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Kahaani is essentially the story of a heavily pregnant London based
Tamil woman's search for her missing Bengali husband in Kolkata,
underplayed exuberantly by Vidya Balan. The supporting cast comprises
of a helpful cop Parambrata, a selfish detective - Siddiqui, an
eccentric life insurance agent - Saswata, and a bhadralok Police
officer - Khwaraj, and last but not the least, of a 300+ year old city
- Kolkata seeped in the throes of celebrating the mother of all
festivals - Durga Puja.
The film unfolds like the pages of a gripping novel by Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes and is shot like that of an Alfred Hitchcock or a Satyajit Ray. Using real people, places, and situations to underline the nuances of the story is a task that's handled brilliantly by director Sujoy Ghosh (also the co writer) whose recent claim to shame - an abysmal Aladdin, or a horrendous Home Delivery shall soon be forgotten just as Madhur Bhandarkar's debut dud was.
In addition to the sterling performances and the plot is the terrific technical support. Be it Amitabh Bacchan's rendition of Tagore's 'Ekla Chalo Re', the background songs (mostly of RD Burman), playing innocently 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 captures the city as if it were a character, and the supreme screenplay with a spattering of real Bengali, act as just the right spices to turn this into a delicious dish, that's both exotic as well as commonplace.
Watch this film to experience something so satiating, you would surely ask for more (a rare for a thriller!). I give this a 10/10 not just because this is one of the best thrillers ever made in India, but definitely one of the best films to have ever come out of Bollywood. Kudos to the whole team! Trust me! Ami Sotthi Bolcchi!
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This movie is interesting. During the movie a pregnant woman is
searching for her husband and gets help from the police. This woman,
played by Vidya Balan, has flashbacks about her time with her husband.
These flashbacks are very cheesy. People aren't just like that with
each other, like they are living in a ZEE-TV soap series. Even the way
Vidya Balan talks to children is very, very unrealistic.
Now coming back at the good actors, like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Parambrata Chatterjee and Saswata Chatterjee. They were the three pillars the whole movie was leaning on. What a thrill and what a good work! Especially the last one was astonishing.
The plot twist comes at the very end of the movie and yes, it is worth watching the movie, even when the search for the husband in the beginning is a bit boring.
Here comes a masterpiece by Sujoy Ghosh. After creating a disaster in
form of Alladin starring Ritesh. To all those people who like good
script, here you got some movie to go and have a great watch after
Jalpari of Nila Madhav Panda. The movie just got right amount of
everything one can ask of. To add to the awesomeness of the movie is
Vidya Balan. Her acting is just flawless. Must say, we finally got a
lady who can give a competition to stars like SRK, Salman and Aamir.
And after watching the backdrop of Kolkata, i will just "Kolkata you
sexy". Thumbs up.
Writing it after watching the movie twice in theater....
Kahaani is a wonderful, taut thriller which will keep the viewers on the edge of their seat. It is filmed rather professionally, with fantastic cinematography and great sound and score. The portrayal of Kolkatta may not be the most accurate and of the most positive, but the city is beautifully shot and is efficiently used to present the story. Sujoy Ghosh directs this feature with great mastery - Kahaani is a thrilling movie experience, thanks to his skillful direction and the impressive writing. The characters are very well presented and characterised, and the suspense is only heightened as the proceedings unfold. The film is of course a good example of a complete package, and this package wouldn't have been complete without the presence of a terrific Vidya Balan. This lady's career seems to be reaching impossible heights as she does not tire of delivering one great performance after the other. Her brilliantly understated performance here is another astonishing portrait of strength and maturity. She is well supported by several actors, all of whom give credible performances and make the film work. Kahaani is overall a superior piece of storytelling and an altogether worthy effort. Not to be missed.
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I walked in with high expectations to watch this film, for 2 reasons
1. Vidya Balan 2. Tremendous praise from all critics. The verdict was unanimous
And I wasn't disappointed. After such a long time I had seen such a wonderful movie. Director Sujoy Ghosh redeemed himself ... in style (after Home Delivery and Alladin)! I can go and on with the merits of the film but do not wish to spoil it for you. I won't talk about the story but only about the performances.
Except for Vidya Balan, the rest of the cast are not well known Hindi film actors. But they are well known Bengali film actors and that clearly shows in their work. Vidya Balan is flawless. But unlike The Dirty Picture and No One Killed Jessica (her last two near perfect performances), this time, the script and the film rise above the super talented actress. That shows what a powerful story and screenplay Kahaani has to offer. All the supporting actors are superb as well. Parambrata Chatterji as Vidya' confidant makes a confident Bollywood debut. He's obviously very talented. Whoever decided to cast Saswata Chatterji as Bob Biswas is a genius! Another amazing talent! Nawazuddin Shah is another show stealer. And by the time this review is up, he has already delivered kick ass performances in many more films. In fact they are all good!
Sujoy Ghosh deserves most of the awards for this film. Kahaani is truly praiseworthy and deserves all the accolades it has received ... If you haven't watched it yet, do it before the world ends! :) Jokes apart, this Kahaani is truly one to remember for years! A well deserved 10/10!
Happen to watch Kahaani last weekend and the only word I could think of instantly was .... "AWESOME!!!". Best example of a team-work that generates a masterpiece of international standard. Indeed the movie is rich not only in content and presentation but also in performances. Each and every character has wonderfully contributed to this movie and are immortals in the history of classic movies. Cinematographer has done a great job by capturing fine details of Kolkatta and its suburbs which even a non-resident like me could realize and enjoy. Durga-Pooja backdrop is beautiful. Music complements the plot. Not a single slack-moment. In fact audience are always kept on toes wondering what next???? Hats-off to the team for giving such a movie!!
A very thrilling contemporary bolly film.
Story is about a pregnant woman who comes to Kolkata from London in search of her husband whom she says came to Kolkata and has gone missing ever since. Everyone appears to know stuff but no one wants to reveal anything. Assisted by a young cop out of his good will, she sets on a mission to find her missing husband and bring the culprits to book.
Storyline is too good, very different from a typical bolly film. They have depicted dirty and congested Kolkata very naturally and realistically, film has no choreography or item songs, which makes it very realistic, and is fast paced with a nail biting climax.
Watch it. Simple
Kahaani breaks several myths and creates a new trend. It has as its
lead a female. Perhaps the only 'well-known celebrity'. All the other
characters are relatively new or 'never heard before'. Yet, the script
and direction carry the movie well into limelight and delivers a
powerful message. There are cinematic liberties taken, but sensibly
Vidya Balan does a really commendable job. So does each of the characters portraying a very different and interesting role. That each of the characters involved play a significant role and add meaning to the whole movie is something I liked very much. That includes all those behind the scenes too, especially the cameramen, editors, and of course the director, Sujoy Ghosh.
Though there is some distant 'hollywood connection' (perhaps the finale resembles Taking Lives), the freshness of the plot too is very appealing ('cos these days there is hardly any creative script or thought).
Final verdict: a movie worth watching.
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Its only now i could watch kahaani properly so here goes my belated
In the world of bollywood where most of suspense thriller are made with zero I.Q, kahaani is definitely a class apart. For once in a long... long.... time we get to experience a movie that doesn't treat us like a mentally retarded person.
Kahaani is a well crafted story and has been directed perfectly by Sujoy Ghosh. most of the time directors of b-town usually go overboard, overrated, over clichéd and what else over they can find, or xerox copy some popular foreign movies, or put some totally non-sense flash back,or an out of this world and their sense twist at the end,or some "i wasn't dead u dummy" stuff / " i have a twin identical idiotic brother u idiot " crap or what not to make such film. From this trend, kahaani is a refreshing and much needed break.For once there is a story and it slowly and brilliantly unfolds as the movie progresses. For once Characters are all normal, mere mortal human beings, not usually angry and above all people we can easily relate to (something u almost never see in bollywood). The story twist and turns without drag and finally fits perfectly at the maha (but not overrated) twist at the end. It has all the elements of a brilliantly crafted investigative thrillers and each new lead points to a new direction. script uses small instances to change the direction of story rather than something over dramatic. the story is the true heart & soul of this movie. Direction is top class and sews these twist and turn of the script in an exciting manner.
Performance wise vidya balan is brilliant showing a wide range of emotion with relative ease. The performance of all other co-stars are also superb, especially that of bob biswas and his "ek minute". frankly that guy is as scary and psychotic as anything u will ever see. i think u can make an entire film on this guy though he is in this movie for just 10 minutes or something.
another notable thing about this movie is its cinematography and camera work. whether it is the colors of Calcutta or festivities of durga pooja or vibrance of bengali people, it's brilliantly captured in every frame.
so as all top rated critics in most of the channels and particularly in one say "i will go with 7/10 for Sujoy Ghosh's kahaani.It's a brilliant written story where every twist and turn creates a new kahaani" ( no prizes for guessing who that particular one is :) )
Sujoy Ghosh started his career with Jhaankar Beats promising us much
more for future..but finally he showed his class with Kahaani,a movie
which became so close to my heart.Maybe because of the way my city was
portrayed in the movie or maybe because of its oh so satisfying and
Heavily pregnant Vidya Bagchi landed in Kolkata from London to find her missing husband and thus begins a search for a person who doesn't seem to exist..no records anywhere but Vidya is ready to find the truth which Kolkata maybe is hiding from her.Her companion in her journey is sub-inspector Satyaki/Rana(Parambrata Chatterjee) who grows affection for her gradually.In no time the Intelligence Bureau becomes involved in the case and the truth seems to lie several layers beneath what is shown.
Sujoy Ghosh's detailing in the movie amused me.Each and every character no matter how small screen time it shares is brought upon with so much heart that you feel connected with all of them.the visuals of brightly lit Howrah bridge at the middle of the night just when Parambrata is thinking about her feelings for Vidya while returning home is perfect.Kolkata is shown in many ways in the movie.Sometimes its dark sometimes its funny and sometimes cruel.The city plays a central character in the movie.Cinematographer Setu(of Taare Zameen par fame) brings out the visions of the director in the screen beautifully.The use of retro RD songs as background sometimes goes with the mood of the film.The script is pacey and doesn't give you much time to think.Sujoy Ghosh wanted the audience to pick clues at every moment to solve the mystery like Vidya's wet eyes when Parmabrata said she would be a good mother.the screenplay is quite close to brilliant and I liked specially the scenes between Vidya and Nawazuddin Siddique who sparkled in his role as the arrogant and cold hearted IB officer.The rest of the cast from Tolly is terrific.Special mention is our own Saswata Chatterjee as the LIC agent/contract killer with always a smile in his face while killing people.He is a versatile actor.Parambrata as his 6-month- in-the-job rookie cop is brilliant and loving.The rest of the supporting cast did their part very good. But the woman who made us share her journey and made us feel for her in each and every moment is V/Bidya Balan.Its all in the walking the behaving never did she look uncomfortable in her role as a pregnant woman in her desperate search.The scenes of Vidya with the kids touched my heart.She portrayed her character so greatly and made her character so much believable when she is in joy or when her mental strength breaks u also seem to feel the moments with her.And in the climax her final stare at her adversary was so powerful it said it all.
The movie was more or less a perfect thriller with all the nail biting moments in between like the interval scene.You keep guessing throughout the movie but you never actually reach there before climax.Sujoy Ghosh gave us a brilliant piece of work and this movie will remain close to the people of Kolkata for a very long time.
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