“Sabash Bangalir Baccha!”- Abhirup Ghosh’s ‘Rahasya Romancho Series 2’ is one of the best crime suspense thrillers of recent times in Bengali web series. It’s one of its rare kinds of series which deals with a dark crime world yet it ensures a complete entertainer for the masses and classes. If the first season gives you a glimpse of three separate short stories then the season two has the depth of a novel. The beauty lies in its edgy storytelling where the director takes its first story ‘Jhontu Motors’ forward and backward. Abhirup Ghosh’s narrative not only pays tribute to pulp literature but also reminds you a lot about 70’s-80’s Manmohan Desai films as well as some of the other pure masala entertainers of 90’s and 2000. At the same time it has all the ingredients of a modern day mystery thriller with right dose of humour, suspense and action.
STORYLINE:- In season one we get to know about a leader of the gang of thieves, named ‘Jhontu Da’ who runs a secret business of stealing expensive bikes to cars behind his garage ‘Jhontu Motors.’ But the way he used to steal vehicles with the help of the needy people and his mastermind plans, was a treat to watch out for. Doubts obviously came to your mind about his origin, deeper activities and further operations. Season two comes up with all the answers. The narrative takes us back to 1975 where the little Sonaton turned present day ‘Jhontu Da’ is rescued, sheltered and trained by the previous ‘Jhontu Da.’ From fooling to stealing, robbing to killing, Sonaton learns everything. And later how he becomes the next ‘Jhontu Da’ while competing with five strong contenders in the gang forms the crux of ‘Jhontu Motors’ origin story. One gets to know a lot of things in details about the ‘Jhontu Motors’ gang & its challenges, tasks, operations and triumphs. This portion of the story is quite interesting and a thrilling ride whereas in ‘The Crime Writer’ and ‘The Gym Instructor’ mystery takes the front seat with the murder of a writer’s wife followed by more murders one after another. And finally the last one ‘Kalo Nekre’ brings a sharp shooter’s presence into the foray. But the million dollar question is, How ‘Jhontu Da’ and his ‘Jhontu Motors’ are connected to all these chain of events?
PLUSES:- It’s not at all easy to create a believable & logical origin story of ‘Jhontu Motors’ out of a successful first season. Writer, director Abhirup Ghosh not only impresses with the prequel parts but also shines in the sequel portions (mostly in ‘The Crime Writer’ and ‘The Gym Instructor). Jhontu Motors origin story and the brilliant execution of its thrilling tale is one of the biggest highlights of the second season. Moreover ‘The Crime Writer’ and ‘The Gym Instructor’ quite aptly justified its mysterious plot and hooks you to the seat-belt till the end. Ghosh deserves a round of applause for his interesting concept, wonderfully written taut screenplay, and intelligent direction. Even the dialogues are quite well written by the director keeping the subtle humour in mind. Watch out for the scene where Kharaj Mukherjee aka ‘Jhontu Da’ says to Sonaton, “Baba tor koto gulo Maa re!” Or in the opening scene where Rudranil Ghosh aka ‘Jhontu Da’ says, “Pod pakamo korben na, korle guli cholbe.” The way ghosh has developed the characters, is truly commending.
Some of the performances are good to excellent. Although few directors feel that Rudranil Ghosh is only meant for the powerful supporting roles but with ‘RRS2’ he proves again that he can pull off any leading roles with effortless ease. He looks confident and sharp as the mastermind ‘Jhontu Da’ whereas he turns suave with his hardworking mechanic image in the family and the locality. Kharaj Mukherjee is excellent in his ‘Jhontu Da’ avatar and grabs all the attention whenever he appears on the screen. The way he does his actions is exemplary. Among the females, Saoli Chattopadhay is fantastic as ‘Kalo Nekre.’ After ‘Akira’ (Tnusree Chakraborty) in ‘Zombiesthaan’, Abhirup Ghosh’s yet another female character does solid action in the tale. Anwesha Maitra as ‘Jhontu Da’s daughter makes her presence felt. Rajdeep Gupta is very natural in his writer act whereas Uday Pratap Singh is promising as the gym instructor. Sourav Saha is damn good as ‘Nitai.’ Special mention for two actors. First, Judhajit Sarkar as ‘Rajiv’ in the origin story and next, Krishnendu Dewanji in his police avatar. Both of the actors deserve more screen time going forward and should be seen more often.
Amlaan Chakraborty and Bob SN’s music and background score is first rate. Their thrilling BGM elevates the scale of the scenes to the next level. DOP Ayan Sil shot the film magnificently. Superlative camera work. Pijush Ghosh and Murshid’s editing is to the point.
MINUSES:- The sixth episode, ‘Kalo Nekre’ isn’t impactful compared to its other stories. Although it’s stylish, fast paced and full of action but the storyline lacks the soul. Thus it looks unconvincing in parts. Next, in ‘The Gym Instructor’, Uday Pratap Singh’s character ‘Arijit Sen’s name is showing in the news while the newsreader’s voice-over is saying, ‘Arijit Chakraborty.’ In the opening scene the actors who’ve portrayed the characters of a family members in the marriage, their act isn’t up to the mark. More attention is needed in all these segments. It would be great if the makers mention the actors name with their characters in season 3’s end credit title.
FINAL WORDS:- All said and done, ‘Rahasya Romancho Series 2’ is a mind-blowing experience. You can’t afford to miss this thrilling ride at any cost. Watch it on ‘Hoichoi originals’ or else in ‘Mxplayer.’
Last but not the least, Director Abhirup Ghosh should come back with ‘RRS3’ as it may turn out way more interesting if he connects ‘Jhontu Motors’ with ‘Shokuni.’ If it really happens then there’ll be face-off like never before!