Pariah Volume 1 Movie Review: Vikram-Soumya Steals The Show With Stellar Performances In Crime-Thriller

Are you planning to watch Vikram Chatterjee and Soumya Mukherjee starrer Pariah Volume 1: Every Street Dog Has a Name? Read our review first!

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?Pariah Volume 1

Critic's Ratings

starstarstarstarstar

3.5

Thriller

Release Date

Mar 1, 2024

Duration

2 hr 18 mins
Pariah Volume 1 Movie Review Vikram-Soumya Steals The Show With Stellar Performances In Crime-Thriller
?Pariah Volume 1 Movie Review: Vikram-Soumya Steals The Show With Stellar Performances In Crime-Thriller

About ?Pariah Volume 1

After quite a long time, Vikram Chatterjee starrer Pariah Volume 1: Every Street Dog Has A Name is a Bengali film that almost successfully keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the film. The crime-thriller revolves around Vikram (a nameless man whose name gets disclosed towards the end), who is in search of a missing puppy and ends up destroying a dog meat racket. With a strong message to save dogs from crime, mind-boggling action sequences, and a gripping storyline, Pariah deserves credit.

Storyline

The film starts with the story of an old woman who runs a small hotel in Kolkata. She loves to feed stray dogs. One day, she gets into an argument with the local goons who run a dog meat business chain. They end up killing the old woman and her dogs. After this incident, the protagonist starts looking for a specific puppy, which used to be the woman's favourite puppy. Though he becomes unable to find the dog, he successfully keeps on punishing the ones who cause harm to the dogs. Finally, he meets Nanda (played by Soumya Mukherjee), who is a butcher by profession and runs an illegal dog meat business racket. Whether the protagonist will be able to find the dog by the end, how will he deal with Nanda, and what is his past that he never speaks about—all these factors help to keep the storyline gripping. However, there are a few flaws.

Performances

Vikram Chatterjee deserves special mention for his transformation. From the sweet chocolate boy in Ichchhe Nodi (a Bengali daily soap where he used to play the lead) to a muscle man with high-voltage action skills and a ripped body in Pariah, he has come a long way.
Vikram's acting in Pariah stands out. Even though his character isn't very expressive and reserved in nature, he perfectly portrays the role through his strong dialogue and not-so-creepy smile. Angana Roy and Sreelekha Mitra also shine in their roles as NGO workers. Ambarish Bhattacharya excels as a tough lawyer who isn't afraid to go to any length to earn money and keep up his reputation. However, the film's standout is Soumya Mukherjee's portrayal of a butcher and killer. His body language and expressions during the monologues are remarkable.

Direction

Tathagata Mukhopadhyay has helmed the film. The first part of Pariah takes its time to unfold, moving at a slow pace that might test your patience. However, as the story progresses into the second half, brace yourself for an intense ride. The latter half is packed with action sequences and scenes filled with blood, making it a rollercoaster of adrenaline. The director's choice to amp up the action adds a dynamic element but could be a bit much for those who prefer a steadier pace.

Final Verdict Despite too much violence and the same type of action scenes, Pariah manages to deliver both the calm and the storm, creating a cinematic experience that keeps you on your toes. Not only that, in the current scenario of Bengali cinema, where there are hardly any mind-boggling films with a gripping storyline, Pariah outshines. The film also successfully advocates against the crime against stray dogs and delivers a strong message to save them.
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