Hindi Review : Kahaani – A gripping suspense drama
Published on Mar 9, 2012 12:00 pm IST
Release date: 09 Mar 2012
123telugu.com Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Sujoy Ghosh
Producer : Sujoy Ghosh, Kushal Gadda
Music Director : Vishal-Shekhar
Starring:Vidya Balan, Parambrato Chattopadhyay, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saswata Chattopadhyay

Vidya Balan is on a high these days. This National Award winning actress seems to be enjoying one of the best phases of her life and she has come before movie lovers with a new offering in the form of ‘Kahaani’. The movie has been directed by Sujoy Ghosh. Let us see how the film stacks up.

Story :

Vidya (Vidya Balan ), a heavily pregnant NRI woman, discovers that her husband Arnab suddenly goes missing and in order to find him, she sets off on a chase that leads her to the city of Kolkata. Faced with mounting odds and virtually no clues, she sets about hunting for the whereabouts of her husband in this big city. She is aided in her efforts by Sub Inspector Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee) and together, they start making progress in the mysterious case.

They are hampered by Khan (Nawazudding Siddiqi) at every stage and they are deliberately thrown off track. Rana and Vidya soon discover that there is more to the disappearance of Arnab than meets the eye. Powerful political agencies, government bodies and conspiracy theories start taking control of their lives. Will Vidya and Rana discover what happened to Arnab? That forms the story

Plus Points :

Vidya Balan is outstanding in this movie. If you thought she gave her best in ‘Dirty Picture’, watch out for this one, She shoulders the movie completely and her performance really elevates the film. Parambrata Chatterjee delivers a solid performance as the good cop. He ably supports Vidya Balan. Nawazuddin Siddiqi is perfect in the role of Khan.The actor who played the ‘hired killer’ character did a superb job.

The city of Kolkata is shown beautifully in the film. The movie moves along at a good pace and there is good element of suspense throughout. Narration is superb and it sustains the interest in the proceedings right till the very end. Though the plot draws its inspiration from some Hollywood flicks, there is a lot of Indian nativity and intelligence in the film.

The climax is outstanding and it really elevates the film.There is good emotional content in the film and female audience will connect very strongly to Vidya’s character. Talking any more about the plus points will invariably reveal the story and spoil the show.

Minus Points :

Some scenes are over the top and could have been toned down. This movie will be hard for everyone to understand and people looking for a casual flick will be forced to use their brain cells considerably. Humour is extremely subtle and understated – again, not easy for all sections of movie goers to understand.

The movie has many Bengali actors who are not known to us and it would have been good to have a few more known faces in the film.

Technical Aspects :

Cinematography is very good and Kolkata is shot brilliantly. Editing is good. Background score is very good. Director Sujoy must be applauded for a brilliant narration and complete command over the story. The way he ties up each and every thread neatly in the climax is worth watching.

Verdict :

Kahani is one of those rare ‘intelligent’ thrillers. Vidya Balan’s storming performance, a brilliant climax, the twists and Sujoy’s superb direction make this film a must watch. Don’t miss Kahaani, this is a movie that must be watched and appreciated on a big screen with good sound.

123telugu Rating : 3.5/5


Legend: 5 – Flawless

4 – Must Watch

3 – One Time Watch

2 – Wait for the DVD

1 – Stay Away

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