Release Date:March 09, 2012
Vidya Bagchi arrives in Kolkata from London to find her missing husband. Seven month pregnant and alone in a festive city, she begins a relentless search for her husband. With nothing to rely on except fragment from her memories about him, all clues seem to reach a dead end when everyone tries to convince Vidya that her husband does not exist. She slowly realizes that nothing is what it seems. In a city soaked in lies, Vidya is determined to unravel the truth about her husband – for herself and her unborn child even at the cost her own life.
Balan is a breeze of fresh air in Bollywood, suffering from the curves of furniture heroines and "Kahaani", another robust step after the recent "The Dirty Picture" towards reinforcing the position of heroines in a traditionally hero-driven Bollywood. The subtlety with which the soul of the city has been interlaced in the screenplay, while not losing grasp on the flow of the story even for a moment, is a testimony of effectual storytelling.
Watch for sure, preferably in theatre.
An extremely quirky atmosphere is created by the camera, the narrative, the sound, the music and Vidya Balan. An experience that might seem incomplete if not watched on the big screen.
Bidda Bagchi arrives Kolkata from London in search of a man called Ornob Bagchi whom she claims as her husband. Fails to learn anything substantial about him, she is supported by a policeman Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee). Look into Vidya's character, she seems stubborn, a fighter but somewhere you expect her as a typical Indian woman with melodrama to burst out as she grows. And she proves you wrong everytime! She is a computer programmer, fixes bugs of police database system and boils up when sees a old rugged hardcopy records at the guest house. This is a subtle way of her characterization that she is way beyond intelligent than we expect!
As soon as the story moves ahead, with its pace set to engage you and the characters infuse into the plot, you are given with many dots to connect. Solve the riddle. Say that you predicted the entire story. The movie still has things unrevealed to fool you. I bet. It's a smart & witty tale if you ignore some doubtful flaws and get carried away.
Do you remember the times when your grandma used to tell you stories? Your eyes and ears focus to grandma and nothing else. You’ll watch this movie in the same manner. This movie isn’t a narration but it’s still a Kahaani.
Brilliant and engaging story, Powerful performance of Vidya Balan, Over the top climax, Top notch direction. Kahaani shouldn’t be missed.
Swapan Dasgupta , senior journalist had once quipped that "Calcutta is a great city to get out of". Director Sujoy Ghosh ,however, gives us more reasons than one to explore the city drenched in Durga Puja frenzy along with its lead character 'Bidya' Bagchi .
Kudos to Ghosh for not overselling the city and for not undercooking the plot. The ingredients seem just right for a gripping tale of suspense and intrigue.
Ami Shotti bolchi.