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Kuheli  (2016)  (Bengali)
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Kuheli belongs to the horror sub genre i.e vampire cult. The first of its kind in Bengali film history. Eventually which reveals itself to be a romantic thriller.
2.8 out of 5 (Fairly Good) Kuheli NOWRUNNING REVIEW | Rwita Dutta
Rating:  2.8/5
Nowrunning Critics: 2.8/5
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Kuheli is publicized to be a vampire film, first of its kind in Bengali film industry. Vampire cult is mainly a western paradigm but in the land of Kali and tantric rituals, can vampires be left behind? Debarati Gupta, in a shoe string budget, tried to blend her art house tendencies with the subgenre of horror films and produced Kuheli with some fresh faces mainly targeted towards the younger audience who have by now completely immersed themselves into the in/famous twilight saga.

Kuheli happens in our beloved city, Kolkata where a young NRI couple comes to stay. Sayak, a travel blogger and Amrita (played by Indrasish and Pujarini Ghosh, and reasonably well) move to an apartment and along with their arrival, a series of gory killings start happening. Investigative officer ACP Mahapatra (Kaushik Sen) and his assistant Inspector Samanta (Anindya Pulak) after a tête-à-tête with retired police officer Nisith Roy (Barun Chanda) tried to crack the mystery surrounding the chain of massacres happening, with the NRI couple as suspect. Chandrayee Ghosh as Romila Debi is befitting as a tarot card reader, a friendly neighbour to this couple.

The film somehow lacks action/twists and depends heavily on dialogues. Kuheli is actually a love story under the guise of a horror/murder mystery. Kaushik Sen had nothing much to do. His charisma is conspicuous by its absence. The three street savvy sex maniacs from the locality had nothing to contribute to the plot. They are an aberration in the film.

Anindya Pulak acted smart. Barun Chanda is a revelation, he had the crispest dialogues in his kitty and he delivered them well. The music is not noteworthy. Joydeep Bose as a cinematographer did justice to his alma mater! Debarati has added her signature as a Director by converting the western vampire cult into a story of love, sacrifice and mutual protection which defines the very core of eastern philosophy. Even though the film is first of its kind in Bengali cinema, it fails to be timeless!
Critic: Rwita Dutta
 2.8 out of 5 (Fairly Good) 2.8 out of 5 (Fairly Good)  

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