Friday, March 9, 2012

Kahaani Movie Review - The Best Bollywood Thriller ever !

Kahaani is one of the best Bollywood thrillers of recent times. The movie just asserts the most important thing that has become elusive for a long time- Content is King. Thankfully, last week’s Paan Singh Tomar and Kahaani released today have reinstated the fact that there are filmmakers who can dish out superior cinema.

Story of Kahaani 
Vidya Bagchi, a non-resident Indian comes from London, in Kolkata, heavily pregnant and stressed out due to the disappearance of her husband. He seems to have landed in India, and vanished in thin air. The search is not as easy as it seems. Yes the police are co-operative but therein lies a huge cover-up that has its seeds in a past catastrophic event. It would be criminal to reveal more, but it would be sufficient to say that the story is not as linear as an average mind would conjecture.

Plus points of Kahaani.
 Director Sujoy Ghosh has transformed into a master craftsman with the film. Not only is he able to capture  the sheer opulence of Bengal's festival Durga Puja, he also manages to work his way through the dark alleys in the hidden pockets of the state where a deceptive world fights hard to maintain its well engineered cover-up. The movie is flawlessly realistic without losing out on the entertainment quotient. As you brace the finishing line, all those broken pieces, that registered in your mind subconsciously, fall into place in such a manner that some of the hard-browed cynics may confess that the ending stumped them. The movie is peppered with many fantastic scenes that actually push the envelope, in terms of cinematic expertise. Advaita Kala has written the story of Kahaani along with Sujoy Ghosh. She has said that she will be releasing a novel on the same story soon.

Performances in Kahaani – The helpful cop Satyoki aka Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) is adorably restrained. A. Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui)‘s hot-headed cop act is a bit over the top, but he does have amazing screen presence The ensemble supporting cast is fantastic; Saswata Mukherjee as a hired assassin and Kharaj Mukherjee as a kindly podgy cop are beacons of brilliance. These two actors may not be quite familiar to Bollywood but they are veterans in Bengali cinema; we are sure they are going to get many offers in future for  Hindi cinema (whether they like it or not). Indraneil Sengupta has a small but pivotal role in the film.

Now, to the reason why we went to watch Kahaani in the first place - Vidya Balan. Vidya or should we say, Brilliant Balan has delivered an amazing performance once again. There is no stopping this amazing talent who has given us back to back superhits in the form of Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and now, Kahaani. She won all the awards in 2011 as well as National Award, this one shows that she definitely deserves another one for Kahaani.

 There have been good actresses like Vidya Balan before as well, but she is a rare combination of beauty and brains; brains enough to sense a good script that can make love to the box-office.


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