Saswata Chatterjee, Arjun Chakrabarty and Priyanka Sarkar-starrer thriller draws to a close with a series of repetitions and an unclear ending
Last Updated: 03.49 AM, Jun 06, 2022
Story: The final three episodes of Mahabharat Murders doesn’t only reveal the killers’ identity, but also takes us to the dark backstories of childhood trauma, oppression and abuse.. The recovery of Ruksana’s (Priyanka Sarkar) family property from a suspect’s hideout forces her to reconsider Abirlal’s (Kaushik Sen) involvement in the murders. Meanwhile, Pabitra Chatterjee (Saswata Chatterjee) – the new chief minister of the state – goes to the hills for administrative work. It is imminent for Ruksana to meet Pabitra for the final act.
Review: For a neat murder mystery, it is important to go beyond identifying the real killer. Getting logical and comprehensive answers to all the twists and turns is as important as knowing who has finally done it. Mahabharat Murders does not only fail to give a lowdown on details of several characters but also confuses the audience with its half-baked ending.
Let's begin with the ending when we know the killers, backstories and connection. And then there are a series of unexplained sequences involving a black capsule, a sound of a mobile notification, Laltu’s (Sankar Debnath) encounter with Pabitra and a gatecrashing at CM’s bungalow. The sequence of events is as bizarre and confusing as mentioned above and as a result, we barely understand what goes on there. While the last three episodes are dotted with repetitive scenes from the earlier episodes, the ending is abrupt and unclear.
Anyway, let’s move on to the rest of the episodes. By the end of the third part of the series, Ruksana suspects that there is more than one murderer involved in the case. The 10th episode of the final part starts with Ruksana’s visit to the place where it all began decades ago. Slowly, Pabitra helps her join the dots and the connection between Bheem and Judhisthir comes to light.
In the Hoichoi series, director Soumik Haldar takes a few deviations from the original novel, Arnab Ray’s The Mahabharat Murders to make it more relevant to the Indian backdrop. The childhood trauma of the murderer goes a few notches grislier than the original text. The series is well written but it fails to impress because of repetition, occasional sloppy acting and lack of comprehensive logic. For example, Laltu’s easy access to Pabitra Chatterjee after he becomes the chief minister is unconvincing. There are several other loose ends. Meanwhile, Pabitra does what he has been doing throughout the series – explaining the chain of events to Ruksana, who is supposed to be one of the finest cops in the department.
Verdict: If you have watched the previous episode, you will watch the fourth part as well to know the story. However, the final chapters of the series are underwhelming and sloppy. These three episodes lack the crispness of the previous parts. However, if the director would have been a little more meticulous in leading the viewer to the solution of the mystery, the series would have been more gripping, complex, and as a result unforgettable.