What is the story about?
Jute industrialist Amar Basu Thakur gets involved in a serious accident while being chased by unidentified cars. He is aided in his recovery by his family, including his loving wife Ahana. However, Ahana suspects Amar is not who he is. Relying on her intuition, Ahana sets out to discover the truth. But will she be able to live with the consequences?
One of the curious trends about Hoichoi's entire catalogue of thrillers is how generic they seem at times. Barring a few shows, including the phenomenal Mohanagar, sex and abuses flow freely through half-baked narratives. In that sense, Dujone arrives like a breath of fresh air. For the first time, it feels like you can watch a Bengali series from a Kolkata-based team and not be greeted by unnecessary abuses. In fact the 13+ rating took me by surprise.
Writers Mitali Ojha and Romit Ojha, and director Promita, know their target audience well. Ever since the series was announced, with Intuition being the initial title, Dujone has been awaited by audiences hungry to watch Soham and Srabanti Chatterjee in action again. Watching them play off each other in an untested medium is a move that should be beneficial to both. As opposed to films, where the burden of the box-office is always on their shoulders, here they are more relaxed and subtle in their expressions and dialogue delivery, and Dujone scores when the spotlight is on them. The makers even thrown in some of their best hit songs in the bag, with Oh My Love from Amanush, Dhichkiyaon from Jamai 420 and Egiye De from Shudhu Tomari Jonyo featuring as a mini "Greatest Hits" parade in the narrative.
Unfortunately, for all the focus on their two charismatic leads, the makers of Dujone neglect the most important part: the story. Beginning with a fantastic premise that is rooted in today's socio-political scenario, the show had the potential to be an engrossing potboiler. Unfortunately, the writing considerably slackens after Episode 4, and takes its own sweet time to get to the cliffhanger at the end of the season. The urgency of a web show is strangely missing here, because the pacing is very sluggish and the story progresses almost like your average Bengali TV serial. The relentless focus on Soham and Srabanti's characters also leaves little room for exploring the supporting characters and the motives for their actions. In that sense, you don't really know whether to call Dujone a step forward or a step back. I only hope the makers come up with better writing in Season 2.
Besides Soham and Srabanti, who are definitely assured, the rest of the cast doesn't get much scope. Indrajit Majumdar shines as an Intelligence Bureau in hot pursuit of Amar, while Adrija Roy is menacing as Amar's secretary Kalki. Other actors, such as Debshankar Halder, Rajdeep Ghosh, Dibyasha Das and others, hardly get any scope in this season.
Music & Other Departments
Souvik Basu's cinematography and Amit-Ishan's background score are all right.
Soham and Srabanti's performances.
Soham's improptu jig when Dhichkiyaon plays at the party.
The sluggish pacing of the narrative
No scope for much of the supporting cast
Did I enjoy it?
It's a mildly enjoyable thriller. I only wish it were better written.
Do I recommend it?
You can give this a watch if you are a fan of Soham and Srabanti's chemistry, or if you like thrillers surrounding identities. But don't expect anything extraordinary.