Hitlist, Sandip Roy’s latest film has been promoted extensively before it had been released and it has been hyped because it is a Sandip Roy film, but unfortunately it isn’t going to live up to it’s mark. The reason is though it is supposed to be a thriller, it isn’t one and the exact genre of the film can not be determined. First the tale-
Five colleagues work in an ad agency out of which four of them try to make a deal which is in the wrong. The odd one out, Rana, is called to the place of one of them and persuaded to support his other friends, but he doesn’t relent. One colleague gets hyper and accidentally kills Rano in fit of rage. They then take his car, dump his body in the car and drive it off the road. It is later discovered by the police. Anindita; Rano’s wife joins the agency later on and becomes a good worker. Joy one of those four colleagues is discovered dead in a car accident. Subha, the colleague who had killed her husband, tries to get close to Anindita not knowing her real intentions. One day when he invites her for dinner and she brings home cooked food for him, he has a little meat and dies as it is poisoned. A retired cop cum investigator takes over the case. The remaining two colleagues, Deep and Kamalika (who are also husband and wife) and Anindita are sent to Kuala Lampur on an assignment. They along with Anindita start receiving calls from a mysterious number. Deep decides to finish off Anindita. He and his wife take Anindita to a deserted place and he starts assaulting her when he suddenly receives a call from that number. He understands it wasn’t Anindita, but someone else. The retired investigator P.R.Banerjee, (who had followed them to Malaysia as well as to the deserted place), land up at the same time and Deep tries to flee in his car, meets with an accident and both he and Kamalika perish. Anindita goes off to London to her sister.
The main reason why it may not succeed unlike Tintorretor Jishu is, Though the former may not have been acceptable to a few people of the class seeing Feluda changing himself with the age, it had pace, it had thrills, it had locales and also it had comic relief in the form of Jatayu to make up for any kind of drawback which it might otherwise have had, but the latter doesn’t have these qualities. At no point of time is it gripping enough for the audience to keep themselves glued to their seats, The locales though Kula Lampur are a complete different picture from his previous film and fails to connect. The films fails to connect as well.Koel as Anindita is okay as is Saheb as Subha, but Babul Supriya as Joy was completely unrequired.Siddharta Chatterjee, Topshe in Sonar Kella makes a comeback to the big screen after years as Rathin Nandy, head of the ad agency. Sudipta as Kamalika is good though Tota is okay. Dhritiman Chatterjee, a rare sight nowadays is god as P.R.Banerjee, the cop turned investigator. One feels even if the screenplay was a little different, Koel would have found it hard to be menacing which was required a little even in this film and that side of Anindita should have been explored and highlighted in the film over anything else. The director thought otherwise and took things in a different direction.