Cast: Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Anirban Bhattacharjee, Raima Sen, Rwitobroto Mukherjee
Directed by: Srijit Mukherji
Few film-makers do the underbelly – both of the city and of the human mind – with as much panache and rawness as Srijit Mukherji, and Dwitiyo Purush continues his exploration of the same after Baishey Srabon, Chotushkone and Vinci Da.
Baishey Srabon (2011) ushered in a new kind of cinema in Bengali, altering its audio-visual landscape forever. Despite its star trappings, it created a bleak, realistic socio-cultural scenario that was at odds with everything the Bengali bhadralok identified with. As such, attempting to follow up on its premises was always going to be tough act. In his new film then, Srijit does well to steer clear of certain aspects of the original – its engagement with the social and cultural milieu, for example – and concentrate instead on the thriller aspects focusing on the warped mind games of its two protagonists. Police officer Abhijit Pakrashi (Parambrata), still haunted by the spectre of his senior Prabir Ray Chaudhuri (Prosenjit), and the suspected ‘serial killer’ Khoka (Anirban Bhattacharjee) who has a thing for Shah Rukh Khan songs and engraving his name on the forehead of his victims.
Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is either an 'accidental' editor who strayed into publishing from a career in finance and accounts or an 'accidental' finance person who found his calling in publishing. He studied commerce and after about a decade in finance and accounts, he left it for good. He did a course in film, television and journalism from the Xavier's Institute of Mass Communication, Mumbai, after which he launched a film magazine of his own called Lights Camera Action. As executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers India, he helped launch what came to be regarded as the go-to cinema, music and culture list in Indian publishing. Books commissioned and edited by him have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images) Award for Best Writing on Cinema. He also commissioned and edited some of India's leading authors like Gulzar, Manu Joseph, Kiran Nagarkar, Arun Shourie and worked out co-pub arrangements with the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives, apart from publishing a number of first-time authors in cinema whose books went on to become best-sellers. In 2017, he was named Editor of the Year by the apex publishing body, Publishing Next. He has been a regular contributor to Anupama Chopra's online magazine Film Companion. He is also a published author, with two books to his credit: Whims – A Book of Poems (published by Writers Workshop) and Icons from Bollywood (published by Penguin Books). He is at present, executive editor at Penguin Random House India.