Cartoon: TV Series Review

Cartoonist Aritra’s life turns upside down when mysterious things start happening in his new apartment. Mayhem ensues when a paranormal activist dies suddenly.

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Genre: Horror
Director: Sourav Chakraborty
Starring: Paayel Sarkar, Mainak Banerjee
Release: 26th September, 2017
Language: Bengali
Network: Hoichoi

Cartoonist Aritra’s life turns upside down when mysterious things start happening in his new apartment. Mayhem ensues when a paranormal activist dies suddenly.

A Fan’s Take

7 episodes, each averaging around 18 minutes per episode, Cartoon is a brave attempt at a genre in which people fail much more than they succeed. Newly married, Aritra and his girlfriend Jinia move into a flat where strange things start happening right from the first night giving no respite to Aritra, an aspiring cartoonist of a local magazine. Aritra’s boss started receiving blank pages instead of the cartoons he used to send via email.

Strange occurings around the house convinces him that he maybe going mad. Even after a doctor and a Satyanarayan puja later, things don’t really change for Aritra who doesn’t believe in supernatural things but still finds himself struggling with it.

The introduction of paranormal activist Rathikanta babu, a senile old man during the fourth episode adds the much needed spice in this tale which was slowly testing the patience of the viewer. He is actually one of the star points of this show. This turn of events intrigues the viewer to a much higher level tham he was taken to till now.

The last few episodes are gripping with the death of a major character and the first glimpse of the child-ghost all coming in a rather chilling package.

The story is unique and an absolute gem, direction could have been better for some of the scenes and the cinematography has it highs and lows and the acting is quite good with special mention to Rathikanta babu. One mention to the use of blood in the series, there are a lot of moments in which the viewer might cringe with the bits of show of violence and the director doesn’t flinch on showing blood for which he gets his due credit.

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