Kolkata is abuzz with the preparations for the annual Durga Puja festival, as seven months pregnant Vidya Bagchi steps off the airplane from London. Her first stop is the local police station to file a missing person report. Weeks ago, her husband Arnab arrived in India for a job assignment. The first two weeks, they talked daily on the phone, and then without explanation his calls stopped. Everywhere Vidya turns, no one can remember Arnab there is no trace of him at the guest house or his workplace. It is as if he never existed. But Vidya will not give up her search. Somewhere in Kolkata she will discover the dangerous truth.
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Bollywood is branded for creating movies from a male perspective. Thewomen's stories are not really exemplified conscientiously. But, out ofthe blue, the women-centric flicks is fast turning out to be a bankablegenre. KAHAANI is a commanding story, has an authoritative centralcharacter, has several dominant and thought-provoking moments, whichmakes it an all-persuasive film. Vidya Balan makes Kahaani come alive.It is several notches above the stuff we've been subjected to in thepast. The movie triumphs in evoking emotions. You experiencecompassion, resentment,defenselessness and triumph at a variety ofstages. A wonderful movie-going experience, you come out feeling asense of pride, pleasure and fulfillment after having watched KAHAANI.There no surprise if Vidya get all the best actress awards in 2013also. Just do not miss it. Hugely recommended!
Kahaani was a cutting edge thriller that is sure to keep you on thetoes with a towering performance by Vidya Balan A pregnant woman comesto the city of joy , Kolkata in search of her husband who has beenabsconding after 2 years of their marriage but to her shock , thepeople of the city doubt his existence. Kahaani is directed by SujoyGhosh (Jhankaar Beats). Kahaani is not usual bollywood story wherethere is a happy ending but actually is out- of-box thought with acomplex story. Sujoy Ghosh's direction is applauding. The directormight have gone into a wrong path with few duds but he is back with abang with his brilliant direction. From the beginning till the end ofthe movie, you cannot predict what is going to happen next. Theduration of the movie is around 2 hours but keeps you engaged till thecredit rolls out. The story is superbly told with lots of twist andturns. The screenplay is tight and holds your attention in every frame.Dialogues are well told along with eye-catching cinematography by Setu.The ace cinematographer has portrayed the rich heritage and culture ofKolkata during the Durga puja festival with aplomb. The streets andlanes of Kolkata (including my area where this film was shot) has beennicely captured. Performances by the star cast is like an icing on thecake. Vidya Balan is just amazing. She is so natural while playing thecharacter of Vidya Venkatesan bagchi. Not just that she is superb inher dialogues, she emotes expressively through her eyes. Bengali actorParamabrata Chatterjee does justice as his supporting role along withbrilliant acting done Nawazuddin Siddiqui. I would also like to mentionthe song "Ekla Cholo Re" beautifully sung by great Amitabh BachchanKahaani , on the whole , is a fantastic affair to remember. Highlyrecommended for its hard hitting direction , nice story, portrayal ofbeautiful essence of Kolkata but a must see for splendid performance byVidya Balan
Yet another sub-par movie which leaves you with that un-satiated andangry feeling. The entire movie just trudges along with nothing everreally happening that does anything for your senses. I will be verydirect in my review.** Below average storyline Â Everything was more or less predictable.Throughout the movie you wait for something to happen, but it doesn't.Everyone's dropping clues all the time in the entire movie. Give theviewer some credit for possessing a brain. Please hit me with a hammeron my head!! And the story drags on far too long in the end.** Poorly developed characters. In fact, I would go so far as to saythat the characters were not developed at all. They were just toeinglines with no passion.** Bad acting Â Plain simple bad acting. Vidya Balan cannot act.** Very weak script. Severe identity crisis here. The dialogue iscertainly not realistic, and definitely not commercial.** No attention to detail Â yes there are some decent shots of durgapuja and Calcutta in general, probably thrown in for some vanity.And seriously, this is how national security crap is solved.I don't know what it is about Hindi movies (commercial, non-commercialalike), for some reason they will just tie every single loose end foryou.DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.PS: Someone in another review wrote that the movie is a copy of someHollwood movie but couldn't figure out which one. I think it definitelyborrows a few things from Usual Suspects.
A young woman, large with child, her jaw set resolutely, heads out ofthe airport and into the bedlam that is present-day Calcutta. As drovesof taxi drivers close in on her, clamoring for her custom, Usha Uthup,Calcutta's most famous singer, snarls Aami Shotti Bolchi ÂI tell youthe truthÂon the soundtrack. The artful dissonance of that jazzy trackhighlights the paradox of Calcutta, India's most populous city, at onceerudite and ill-bred. The mayhem is heightened as the city prepares forthe ten-day festival of Durga Puja, Calcutta's biggest celebration. The young woman, Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), directs the cabbie to apolice station, where she files a missing persons report. She has flownin from London on the trail of her husband Arnab who had come toCalcutta on a two-week consulting job and inexplicably vanished. Theyare both computer engineersÂfirewall specialists, a detail lost on theobtuse official taking down her report.Where would one even begin to look for a missing person in a city ofteeming millions? One immediately sympathizes with the woman and theapparent impossibility of the task she has set herself. But weunderestimate her mettle: she isn't cowed by bullying men who wouldhave her accept her husband has left her pregnant and flown the coop;or by the Byzantine bureaucracy that accompanies the simplestgovernment transactions; or the impenetrability of a city whosegeography, language, culture, and nuances are completely alien to her.With intelligence, charm, and sheer doggedness, she works at unravelingthe mystery of what might have befallen her husband. She gainsunexpected allies in a young policeman Rana (well-regarded Bengaliactor Parambrata Chattopadhyay in his Hindi debut), a couple of urchinswho work as chai-wallahs and errand runners, and Agnes D'Mello, thekindly HR Manager of the company which might have enlisted herhusband's services. Within days, she convinces everyone that she isn'tbudging from the city without answers.Her tenacity uncovers unsettling facts while yielding no satisfyinganswer about Arnab's whereabouts. As a contract killer starts shadowingher, we realize she is unwittingly on to something much bigger than thetemporary disappearance of her husband. Sujoy Ghosh made his directingdebut in 2003 with the sweetly gentle "Jhankar Beats", followed it upwith two duds, and emerges a masterful storyteller with "Kahaani". Thewriting is the star here (Ghosh collaborated on the story, screenplay,and dialogue) Âthere isn't a single throwaway scene in the film. Inthis ingeniously constructed thriller, even the smallest details havesignificance, adding up to a hugely satisfying whole.Vidya Balan, who is incapable of doing wrong these days, is the soul ofthe film. Her Vidya Bagchi is an unlikely protagonist for a mystery.Who would have thought a hugely pregnant woman scouring a city for hermissing husband would make a compelling heroine? Going against the mostprimal female urge to find a safe haven to give birth, she insteadthrusts herself into increasingly dangerous situations in her quest forthe truth. She inspires compassion and admiration, as in the swelteringheat and chaos of Calcutta, she tours its morgues, hospitals, policestations, and seedy guest houses for elusive clues. Indeed, Calcutta is a character in the film: alternately stately,raucous, playful, boorish, scary, and secretiveÂmaddeningly tantalizingand stubbornly unwilling to reveal what happened to Arnab, and Ghoshand his cinematographer Satyajit "Setu" Pande use the city's myriadfaces to telling effect. There is nothing showy or actorly in Vidya's performance: she creates acompletely realistic character whoÂeven in advanced pregnancyÂwill notbe placated or intimidated away from her mission. Her forthright,no-nonsense manner is reserved for the world outside, but we witnessher moments of anxiety, fear, doubt, and sorrow in the privacy of herhotel room.The film's conclusion falls fittingly on the final day of Durga Puja,the festival that celebrates the slaying of the demon Mahishasur at thehands of the fearsome goddess Durga. When everyone else is eitherineffectual or untrustworthy, must Vidya Bagchi assume the modern-dayavatar of an avenging goddess, too? It would be a disservice to thebest thriller since "A Wednesday" to reveal any details Â in fact, Ientreat you not to discuss "Kahaani" with anyone who hasn't seen thefilm.Everything in this film works because it is so superbly and tightlywritten. The supporting performances are excellent, with NawazuddinSiddiqui as the cynical Intelligence Bureau officer Khan, ParambrataChattopadhyay, and Saswata Chatterjee deserving special mention. Inflashbacks narrated by Vidya, we see Indraneil Sengupta as her husbandArnab, while Darshan Jariwala makes a dignified appearance as Khan'ssuperior who took early retirement. The two tea-seller boys areunaffected naturals, as they open up to the woman who treats them withkindness and dignity.Over the end credits of this fine film, Amitabh Bachchan sings a poemby the most famous Bengali of allÂRabindranath Tagore: Ekla Chalo ReÂbe not afraid to walk aloneÂwhich might be a poignant anthem for ourspirited heroine.
Kahaani .. will surely be treat to each one of you, Vidya Balan addsanother good movie to her kitty after giving consecutive successfulmovies to her directors and her career. This movie has nothing elseother than pure suspense, Director has very well shown every viewershow it feels when the suspense is killed at the climax of the movie.At any point of time you will not get bored as the story as it is verystrong and each and every character has made their presence felt. Thereare no big stars in this movie but still perfectly acted and everyonehas done justice to their roles.There are no songs, no family (melo) drama, no unwanted fightingsequences and the strong story has been built to perfection. Last but not the least Vidya has made her entry in 2012 with anothergood movie and so has been the journey of Bollywood movies this year.Story line- Pregnant women - searching her missing husband - police -suspense - Kolkata - informants - climax . My say- You want a combo of excellent story, good acting, unwantedbreaks - watch Kahaani
Well to start with, the plot was really awesome. since the beginning ofthe movie i doubt no one has ever wondered that vidya is going to playa crucial role at the end. the movie is basically about terrorism butit has been portrayed to maximize the presence of a female characterwho was looking for her husband. If we try to see in depth, the movieitself contains a lot of things which we are not aware. Govt loopholes,carelessness and similar things. I would say this movie should be takenas an example of how we can really look for true crime operators.Kudosto the director. Extraordinary direction and scene selection. Thanks alot.
When I see any Bollywood movie I expect a lot of songs, crispy dancing,glamorous actors-actresses... But I didn't expect a movie that doesn'tmatch any of the common criteria of Bollywood movies. Yes, that is thepower source of Kahaani.Kahaani is a thriller movie with a little romantic drama. The maincharacter of the movie is a pregnant woman Vidiya. She is searching forher lost husband in Calcutta! Apparently she finds that her husbanddoesn't exist and then she gets mixed up in quiet an adventure withCalcutta police. The movie was perfect, from the beginning to the end.There is no chance that anyone could say this movie is going a bit slowor actors are not doing their job properly.The story and screenplay of Kahaani is fabulous. Direction by SujoyGhosh is fine... especially after some disasters made by the samedirector such as - Home delivery, Aladin !! After watching this classicpiece I understood why Vidiya Balan is called the goddess of Awards.She could win more after this one! Other characters did well job too.Parambrata has done a fare job and has shown that he is ready forBollywood.Really I will definitely insist my closer ones to watch Kahaani. Ifpossible I will watch this movie many times. I'm adding this one in myall time favorite list.
So After Getting Many Great Recommendations from people all over, IFinally saw Kahaani today,and I was very Impressed with what i saw inthe coming time. Dark And Thrilling with twists all around, along withyet another masterful performance from Vidya Balan as the leadingactress and the vocal point of the movie having the movie revolvearound her character and good supporting acting from the rest of thecast(Specially Sasawata Chatterjee and Parambrata Chatterjee), agripping story with many twists and turns along with great work fromDirector and Screenwriter Sujoy Ghosh, Kahaani is one of the rare''thrillers' in bollywood and definitely one of the best(if not thebest) which has the excellent story, superb acting and great directionwhich will keep the audience glued to the movie.The Story is about a pregnant woman named Vidya(Vidya Balan) arrivingat Kolkata from London to find her husband who has been missing forquite a time, and how she discovers clues that lead closer to trying tofind her husband after not getting any answers about him, with helpfrom Rana(Parambrata),but her secrets and the case's secrets arerevealed as the story moves along.The Acting By Vidya Balan is yet again Masterful and she again provesthat she is the best actress in Bollywood Right now with a perfectportrayel of a complicated character and she makes it look so easy withher great acting skills! The Rest of the cast specially SasawataChatterjee does an excellent and spooky job as Bob Biswas, along with agood supporting role by Parambrata Chatterjee as Rana,The PoliceOfficer. The Rest of The Cast also do there jobs quite well.The Direction by Sujoy Ghosh is also excellent as he shows Kolkatasuperbly in this movie and more importantly does an even better job inmaking the movie what it is and has made one of the best movies ofbollywood in this year. He Also has written the screenplay for thismovie which is great and gripping with its turn of twists, and haswritten one of the better stories which he has utilized brilliantlythrough his direction.The Cinematography is also quite good as the cinematographer does aconvincing job in showing the beautiful city of Kolkata excellently. Finally, this is one of the best movies I've Seen this year, grippingand thrilling with great acting, and this is definitely a must watch!My Rating: 8.2/10
Kahaani (2012) Director: Sujoy GhoshKAHAANI (****): A gripping, edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller - whichkeeps you glued to the screen till the last frame rolls. Movie staystrue to its title : A well-written 'Kahaani'.Vidya Balan carries the movie on her shoulders (or in her womb?)without the need for any conventional hero. Supporting cast isbrilliant, especially the ferocious IB officer Nawazuddin (Mr. Khan),bespectacled contract killer Bob Biswas, and Bidya's lovable saarthi -Parambrata Chatterjee(Inspector Rana). and above all this, the city of joy- Kolkata! The city is brilliantlycaptured by the camera from Howrah bridge at night to trams to Durgapooja. The film is completely soaked in the Bengali flavor. If youenjoy watching suspense thrillers, this is one of the best you can findin B'wood. Khub bhalo chhilo. Absolutely Recommended!My rating : 4 stars out of 5 Language: Hindi, Bengali
This is a movie which actually rules the viewers mind and holds it tillthe last moment. Your mind just wanders and tries to guess the culprit.There is a hint of bengali tradition found all over the movie and it isvery refreshing and has been shown very brilliantly and I personallyloved it, The lovely Hindi spoken by bengali actors and a greatRabindranath Tagore song sung by Amitabh BachhanHats off to Vidya Balan , she has again shown the signs of a brilliantand a variant actor. And not to forget Mr. Saswata Chatterjee and his "nomoskar .. ek minute" can actually scare you. It's a total "paisa wasool" movie.
Genre --- Suspense, DramaReview -- Kahani is indeed a worth for your money. A sincere effort to portray anincredible story, which would leave you baffled, would leave you keepguessing what is going on and what would happen next. We have seenseveral suspense movies that have a good build up but are utterdisappointing in the end. Even after the climax, it would keepsurprising you till last shot. Truly a nice movie that you can with youFamily and kids without hesitation. No abusive language, no "story Kidemand" type intimate shots. A clean and gripping storyline. I likedthat fact that story did not pushed a possible romantic element neitherunneeded songs between characters and kept it straight and focused.Story of Girl (Vidya) looking for her missing husband, is just thestart. Movie is shot is Kolkata with characters that are real, you canrelate and can smile to natural gestures. Movie keeps you clutched toyour seat. Its a story of nice people stuck in their own mess uproutine, offer help to the pregnant lady. Even with new actors, jumping in with their cameo every now and then,each has done full justice to their role.The story has been wiselywritten binding intelligent writing along with actual Kolkata.Verdict-- If you have been awaiting for a Good Bollywood Flick, withoriginal narration and quality acting, the movie worth's every penny. Apleasure to watch with family or friends.Music -- Consists of two songs, different from stream line cinema.Amitabh Bachhan has brought a new spirit to Rabindra Da's "Ekla ChaloRe". The other song -- "Ammi Shotti Bolchi" is a authentic rock song onKolkata theme in Usha Utthup's evergreen Bengali voice.Rating -- 8.5/10http://bollywoodwaale.com/movies.php?movieid=14Anjaneai
Indian Cinema is enjoying a fresh gush of oxygen -- thanks to SujoyGhosh and team of Kahaani. A film that may boast of a true vision. Frommultiple and disparate half-a-second shots forming impeccablemethodical continuity, to judicious use of close-ups requiringimmaculate acting skills propounding subtle expressions; from a storythat connected all dots and been aptly adapted into a definitivescreenplay, to faultless editing and veracious background score thatappended to the colors of the moods brought out by inspiringcinematography. From fantastic characterization and perfect casting tosimply a film embellished by class performances -- Vidya Balan - Ohyes! - (and I exclaimed not just because she is sexy!!) -- the impetuswith which she illustrates the versatility in portraying personalitieshas made this film a thriller of higher class. The other high pointsare the metaphorical references emanating out of Durga Pooja festivalof Kolkata. Nonetheless, Kolkata itself got a 'nice role'. After seen alot of 'Bombay', it is much refreshing to see some colors of thisamazing city. The film finely depicts the zeitgeist of the place -- thefilm is dipped in the culture which forms the canvas for it. A mustsee!
A script that keeps the audience gripped. Kahaani might not have themasala that is usually offered by Bollywood, but this has definitelyblown away recent movies/ thrillers.Vidya Balan's acting and the way the climax is drawn out are reallyawesome. She had everyone believing that she got really pregnant andthat's called an act!The characters of the film definitely look comfortable in their roles,but there are a couple of screens that does not seem entirely natural.For example there is one where the secretary agrees to offer a glimpseof her boss's PC - without too much of an incentive to speak about.But overall a real good entertainer. Please watch it.
Just came back from screening of Kahaani. As mentioned in thenewspapers, it is the mother of all the stories. Wonderful performanceby Vidya Balan and well supported by the all the actors. Amazing plotwith a climax that will simply blow you away. One of the best thrillersof the recent time. I have been to Kolkata only once. However, afterseeing this movie wanted to go back to Kolkata once again. If Vidya isthe heroine of the movie then Kolkata city is the hero of the movie.Kudos to the director of the movie for delivering such a masterpiece tothe viewers. It's worth every single penny spent on the ticket. Good tosee that directors of today are writing the movies with keeping thefemale lead in mind. Vidya Balan is the reason for this change in trendand I salute for that.
For the lovers of story.. no item songs, no style statements and noannoying humor, Bollywood welcomes you with this 'Kahaani'. The movielives up to its name for more than you could have asked for.The story starts with a pregnant Vidya Balan as Mrs Vidya or BidaBakshi who comes from London to Kolkata to search her missing husband.There he meets Parambrata who helps her with her case. Her husband,'Arnab Bakshi' works at National Data Center( NDC). NDC, hotel where hestayed, his uncle, no one has heard of a name 'Arnab Bakshi' and Vidyacontinues to insist her point . The first clue takes them to Mrs Agneswho is the HR of NDC. She tells them of some 'Milan Damji' who lookslike Arnab. A series of phone calls and next we know Agnes is dead. Incomes Mr Khan, some police head from Delhi. He is trying to protect theidentity of 'Milan Damji' and we get the hint of he being the bad guy.At intermission, you know you have a winner at hand and the plot keepsyou intrigued .Then, as the story proceeds to clues one after another, all of them diein the hands of a contract killer 'Bob'. They finally come to know ofShridhar who is the chief of NDC, who kept visiting 'Milan' and beforeKhan comes to the rescue of Vidya & Rana from Shridhar, Vidya killshim. This is where we get the first twist in the tale.. Khan & Ranawere using Vidya to find a terrorist named 'Milan Damji' who wasresponsible for train attacks in Kolkata. If you think this is it, thenhold on till the story unfolds. Any more revelations beyond this pointwould not do justice to this kahaani.Bob as the contract killer is brilliant. Nawazzudin as Mr Khan is rocksolid. Parambrata as Rana supports Vidya to the core and yet againVidya Balan delivers a stellar performance proving why she is amongstthe best actresses we have. Director & Story writer Sujoy Ghosh bringsto us a rare 130 minutes 'kahaani' that relives the genre of thrillermovies in Bollywood.This one's for the win. Do not miss it.
A thriller in the truest sense, it was so fast paced and full of twistsand turns, not silly ones but clever and well written ones. It willkeep you hooked from start to end. Amazing editing and camera work, YAYFOR A GOOD STORYLINE. Also loved the Calcutta backdrop, theyincorporated the city so beautifully into the story. THAT CLIMAX whoadid not see that coming AT ALL :O Our jaws just dropped in the end.The film was simply outstanding, it's one of the best Bollywood trailerI've seen in such a long time.Vidya Balan: Just when you think she can't possibly do any better thanshe did in her last movie, she outdoes herself in her next. She wassimply brilliant, even better than "The Dirty Picture" I wouldn't besurprise if Vidya walk away with the best actress award next year aswell. What a fantastic actress she is.The Supporting Cast: They need to be mentioned since they are veryimportant to the movie. OMG RANA who is this man, I need to look up hisname but I loved him so much!!! Khan was damn good too, these 2 were myfavorites. Rarely has an actor cheeped me out as much as Bob did wow Istarted getting scared every time he appeared on screen Wait it guysthe film is AWESOME!
It's been a long long time since I've been excited about watching aBollywood film. After hearing so many good reviews about this film Iwanted to ensure I watch this on the big screen. And I just did. And Ican safely say my hopes for Bollywood cinema have finally beenrekindled.The film, from the outset, establishes itself as significantlydifferent from any other Bollywood movie around. Different in a verygood way. What I loved about it was the lack of unnecessary songs whichonly take the focus away from the main plot. Of course there was a lotmore to love.Vidya Balan for starters. A friend of mine mentioned to me that she isthe only Indian actress who delivers hits while portraying charactersrealistically. She was, for the most part of Kahaani, a pregnant ladywith minimal makeup and wearing nothing but (don't get ideas) anordinary saree. Something quite rare nowadays in Bollyworld, eh? Unlikemany in the industry, her status in Bollywood as an actress isjustified.The background score was another great plus. I would describe it asunderstated but consistent. At no point did it seem to steal the show,and suited the mood of the scenes very well. The supporting castdelivered excellent performances too. Kahaani has honestly rekindled my hopes of Bollywood contributingsomething to the world of cinema sometime in the near future. Watchthis! 10/10
Leave your bag of popcorn outside the theater. You would honestly nothave the time to crunch it as you watch this fantastic film with batedbreath. For Kahaani is a ride so thrilling, your mind would be trippingwith a million possibilities, even as your tongue invariably ends upeither tied, or hanging in the air with anticipation.Kahaani is essentially the story of a heavily pregnant London basedTamil woman's search for her missing Bengali husband in Kolkata,underplayed exuberantly by Vidya Balan. The supporting cast comprisesof a helpful cop Parambrata, a selfish detective - Siddiqui, aneccentric life insurance agent - Saswata, and a bhadralok Policeofficer - Khwaraj, and last but not the least, of a 300+ year old city- Kolkata seeped in the throes of celebrating the mother of allfestivals - Durga Puja.The film unfolds like the pages of a gripping novel by Agatha Christieor Sherlock Holmes and is shot like that of an Alfred Hitchcock or aSatyajit Ray. Using real people, places, and situations to underlinethe nuances of the story is a task that's handled brilliantly bydirector Sujoy Ghosh (also the co writer) whose recent claim to shame -an abysmal Aladdin, or a horrendous Home Delivery shall soon beforgotten just as Madhur Bhandarkar's debut dud was.In addition to the sterling performances and the plot is the terrifictechnical support. Be it Amitabh Bacchan's rendition of Tagore's 'EklaChalo Re', the background songs (mostly of RD Burman), playinginnocently as the characters travel the length and breadth of the city,the costumes by Sabyasachi, the 'just right and yet dramatic'background score, the non-condescending cinematography that capturesthe city as if it were a character, and the supreme screenplay with aspattering of real Bengali, act as just the right spices to turn thisinto a delicious dish, that's both exotic as well as commonplace.Watch this film to experience something so satiating, you would surelyask for more (a rare for a thriller!). I give this a 10/10 not justbecause this is one of the best thrillers ever made in India, butdefinitely one of the best films to have ever come out of Bollywood.Kudos to the whole team! Trust me! Ami Sotthi Bolcchi!P.S: Please do not discuss the story with anyone else, unless they havewatched this film.
Vidya Balan has been on a roll this time. She had first come up with NoOne Killed Jessica, which did really well along with The Dirty Picture,which shook the Indian cinema with her superb acting, and now comesKahaani- a film about a pregnant woman who comes from London to Kolkatato find her missing husband.The storyline is quite an interesting one, and the star cast is amazingtoo! Words can not explain how superb the acting was, and Vidya Balandeserves an award for how she played her role. The film is a thriller,and by the time you find out what happens in the climax, you feel veryemotional for her although you feel hungry for more of the suspense.Moreover, the film is one of the best Indian Thrillers EVER and even ifyou watch it in the cinema or at home, it will never disappoint.
very well picturized. editing was great. need to be very closelyfocused while watching and connect the dots.Ever wished you watched a movie that left you completely spellbound?Yes this is one of those movies that lingers on in your head even afteryou leave the movie theater.The star cast right from Vidya Balan(as VidyaBagchi),ParambrataChattopadhyay(as police offer SatyokiSinha/Rana),Nawazuddin Siddiqui(as second-in command IntelligenceBeaureu),Saswata Chatterjee(as a hired assassin),Kharaj Mukherjee as akind cop to the manager of Mona Lisa hotel and lastly the two kids whointeract with Vidya is simply amazing.There are several high points in the film.Vidya as the portrayal of thepregnant woman delivers a range of emotions.She is at times tough andfirm on finding her missing husband.At times, she isvulnerable,frustrated because of the missing clues. She is charming inthe way she talks with the kids and playful in the bus-ride withofficer Rana.Then the subtlety with which Rana emotes the love he feelsfor Vidya and the hesitation while picking locks to find outevidences.The brash hard talk act by officer Khan and then the evilmenacing act by Bob Biswaas.Brilliant!! Moreover Sujoy Ghosh(thedirector) uses Vidya's pregnancy cleverly- every time she trips or evensweats too hard, you become afraid.The story totally grips you andleaves you at a dramatic high.And what can I say about theclimax.Tremendous shock value!There have been very few times when Ihave experienced such pin-drop silence in the theater.Take a bowSujoy..You have given Bollywood a gem of a thriller.For those fed up with the dark and gritty underbelly of Mumbai and thebylanes of old Delhi in recent movies, there are splendid sights ofKolkata and the iconic Durga Puja.It's a treat to watch the Howrahbridge,Hoogly river and the Victoria Memorial.Kahaani shows that when everything falls in place for a film Â story,writing, acting, editing, cinematography, etc Â things can't go wrong.Kahaani is one such film; everything's right about it.Watch Kahaani. Period.