What is the story about?
Two years after the events of Season 1, Mrinalini spends her days in an asylum, with her imaginary friend Rumki for company. The murder of the psychologist on duty brings Dr. Kanishka, a young doctor, to the asylum. As the body count rises, Dr. Kanishka discovers shocking truths about the asylum. But who is behind the killings?
The best thing about Season 1 of Bonyo Premer Golpo (or Crimes of Desire) was that the story never let itself be dominated by the final twist. Rather, it was a fascinating character study of Mrinalini as a psychologist who went to great lengths—even murder and manipulation—to ensure her paper was pathbreaking. But Season 2, which is a continuation of her story, is determined to make the proceedings darker.
Director Sani Ghosh Ray, in collaboration with writers Sreejib and Abir Gupta, take the season into the realm of implausibility with an unnecessarily dark narrative. There are so many sub-plots dotting the ten episodes that it becomes impossible to keep track of the main story. Take away the sub-plots, and there's not enough meat in the story to last even three episodes. The addition of a sex-racket and various attempts to jack up the shock value, such as severed heads and legs, only complicate matters further. Overall, this season is a big downer.
Since the narrative itself is so far-fetched, can the performances be far behind? Tnsuree Chakraborty and Arjun Chakraborty, both terrific actors, are severely limited by the material they have to work with, with Tnusree hamming her way as a schizophrenic. The same goes for Chandni Saha and Ena Saha, who play Aditi and Rumki. The only performances of note come from two unexpected quarters—Daminee Benny Basu's sharp, foul-mouthed Inspector Binapani is a delight to watch, while Adrija Roy's Jharna makes you feel for her, once her arc is unravelled to the audience.
Music & Other Departments
Prosenjit Chowdhury's camerawork and Nilanjan Mondal's editing leave a lot to be desired. Subho Pramanik's background score builds up the mood of the dark narrative amply.
The convoluted storyline of the entire season, with its various subplots, gets too taxing. It becomes difficult to keep track of the subplots at times.
Did I enjoy it?
No. In spite of the way storylines are wrapped up in the season finale, you come away with a deep sense of dissatisfaction.
Do I recommend it?