3 Good

Sujoy Ghosh returns with 'Kahaani 2', after the terrific Kahaani in 2012. Well, this isn't a sequel to be honest, its the second installment in the Kahaani series. So Does Sujoy deliver this time well? The answer, is a Yes. Well...mostly!

'Kahaani 2' is an intense & interesting film, that has a superb first-hour, which keeps you at the edge of your seat. But sadly, the second-hour isn't strong enough & the predictability puts you off. Nonetheless, Sujoy keeps the narrative well-paced & the performances are uniformly excellent!

'Kahaani 2' Synopsis: When Durga Rani Singh (Vidya Balan) is charged for kidnapping a child & murdering someone, A cop (Arjun Rampal) tries to solve the mystery.

I don't want to reveal much about the film's main plot, as there some things that might spoil your viewing, but I'd say that Durga Rani Singh's fight for the child is nicely built-up & a very shocking twist in the first-hour, truly terrifies you. You root for Durga, without doubt! Sujoy keeps the twists coming in well, although post-interval, the twists get predictable & the culmination is a little too long. I enjoyed Durga Rani Singh's character & even the Cop is quite a to-the-point hero. Even the sub-plots are fairly good & don't come in the way of the main-plot. But for any thriller, the narrative should not lose its thrill. And that's where 'Kahaani 2' eventually fumbles. Its rock-solid for a while & then its all predictable!

Sujoy's Screenplay is interesting in parts & offers some solid moments. How I wish the second-hour was sharper & even higher on thrills. The Dialogue, are quite good. Sujoy's Direction, on the other-hand, is suitably dark & intense, adapting to the narrative's mood, appropriately. Cinematography is superb & captures the beauty of West Bengal, perfectly. Editing is mostly crisp. Art & Costume Design are well-done. Background Score merits a special mention.

Performance-Wise: Vidya Balan & Arjun Rampal, both, are up for vie top honors. Vidya is excellent as Durga Rani Singh, portraying a women of courage & power, with full commitment. Her scenes with the little girl are truly wonderful. Arjun is in top-form after a long time. He nails the part & enacts the cop, skillfully. Naisha Khanna is adorable. of the supporting cast, Jugal Hansraj is at his creepiest best, while Kharaj Mukherjee & Manini Chadha lend great support. The actress who portrays Naisha's grandmother, is first-rate.

On the whole, 'Kahaani 2' is a decent film, that could've been great, had the Writing been superior. A one-time watch!