What is the story about?
Continuing from stories in Season 1 and Season 2, the life of Kalo Nekre is explored in detail. As her lover gets kidnapped, she enlists the help of a private investigator, Mora, who keeps thinking he’s dead. Elsewhere, Nameless decides to punish Shakuni by challenging him to another life-and-death game, while Mora himself gets entangled in a bet with her.
Like the proverbial cat that has nine lives, Rahasya Romancha Series is a show whose very existence defies all conventional wisdom. Magic realism and supernatural noir are well-explored genres abroad, and Hoichoi has flirted with these genres before in Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s vastly-underrated Dhaka Metro. But creator and director Abhirup Ghosh has brought his own signature touch to this genre with this series, in spite of severely-limited budgets. If the first couple of seasons were still unsure about themselves, Season 3 has a lightness of touch that is impossible to miss. At its best, this reminds you of what David Lynch pulled off with Twin Peaks.
Having worked hard to establish this twisted universe, Ghosh and his cast seem to be having fun. However, the real party begins when Mora appears on screen. Mora, or “dead”, the investigator who suffers from Cotard’s syndrome, is unlike anyone you’ve seen before. He’s a bundle of contradictions—he loves to luxuriate in the world of the dead, yet the love for his family and his nose for thrills keep pulling him back into the world of the living. It’s a dark joke, but it’s true—Mora is the life and soul of this season, while every other character, including Nameless, Shakuni and Kalo Nekre orbit around him.
Saurav Das has a blast playing Mora. Watching him play the investigator with deadpan eyes and a dark sense of humour is a different experience altogether. Saayoni Ghosh and Kanchan Mallick are dependable as Nameless and Shakuni. However, Saoli Chattopadhyay‘s Kalo Nekre is the weak link in this season.
Music & Other Departments
Amlaan A Chakraborty’s background score is moody and builds up the tension quite effectively. Subhadeep Naskar’s cinematography is excellent.
The fourth episode, which documents Mora’s race against time to solve a murder inside a locked room in order to win the bet against Nameless, is a breathless delight.
Kalo Nekre was the interesting factor behind Season 2, so it is a bit sad to see her get short shrift in this season, as far as characterization goes.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes, it’s engrossing enough.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. It’s a smartly-done surreal season, and will only add to the legend of Abhirup Ghosh’s twisty universe.