Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni is a TV series directed by Srijit Mukherji and starring Rahul Bose, Anirban Bhattacharya, Azmeri Haque Badhon, Anjan Dutt and Anirban Chakrabarti, alongside other cast members.
– Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni review does not contain spoilers –
Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni, much like its name, from its first minute, feels too long. Without spoiling major plot points while giving an example, REKKA (as it’s called) starts off with a plane crash. That crash and what happens after takes place for so long that before it even starts, you’ll be annoyed.
Anyway, Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni is the name of a restaurant in this series. From early on, we are given the impression that the place is shady. So is its mysterious owner, Mushkan. Everyone is apparently enticed by her and Ator Ali even calls her a witch. That’s expected since it’s easier to call successful women witches than acknowledging their hard work. Or… is there something more sinister going on?
As I mentioned previously, REKKA is entirely too long, by the second episode I was a bit confused and tired. The interactions between people go on forever and the exposition dump is a lot. Ok, I know that the exposition is important but they are so stretched out that it becomes a chore to watch. Additionally, there are also unnecessarily lengthy scenes that add nothing to the story as a whole.
Due to this, it’s very odd to watch Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni. For a long time, I couldn’t understand what the series is about – is it supernatural, thriller or murder mystery? We drown in exposition for so long and so much that the interest kind of wanes after a while.
Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni looks absolutely beautiful though. The production quality, as expected from a Srijit Mukherji venture, is stunning and it’s a treat to watch. The background music is fine, but there are a few unnecessary false jumpscares that are annoying.
Much like Murder in the Hills, REKKA tries to end every episode with a cliffhanger. The protagonist will definitely be in some problem or issue and the episode will end with a loud sound and a bang. Unfortunately for both of these shows though, the cliffhanger that we end with doesn’t really add too much intrigue or excitement for us to jump to the next episode. More often than not, it’s something minuscule or apparent.
Now, Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni, picks up some pace after the fourth episode. The twist that the series takes after this is quite interesting, albeit a bit expected. The subsequent twists are pretty good, really got me interested to watch the rest and understand how the different threads tie together. My biggest gripe with REKKA, though, is that it leaves nothing to the imagination. The series does not make us think but gives us everything on a platter.
Unfortunately, REKKA cannot hold on to its great pacing after these episodes. The last two have so much exposition that it again bogs the runtime down. If the creators had trimmed the runtime, I’m sure the viewing experience wouldn’t feel quite so burdensome and would be tighter and more thrilling. Also, that ending explanation is just so goofy. I can’t even.
Performances throughout are great though and Anirban Bhattacharya and Azmeri Haque Badhon, especially, do a good job. Badhon is captivating as the elusive and mysterious Mushkan and her dialogue delivery adds to her character’s charm. The biggest disappointment, unfortunately, was Rahul Bose. Listen, I love Bose and his acting. Bulbbul still gives me nightmares. But he’s so stiff and cardboard-like, it’s odd to watch.
There are some dubbing issues as well with some characters. It just looks so odd when there are dialogues being spoken but they are not talking or are saying something else.
Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni has some great music, which, you know, is expected since most of it is Rabindra Sangeet. Always a win, always great to listen to. Talking about Rabindra Sangeet, the series uses Rabindra Sangeet beautifully as its episode titles as well.
However, trigger warning for some people who are not used to graphic violence. There are instances of gnarly stuff for one whole episode that would be a spoiler if I tell you, so be wary.
Summing up: Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni
Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni’s expository first half does not talk for its very interesting second half. There are still pacing issues, but it’s still pretty interesting. However, it leaves nothing to the imagination, so take that for what you will!
Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni is streaming on Hoichoi.