It is remiss to debate a present streaming on Hoichoi and not discuss intercourse. The streaming platform, which predominantly caters to Bengali audiences, has cultivated a distinctive status, which, if not anything, exists as a retort to the neighborhood’s prudish sensibilities. Most exhibits have the aesthetics of comfortable porn — innuendoes are the punchline, intercourse is an excuse, and the joke is on us. In Dujone — a 10-part collection centered on an imminent terrorist assault and mistaken identities — a lady suspects her husband is hiding one thing after affected by a near-death expertise. She follows him, retains a tab on him and then does the following most obvious factor, tries to have intercourse with him.
Dujone starring Soham and Srabanti Chatterjee, is the most recent addition to the roster of Hoichoi Originals. Directed by Promita Bhattacharya, it has two parallel tales — one the place the Intelligence Bureau is making an attempt to impede an assault from China, the opposite issues an prosperous household in Kolkata the place issues alter put up their inheritor’s mishap. After Amar Basu Thakur’s accident, he appears to be forgetting issues, and solely his spouse Ahona notices this. With her efforts yielding no consequence, she approaches a personal detective. Turns out, her husband (Soham) is removed from the person she thought him to be.
Although designed as a thriller, the large reveal in Dujone is predictable from the phrase go. That, nevertheless, is one of the lesser issues. Even when the vacation spot is identified, the journey could be fascinating. But Bhattacharya’s directorial outing suffers from each cliche that exists, chief amongst being naming its protagonist Amar simply because he escapes demise. But the extra nagging drawback is how unconvincing the characters and settings are.
Ever since Ahona (Srabanti) will get a whiff of one thing being amiss together with her husband, she unravels the decade-long household secret with the deftness of a skilled skilled. But the clincher is what raises her suspicion — not years of cash laundering however that her husband begins smoking all of the sudden. Similarly, the workplace, which is purported to be flourishing, resembled a dilapidated authorities housing and apparently a web site of shady dealings, it contained computer systems with no password.
It is like when the narrative takes a break from being implausible, it busies itself being contrived. Every drawback is bypassed by handy backstories, which exist solely to fabricate a answer. In the midst of such lazy writing, Dujone additionally conveniently sneaks within the thought of a Muslim saviour, which serves completely no objective aside from taking part in to the nationalistic gallery.
At one level Ahona asks a chic query: “Am I stupid?” That the collection goes on for ten episodes and ends on a cliffhanger recommend the makers suppose we’re.
Dujone is streaming on Hoichoi