Hitchcock believed in ‘Suspense’, not in ‘Surprise’. He said, “If it is a surprise we can give the public fifteen seconds of surprise in a fifteen minute scene, but if it is a suspense we would be able to provide the public with fifteen minutes of suspense”. And for that reason though we see two friends John Dull and Farley Granger murders their friend in the first scene of “Rope”, we never lose any attention for the entire 100 minutes till James Stewart hand them over to police.
Sandip Ray did the same thing in his new release “Hit List”, a murder mystery, though we know that Koel Mallick has started killing the murderers of her husband Subhrajit Dutta, we never lose any attention till Dhritiman Chatterjee, the cop, is ready to hand over her to the police.
In both “Rope” and “Hit List” the two directors took the same theory of “Suspense” not “Surprise”. Only for this reason Sandip’s father Satyajit Ray was never happy about his film “Chiriakhana” which had a “Surprise”- element at the end.
The story begins to Kolkata and ends in Kualalampur. Though Sandip said that, “KL was necessary”, but it could be any where than Kolkata.
It tells the story of corruption in an advertisement agency. In the beginning we come to know that apart from the creative director Subhrajit, all the other members of the creative team Tota Roy Chowdhury, Saheb Chatterjee, Babul Supriyo and Sudipta Chakraborty have joined hand in selling the concept of the ad to the rival agency. Subhrajit oppose this and they kill him. Police officer Saswata Chatterjee came to know about this crime when he comes to investigate the murder of Babul Supriyo. And before coming to any conclusion Saheb Chatterjee was also murdered. And then he summons his ex-boss Dhritiman Chatterjee to investigate the murder cases and wants to know whether there is any connection with these three murders.
The tension is created, when and how investigating authority would come to know that Koel Mallick is behind the murders. Sandip has designed his screenplay in such a manner that till end the curiosity of the audience exists though they know who the murderer is.
Siddhartha Chatterjee (Topse of Senior Ray’s Feluda film) and Tinnu Anand are there in small cameo and they have done well. For the first time we see Aniruddha Chakladar, stylist and Sanat Ghosh, photographer in their real-life role in this film.
The music is done by Sandip himself, and it is so minimal that rarely you will identify any background music.