FIR No 339/07/06
Another start to a monday but seems it is back to Monday Blues. It was Pakistan who beat India in a rather one sided affair that may have dampened our spirits just that little bit. But what was heartening was a picture of Rizwan hugging a smiling Virat after the match. Now that is cricket, you fight on the field and give it your all but at the end of the day you are buddies. Some of the toxic fans did try to pull a few players down but better sense prevailed and they were called out for the same. At the end of the day, the fans need to realise that cricket is much more than a game that teaches you so many life lessons. And post match, I decided to sink my sorrow and watch the newly released Bengali film on Zee5 called FIR No. 339/07/06(let us just call it FIR in this review). Was it worth my time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
FIR follows the story of an investigating officer been deployed to investigate a string of murders. Who is the culprit when everyone is a suspect? If you know me then you would be aware of my love for the serial killer movies. A good whodunnit is just the tonic for my ticking mind. The screenplay here is not very fast paced. It takes some amount of time to buildup and introduce you to the world. The parts of the investigation are pretty interesting with clues thrown in here and there. Also, some of the issues regarding power are deftly dealt with and effectively so. But almost at the three quarters mark, there is a major clue provided to the audience which does act as a spoiler considering that the guessing game was still on. That clue could have been avoided or left out in the final edit to make this an even more interesting watch. The grand reveal would have been a good one. But this screenplay is still quite gripping and thrilling and worth investing your time on.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are pretty cerebral and make you think. They certainly do leave an impact. The music is alright, the BGM too is above average. The direction by Joydeep Mukherjee is pretty good for most of the parts. The pre climax though could have been slightly better but overall a good job done.
The performances are pretty good. Priyanka Bhattacharjer as Deepa is pretty good in the limited scope which she gets. Falaque Rashid Roy as Shiuli looks pretty and makes for an emotional presence in the film. Bonny Sengupta as Naren has a good screen presence and is quite impressive in his role. One of my current favourites Ritabhari Chakraborty as Esha is wonderfully restrained here. Quite a few shades to her character and she does full justice to it. Ankush Hazra as Abhrajit is truely phenomenal here. He puts forth a power packed performance coupled with towering act.
Despite a few flaws, FIR is a thrilling and gripping whodunnit. Available on Zee5.