You know what is the best thing about the Shobor series? Undoubtedly, it is a crime thriller and there is a good dose of suspense and drama in it. And the taut screen and action sequences are going to keep you hooked to your seats. Unfortunately, the last two crucial elements are missing from the script of Ashche Abar Shobor. A serial killer at lose, rape and murder of a series of high profile escorts and a murder of an unruly young girl, an alleged affair between the girl and a thirty-year old man. The elements are all there, but the connecting dots are missing.
Like all Shobor films, the movie starts on a high-strung note with anticipations galore. However, running two parallel stories is not an easy job, and soon the viewers get confused about who, what, why and how. Somehow, in the middle of the murders, the appearance of Shobor and the characters, the story simply gets lost.
It is definitely not a bad film, but the saying that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ can be aptly applied for the third film in the Shobor series. Too many people with too many complexities and too many intricacies; and the plot get muddled. Characters are hastily sketched which means you will have lots of loose ends in the movie. One of the important characters of the movie Bijoy has a story of his own with a lot of contradictions. The story becomes quite predictable after some time. Music is definitely a saving grace
As for the performances, Saswata Chatterjee cannot act badly, even if he wants to! But age has its limitations, and you can feel it in the chase sequences. Sanjib (Gourab Chakraborty) comes to the rescue. And both the aides Nandalal and Sanjib have done complete justice to their roles. There is nothing spectacular, but they have done their job well which means a lot in a confused narrative.
Overall, Ashche Abar Shobor had lived up to its hype; but when compared to its predecessors it definitely falls short in a lot of aspects.