What is the story about?
Following the events of Chapter 1, Rishi ingratiates himself into Aruna's affections, much to the chagrin of the rest of the household. As they try and stop him, Rishi proves to be a dangerous and psychotic nemesis.
Watching two halves of Mohomaya a couple of months apart is like watching Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in action. It is just impossible to believe that this second chapter is a continuation of the story that unfolded on Hoichoi just a couple of months ago. You keep wondering how creator Sahana Dutta and director Kamaleswar Mukherjee got the entire second half of the story so wrong. Rishi, who is supposed to be the most disturbing character on the show, is written in a disjointed manner in this fresh batch of five episodes. In the first part, he was scary and creepy enough, but here, he just becomes psychotic and prone to schizophrenia without any rhyme or reason. Also, his creepiness is amped up to unbearable levels, with scenes hilariously showing how he spies on his own room to see who's prying into his world. This creates a problem vis-a-vis his tragic backstory which is often told in flashback, because there's a discord between the two.
And it's not just Rishi's character. The melodrama, which was superbly restrained in the first part, pushes this second half off the rails. Characters whine and whimper for no rhyme or reason, there's a lot of screeching going on, and the background score and editing become disturbing to watch after a point. There are a couple of murders that are shot with adequate amounts of dread building up to the climactic moments, but these are few and far between in a screenplay that spectacularly tosses logic out of the window. This is a big disappointment, considering how well the first part of the series shaped up.
Most of the work in this half had to be shouldered by Bipul Patra, because this is structured as the origin story of Rishi. However, Rishi is an ill-written character, constantly prone to psychotic bouts and mood swings, and Patra unfortunately becomes the victim here. Ananya Chatterjee has to ham it up as Maya, Rishi's late mother, who keeps appearing as a malevolent figure in his consciousness. The only person who manages to salvage something from this mess is Swastika Mukherjee, who is superb, especially in the last couple of episodes where she has a meltdown.
Music & Other Departments
The background score is ear-splittingly loud. Even though the cinematography is great, the editing can trigger claustrophobia.
The murder sequences are neatly done.
The screenplay has too many gaps in logic, and the characters are inconsistently written. Also, there are disturbing visuals of a child murdering someone.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?