Kahaani Bollywood Movie Review
Who requires a Kapoor or Khan, when there’s Balan!
After a few commendable performances in movies like No One Killed Jessica, Ishqiya and The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan establishes herself because ‘S’Hero of Indian Cinema, along with her latest offering ‘Kahaani.’- Another best rated performance!
A suspense-thriller as the primary goal, Kahaani scores around the undeniable fact that it makes you are feeling just like a kid busy solving a jig-saw puzzle. Just when you are feeling that you happen to be almost there, director Sujoy Ghosh throws another surprise! And there you’re astounded by the completely ‘unpredictable end’ on this Kahaani.
With skills of your master storyteller, the director succeeds in transporting the on-screen tension and anticipation to the audiences, who set out to play IB officers of their seats.
Kahaani will be the story of the seven-months expectant mother, Vidya Bagchi (software engineer by profession) who lands inside the chaotic capital of scotland – Joy seeking her husband (Arnab Bagchi), who suddenly goes missing. Well, you know this even before you watch the film. But there’s greater than what meets the eye in this mysterious film that intrigues you scene after scene and keeps around the edge in major part of the film.
During her seek out Arnab Bagchi, Vidya finds many individuals and situations. It’s commendable to make note of that not a single character / situation is less important or not-required & each one takes the plot forward – Be it Rana, Khan, Bhaskaran, Agnes and for that matter the ‘running hot water’ kid.
Talking about performances, Vidya shines in intense breakdown moments as well as the lighter ones with equal ease and perfection. She is excellent playing women that is smart, vulnerable, depressed, determined and heavily pregnant needless to say! Besides, Parambrata as sub-inspector Rana and Vidya’s companion should expect a Best Supporting Actor nomination to get a balanced performance. We quite liked Nawazuddin Siddique’s (Khan) character for remaining shrewd till the end, though performance wise he was average. However, Saswata Chaterjee, who unquestionably devilishly terrifying bespectacled contract killer Bob Biswas for giving a hateworthy performance. Indraneil Sengupta is impressive inside challenging role. ซีรี่ย์จีน are natural.
The director deserves a pat on his back for bouncing back in full swing after giving us a dud in 2009’s Aladin starring Riteish & Jaqueline. Minus one tiny snag, the script by Ghosh and Advaita Kala is gripping and entertaining thanks towards the smart combination of drama, pace and fine editing.
If Kahaani can be an engaging mystery on one side – complete with chase sequence and hunting for any deciding document in the dingy office, on the other it’s some well enacted and well directed emotional angles too. For instance – the equation between cop Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) and Vidya is endearing or even the scene in which a small boy offers his prized possession – a radio to Vidya and brings a smile to her.
Even the capital of scotland- Kolkata plays its part well, thanks for the director’s selection of choosing subtle details like yellow taxis, laid-back trams, laal-paad saris, hot luchis, dilapidated houses and festivities of Durga Puja as opposed to pulling inside the obvious cliches like O-laiden Bong accent, Roshogulla, Mishti Doi and that matter the iconic Howrah Bridge. Besides, sprinkling of tongue-in-cheek humour once you least expect, for example presenting Kolkataites as ‘computer challenged’ or Vidya Balan being pronounced as Bidya repeatedly behave as tension breakers.
Vishal- Shekhar’s music amalgamates with the entire theme and setting from the movie, without overpowering performances and situations, which usually occur in suspense thrillers. The title track is like an ode for the town of Joy. However, we wish Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Ekla Cholo Re’ had some more screen time. But it’s mesmerizing nonetheless.
On the whole, this intriguing, gripping and entertaining Kahaani by Sujoy Ghosh is important watch! And mind you, you’ll forget Vidya’s Dirty act with this particular stellar performance!