5 Excellent


With a storyline that literally drives you through Kolkata and its myriad colors, Kahaani leaves you humming – Ekla Chalo Re – long after its scheduled 2 hours. Everything about Kahaani leaves an impression – its realistic cast (Vidya – vulnerable yet determined; Rana – naïve yet passionate; Khan – crass yet commanding); unglamourous setting (real way of life); an unpredictable storyline that falls logically in place. True, Kahaan is a Balan movie through and through, but its Vidya Bagchi you see and hear and feel. Sujoy’s brilliance as a director is seen even in characters that were only meant to support the story – Chatterjee, the typical like-able inspector, Vishnu, the errand boy and his radio, Bob Biswas, the psychotic contract killer – all add to making Kaahani the story that it turned out to be. Worth mentioning is also the equally strong cinematography that absolutely shines in the climax, making Vidya assume a Goddess Durga type of charm. In anyone who has ever felt the loss of someone they love, Kahaani is totally capable of brining back feelings of desperation in one minute, hope in another, betrayal in one and of closure in the next. Strong emotions that the movie exudes, making it a must watch film for sensible movie watchers.

Tragically, Kahaani is a type of film that would not be appreciated by the Masala loving audiences of Bollywood.