dawshom Awbotaar marks a return to the intriguing world of Probir Roy Chowdhury, brought to life by Prosenjit Chatterjee, and skillfully crafted by director Srijit Mukherji. This prequel to the 2011 hit “Baishe Srabon” delves into the origins of the brooding cop’s career as he investigates a series of gruesome serial killings. The film seamlessly weaves together elements of crime, mystery, and romance, making it a unique addition to Bengali cinema.
Prosenjit Chatterjee’s portrayal of Probir is nothing short of exceptional, and Anirban Bhattacharya’s role as inspector Bijoy Poddar adds depth to the narrative. Their camaraderie as they hunt down a diabolical serial killer is captivating and forms the heart of the story.
Jisshu Sengupta’s performance as the unhinged serial killer Biswaroop Bardhan is a standout. He manages to combine an outwardly nerdy persona with an underlying sense of menace, creating a character that keeps you on edge. Jaya Ahsan’s enigmatic portrayal of Moitreyee Ghatak adds an intriguing dimension to the narrative.
The film takes a different approach to storytelling by revealing the identity of the killer from the beginning, making it a ‘whydunit’ rather than a ‘whodunit.’ This choice doesn’t diminish the suspense, as the focus shifts to understanding the motivation behind the killings. The incorporation of clues from the works of German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Nibaron Chakraborty, is a creative touch, connecting Dawshom Awbotaar to its predecessor “Baishe Srabon.”
The chemistry between Probir and Bijoy is a highlight, and the way they work together adds depth to the plot. The film’s music, especially the song “Aami Shei Manushta Aar Nei,” and the background score, skillfully composed by Anupam Roy and Indraadip Dasgupta, contribute to the film’s atmosphere.
However, in comparison to “Baishe Srabon,” Dawshom Awbotaar might be considered somewhat simpler in its plot, with some predictable elements. Additionally, the film’s runtime of 154 minutes feels a bit overstretched, especially in the second half, losing the impact of the climax due to its prolonged nature.
In conclusion, Dawshom Awbotaar is a compelling Bengali film that delves into the origins of a beloved character, offering a different take on the crime thriller genre. It excels in character dynamics, performances, and creative elements, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre and those familiar with “Baishe Srabon.” However, it could benefit from a tighter narrative and more concise storytelling.
Dawshom Awbotaar Review: Bengali Film is an Engaging Thriller