So they said it’s the mother of all stories. And you know what. It was! Directed and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh, “Kahaani” is yet another feather in Vidya Balan’s hat. Kahaani manages to keep you glued to the screen. Inspired from The Usual Suspects” in the main twist with the final scene inspired from the final scene of Taking Lives starring Angelina Jolie, Kahaani is a thriller. Story of Vidya Bagchi who is in search of her lost husband Arnab Bagchi of who no one has heard of. With the help of Sub-inspector Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) Vidya struggles to find trace of her missing husband. All clues seem to reach a dead end when everyone tries to convince Vidya that her husband does not exist and what she feels or thinks is wrong. Kahaani take you around the city of joy to unravel the truth.
With a good story by by Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kala, Kahaani moves a good pace till the second half post which it gets a bit slowed down. Kahaani is a celebration of womanhood, which is best portrayed in the end scene specifically where women wearing red and white sarees during Durga Puja. This is where the final twist takes place. Perfect place, perfect day, perfect time. The city of Kolkata has been showen very well to the depth even with the dialect where Vidya becomes “Bidya”. The magic of Kolkata during the Pooja has been captured in all its chaos and beauty. Kahaani instantly makes you a part of Vidya’s quest building a strong emotional connect with the character.
Vidya Balan delivers yet another very good performance and a solid punch to her role. Parambrata Chatterjee is excellent wit his role supporting Vidhya wherever necessary. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was disappointing. Would have loved Vijay Raaj in that role. Saraswata Chatterjee as Bob Bishwas is another winner in the movie.Playing an LIC agent, meeting sales targets, carries a Beretta in his leather bag. The dumb looking Bong man with a nerdy look is enough to fool you as one of the crowd. I support that Bob Bishwas as a character deserves a movie on him. Editing by Namrata Rao keeps the film nice and pacy. Movie’s cinematography captures Kolkata’s underbelly beautifully. Vishal- Shekhar’s music just blends in the background and Ekhla Chalo comes in the limelight again in AB’s voice.
Not women centric movie carries the weight of the heroine. But here Vidya carries the story. She is surely the Hero among Heroines. Overall Kahaani is a winner. A layered movie with each passing frame revealed a lot. From Usha Uthup’s “thoda bizarre hai”, to Amitabh Bachchan singing “Ekhla Cholo“, Kahaani comes a long way. It engrosses you down and makes you wait to see what happens next. The movie is surely with a twist and yes has a mother of some stories if not all.
Rating 4 out of 5