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It's been a long long time since I've been excited about watching a
Bollywood film. After hearing so many good reviews about this film I
wanted to ensure I watch this on the big screen. And I just did. And I
can safely say my hopes for Bollywood cinema have finally been
The film, from the outset, establishes itself as significantly different from any other Bollywood movie around. Different in a very good way. What I loved about it was the lack of unnecessary songs which only take the focus away from the main plot. Of course there was a lot more to love.
Vidya Balan for starters. A friend of mine mentioned to me that she is the only Indian actress who delivers hits while portraying characters realistically. She was, for the most part of Kahaani, a pregnant lady with minimal makeup and wearing nothing but (don't get ideas) an ordinary saree. Something quite rare nowadays in Bollyworld, eh? Unlike many in the industry, her status in Bollywood as an actress is justified.
The background score was another great plus. I would describe it as understated but consistent. At no point did it seem to steal the show, and suited the mood of the scenes very well. The supporting cast delivered excellent performances too.
Kahaani has honestly rekindled my hopes of Bollywood contributing something to the world of cinema sometime in the near future. Watch this! 10/10
Kahaani definitely is one of finest contribution to Bollywood as it
climbs up the movie standards! Nothing average about it. Bollywood
keeps giving us options after options with endless movie releases every
month. Just when we begin to think, it is all too clichéd, staged,
unbelievably dramatic; just when it all these releases fail to
hold-interest; we get rare gems like Samay, Raaz, Shootout at
Lokhandwala, Ishqiya, No one killed Jessica come along and make all
these movies worth it. (I could 've spoken of Slumdog Millionaire here,
but it has too much of Hollywood in production to be categorized as
Kahaani, with its mystery-thriller story-line, sits right in line with these movies. A very powerful and fast story-line, as a pregnant lady sifts through streets of Kolkata in search of her husband to find her missing husband has not existed in Kolkata for anyone else, holds audience to the seats right until the end credits roll. Though it is a fictional story, what surprises me is absolute lack of Bollywood clichés and Shakespearean confusions and misses.
Direction and cinematography is quite commendable. The movie has captured the essence of city the culture, durga-puja, dirty alleys and even the strained lifestyle. There are no ultra-clean streets with pretty models running about; no unbelievably dramatic situations; no interrupting songs (which almost always seem out of place). Speaking of the songs reminds me of the powerful Kahaani's score a true example of setting and switching moods simply with a well-blended soundtrack. (I wondered how long it would take for Bollywood to understand this!) Vidya Balan is undoubtedly a talented actress; proved yet again as she portrays the pregnant Vidya Bagachi; the innocent, intelligent and committed wife. Sujoy would've have had very little to think about while identifying the actress for the lead role.
Despite being a complete deviation from what Indian audiences most prefer, Kahaani with its plots and Indian flavor scores brownie points with all. A movie that you could enjoy equally with family and friends!
Vidya Balan has been on a roll this time. She had first come up with No
One Killed Jessica, which did really well along with The Dirty Picture,
which shook the Indian cinema with her superb acting, and now comes
Kahaani- a film about a pregnant woman who comes from London to Kolkata
to find her missing husband.
The storyline is quite an interesting one, and the star cast is amazing too! Words can not explain how superb the acting was, and Vidya Balan deserves 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 very emotional for her although you feel hungry for more of the suspense.
Moreover, the film is one of the best Indian Thrillers EVER and even if you watch it in the cinema or at home, it will never disappoint.
KAHAANI: A different narration for Indian cinema! Although, this logical storytelling is a tad above Vyomkesh Bakshi (Remeber, that Indian telly fiction), one can tell that the script has been dwelled upon and revised for a long time - a rarity for T town! Editing is average like a newbie finding out tricks on YouTube. Dialogues are pretty crisp but most of the times they sound more of Mumbai than Kolkatta. Another improvement for Hindi cinema is that they didn't underestimate the audience by repeating all English dialogues in Hindi..."HRD, Manav Sansaadhan Vibhag!" Vidya Balan's body language is perfect - she's a real actress. But the best thing in the whole movie is the background score by Clinton Cerejo! Awesome work, while ekla chalo re, revisited...is pure nostalgia! Must watch - once. As usual, I give more points to the trailers and superb marketing than the actual movie.
The story is of one pregnant Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) who comes to
Kolkata from London in search of her husband who was in India on an
assignment but suddenly went missing. There is little that the cops can
do since they are unable to trace any records of her husband in the
guest house, office or even airport immigration. Things take a drastic
turn when Vidya learns that her husband had a lookalike and perhaps
that could get him closer to her search. But soon her personal quest
turns into a political conspiracy.
Vidya Balan is the life of the film. She depicts the helpless yet brave pregnant woman very realistically. Parambrata Chattopadhyay, as Rana, is a discovery. He is superb as the young cop who falls in love with Vidya. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is memorable as Khan. Indraneil Sengupta does a fine job. Saswata Chatterjee (as the assailant, Bob Biswas) is just wonderful. Darshan Jariwala, Dhritiman Chatterjee and others offer able support.
Sujoy Ghosh's direction is very good. He makes the narrative engaging from the start to the end and extracts fine performances from his cast. However, his narrative style will appeal more to the city-based class audience. Vishal-Shekhar's music is very good. Setu's cinematography makes the nooks and crannies of Kolkata come alive. Production design, by Kaushik Das and Subrata Barik, is realistic.
On the whole, Kahaani is a very good entertainer which will pick up by word of mouth publicity.
A heroine centric movie in B'wood and that too with suspense and thrill is very rare. But this movie breaks those conceptions and delivers a very fine story. Keeps you hooked from start to end, keeps you guessing and blows you with a fine logical end. The story is shot in great Kolkata and the glimpses are well shot. No attempt to push humor is likable. No unnecessary badly placed songs. Amitabh's Ekala Chalo Re touches the heart. Top that with a great acting by Divya and well supported by unknown but mature characters around. Inspector Rana and Khan both are well portrayed. Divya is amazing and this is a MUST Watch ... even for H'wood lovers like me :) Do not miss the first shot !!!
Watched a wonderful movie today, "Kahaani". What an amazing movie? Thorough suspense and thriller. Simply Mind-Blowing. I can't stop writing in praise for this movie. Anyone interested in sensible cinema, must watch this movie. Till the end, no one can judge what the story is all about. You can't distract yourself as the storyline is very gripping/engaging. "Awesome" is the word for this movie. Great acting skills displayed by the whole star-cast especially Vidya. After watching Vidya in "Dirty Picture", I have become her fan. So far, all her movies have been sensible and entertaining. She has great acting prowess.
not often we get to see a Bollywood movie choosing Kolkata as the backdrop...moreover people often stereotypes things by synonymy-zing Kolkata with just Howrah bridge, Victoria memorial or the Ganges...but very few have dared to reflect the true kolkata by showing the rustic allies, typical busy mornings, food habits or the daily Adda sessions which is so popular and an integral part of our culture...i would like to give more brownie points to Sujoy for coming out of the shell and trying something different... the start of the movie itself is quite innovative...we are on the edge of our seat from the very beginning waiting for the next scene to unveil... not to mention the blend of melancholy with the festive moods of Kolkata...when people are busy brandishing new clothes here's one coming from London in search of his estranged husband...the driver's comment is worth mentioning... the story is a fast paced one...not for a second it drags the movie unintentionally...neither it tries to go astray... Vidya is probably the new phenomenon in Bollywood now :D shes probably a safe bet for any director now given the fact that shes going through this purple patch of her career...she indeed has got a mida's touch...she literally carries the film's burden on her and does perfect justice with her role...not to forget the young Parambrata who tried to match up with her excellence...but here special credit should go to Swaswata aka Bob Biswas for making the role of a serial killer so lively yet spine chilling and petrifying!!! the scene where he tries to push Vidya in the metro station indeed stopped our breath for a second... n lastly Mr. Sujog Ghosh...this is for u...with Jhankar beats u carved a niche for ourself..unfortunately after that we dint get to see much of u...but a comeback like this is worth waiting...i want to thank you heartily for filling the appetite of cine-goers like us who waits patiently for movies like these to hit the theaters...:)
Three things are outstanding, the direction by Sujoy Ghosh, The acting by Vidya Balan and the story. This movie along with recently released "Paan Singh Tomar" By Dhulia, are the best movies to come out in 2012, and keeps the hope and prayer for good movies alive. Vidya Balan has an innate ability to carry a movie with her flair for the simple and natural reacting more than acting. She does justice to the part of the "that Pregnant woman" like she always does to any part given to her as in "The Dirty Picture and "Who Killed Jessica." She along with Ghosh, should garner few awards, unless, the banchod suvvar scums from Scumistan, with their goonda cousins, who sit as Judges in all award shows, give them to this ape, a direct decendent of King Kong. along with his ape brothers,the midget monkey and the ugly scam artist. The direction is ace with sparse and discrete use of flashbacks. The intermingling of the street life, the culture, the festivities, is akin to watching a movie by Madhur Bhandarkar. The life and tribulations of living in Kolkotta is portrayed vividly by Ghosh, whose first film was a little known movie called "Jhankar Beats." The story is unbelievable and should get an award for best story for the sheer intricacy. From what I have read the story is real with few twists to fit a movie and this is not a copy of a movie. Thank God we have Sujoy Ghosh and Dhulia, to save the Hindi film industry from these sewer rats from Dirty Desh and Filthystan that have hijacked the industry and are a national disgrace and they have brought shame to an illustrious industry.
Hindi films have had many thrillers, most of which revolve around
similar plot of gangster action, and off late hardly such films have
accounted to classics. Kahaani, from trailers and posters, seemed to be
an offbeat commercial cinema: a lady (pregnant) in search of her
missing husband in a city where she finds herself lost in a labyrinth.
Like that in That Girl In Yellow Boots? No. Good that it's not. We are
offered with some chilling suspense and thrills. Move on.
Vidya (Bidda) Bagchi arrives Kolkata from London in search of a man called Ornob Bagchi whom she claims as her husband. Fails to learn anything substantial about him, she is supported by a policeman Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee). Look into Vidya's character, she seems stubborn, a fighter but somewhere you expect her as a typical Indian woman with melodrama to burst out as she grows. And she proves you wrong every time! She is a computer programmer, fixes bugs of police database system and boils up when sees a old rugged hard-copy records at the guest house. This is a subtle way of her characterization that she is way beyond intelligent than we expect! As soon as the story moves ahead, with its pace set to engage you and the characters infuse into the plot, you are given with many dots to connect. Solve the riddle. Say that you predicted the entire story. The movie still has things unrevealed to fool you. I bet. It's a smart & witty tale if you ignore some doubtful flaws and get carried away.
And what makes this tale happening is the top notch direction by Sujoy Ghosh. Bringing a pool of characters into the play, using them and eliminating them eventually, keeping the pace composed and delivering thrills and shocks with moments justifies the script and contends the audience at the same time. Ghosh pays ode to his hometown - Kolkata, where the plot is based, emanates its colors time to time. Also, not to forget, his respect for R.D. Burman (remember Jhankaar Beats?) with his songs in the background. Background score with mainly Aamhi Shotti Bolchi in the opening credits and Ekla Chalo Re in the closing, rest are not much derived from the album. Tore Bina rhythms at the scene where Vidya is seen waiting at the door for his husband, is delightful.
Coming upon performances, characters portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Khan, Bob Biswas played by Saswata Chatterjee and Rana will stay with you even after you move out of the auditorium. And by now we are habitual to see Vidya Balan outperforming in each of her movies since years. So lets just awards speak the rest! All and all, Kahaani is a mind bender, thoughtful film that gives you from balls in mouth moments to gulp in throat! After the cult Jhankaar Beats, and many flops later, Ghosh is back in action!
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