Gora marks Ritwick’s first web series as an out-and-out detective.
Bengali content streaming platform Hoichoi has streamed into season 5 with a box of fresh content up its sleeve of varied genres, featuring credible talent. Adding to the roost is Gora, a Hoichoi original series that looks to offer an out-of-the-box take on the sharp-witted, memorious image of a detective.
Gora is helmed by Sayantan Ghosal and created by Sahana Dutta. The series stars the talented actor Ritwick Chakraborty. He had previously wowed the viewers with his stirring performance as Madhu, a flute player from Nawadwip, in Nagarkirtan.
Ritwik has acted in the Abir Chatterjee-starrer Byomkesh films Har Har Byomkesh and Byomkesh Pawrbo as Byomkesh's friend and the second lead, Ajit Kumar Banerjee. He even essayed the character of a journalist-turned-detective in Pratim D. Gupta’s Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo but Gora is his first web series as an out-and-out detective. The full cast of the series is yet to be revealed.
Gora is a detective but not up the alley of Sherlock, Feluda, or Byomkesh. He is rather a ‘defective’ detective who forgets the details of the cases he takes up, getting farther from the crossword puzzle-like solution for the case.
Hoichoi shared a short fun video announcing the series.
A tight close-up on Ritwick aka Gora gives us a glimpse of the quirks of the far-from-perfect sleuth. In a 'breaking the fourth wall' technique, Ritwick asks an unseen prospective client as to why is the camera up so close on his face, before he is hilariously reminded that he had himself wanted it to be kept that way.
Next, he breaks it to the client and the viewers by extension, that he doesn’t take up cases of a single murder. “Listen, pay a visit to me only when you have more than one murder at hand, for I am a single killer specialist,” he says (speak of being forgetful!).
In another scene of a side close-up shot of his face, Gora himself reveals that he is a scatterbrain, and shoos the prospective client away, accusing him of taking advantage of his faulty memory.
The sneak-peak is fresh, largely due to Ritwick’s envious talent bursting in every frame. It also hints to be an offbeat and engaging watch with the promise of a pull-up and play with the conventions of the detective genre as a whole.