Kahaani – Review
After the national award winning dirty performance in The Dirty Picture, Vidya balan is back with yet another brilliant kahaani.
Spoiler alert: Skip the next para to bypass the story knot. Though I have not revealed the entire summary.
A heavily pregnant Vidya lands up all alone in Kolkatta in search of her missing husband. She files a missing complaint with the police and with the help of a friendly young cop, her search takes her to a trails of murders and mysteries. Soon she finds herself sucked into the dark underbelly of the Intelligence bureau, who utilises her to track down Milan Damaji, a terrorist involved in a gas attack on Kolkatta metro station, some two years back. Incidentally both her husband and the terrorist confusingly resemble each other, throwing many possibilities. Did Vidya manage to find her husband? Is there any connection between Milan and her husband? makes the entire part of this suspense drama which ends up in an unexpected climax.
In an industry riding on larger than life super star heroes, Vidya Balan stands tall with her women centric movies that deliver both commendable performance and meaningful content. Though far and few, Vidya manages to carve her own identity unlike other leading heroines who are content just being on-screen glamour doll. Like in Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture, the movie that propelled her to critical and popular stardom and also a national award, Vidya is quiet convincing as a pregnant lady who is nervous but still bold and determined to track her husband in a city that is friendly as well as with danger lurking behind.
For director Sujoy Ghosh who made a debut with Jhankaar beats in 2003 and followed up with disasterous and forgettable movies, Home delivery and Aladin, Kahaani is a kind of movie that makes you wonder why it took almost a decade for a director to find his real calibre. Whatever reason it might be, Kahaani makes you forget all his earlier stints. In Kahaani Sujoy has got his complete control on the story, script and the narration. Kolkata comes alive in the story with all its realness and along with commendable performance not just from Vidya but also ably supported by Bengali actors largely unknown for most of us.
Bengali actors Parambatra Chatterjee who enacts a friendly cop, Rana who helps Vidya in her journey and Saswata Chatterjee as Bob, a non-descript under played contract killer quietly sparkle in the screen with their performance and not to forget many other characters and ya the movie has dozens of characters by the way, though you won’t miss any of them thanks to their compelling characterization and performance even if they come in far few scenes.
And the cinematography by Setu who has captured Kolkatta in its raw and all realness. The city of joy comes alive in its bylanes and buzy neighbourhoods and climaxes in the festive season.
Ginger Chai verdict: Don’t miss this suspense drama, it is quiet a good watch. Watch it for Vidya, watch it for Kolkata, watch it for good script and more importantly watch it coz such movies that does not bank upon larger that life super stars who has nothing much to offer but their star might and PR machinery, shoulda be encouraged.