After a long time in 2016, I watched a movie Kahani 2. This was purely on the goodwill it had created with its earlier release – Kahani, and of course Vidya Balan. She is the only one real actress who manages to shoulder the responsibility of entire movie.
This time the plot is about a sensitive subject of child abuse, which, as far as I recall no mainstream Indian cinema has tried to handle earlier. Not a sequel in real terms, but you can call it a second installment.
Sujoy Ghose is brilliant in keeping audiences interested. The first half is quite stimulating compared to the second one, where it gets bit predictable and bollywood-ish. Durga Rani Singh (Vidya) is charged with kidnapping and murder. The inspector Inderjit Singh (Arjun Rampal) is not very convincing as a cop who helps the protagonist – Vidya throughout the film directly or indirectly.
The second half of the film become predictable, not that it has typical “masala” of song and dance, but nonetheless gun totting villain and kidnap drama. The cinematography captures the real West Bengal, no hi-fi sets, no candy floss, just real and pure India as you see in day-to-day from life of any common man.
Vidya Balan has performed an outstanding role and she has carried the burden from start till the end. Her stellar performance is the highlight of Kahaani 2. You connect with her with the first shot sans make-up. Her character is lonesome with nausea of connecting with people. Her only world is her paralyzed daughter.
Arjun Rampal has also performed his part well though he is not very convincing as a cop. Naisha Khanna, Jugal Hansraj, Tota Roychoudhury, Kaushik Sen, Kharaj Mukherjee and Manini Chadha have played their part well in of the movie. One more surprise was Jugal Hansraj as a villain, is bit hard to digest. He has such a cute features with a chocolate boy image though he must be in his 40’s now, nowhere does he look like a villain.
All in all a must watch for movie-buff if you dont like typical song-dance routine movies with candy floss romance. The director has ace in his casting with Vidya Balan and its a watchable because of her.
An excellent review. However it looks like the movie places a lot of burden on Vidya Balan .
Thanks Peeush, some of the very few movies I watch going to the multiplex
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