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Kahaani review by ibnlive.com
Kahaani critic rating (ibnlive.com): 3.5
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Kahaani critic rating (bollywoodhungama.com): 4
Kahaani review by The Telegraph
Kahaani critic rating (The Telegraph): 3.5
Kahaani review by Times of India
Kahaani critic rating (Times of India): 4
Kahaani review by DNA India
Kahaani critic rating (DNA India): 4
 
 

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Kahaani  (2012 - Hindi)

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Kahaani cumulative rating: 4.2 out of 54.2/5 (373 users)

Kahaani critics rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8/5 (16 critics)

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  • Jewel Thief,Gumnam,Teesri Manzil,Khamosh,Kahaani??

    Kahaani rating: 9 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 08 Mar 2012)

    Before we start talking about ‘Kahaani’, let me share all of you that from my childhood I use to crave for Suspense Thrillers. Films like Jewel Thief, Gumnaam, Teesri Manzil, Khamosh, Khel Khel Mein, Khiladi, Khoj, Desh Drohi, Bees Saal Baad, Dhund, Dhuan,Who Main Nahin, Kaun Kaisey and many more were among my any time movie watch list. The magic of these films was that the more you know about the film, more engrossed you are in the film and if the finale turns out totally opposite of your assumptions then it was full ‘Paisa Vasool’ time. Sadly in last few years the list stopped growing and Suspense Thrillers genre seemed to fade out. Abbas Mustaan and few new comers did make few films based on this genre, but they seem to be more of forced thrills. So Director Sujoy Gosh brings us a Suspense Thriller ‘Kahaani’ with the most talked and top performer Vidya Balan. Let’s find out if this film deserves to join the list of all time classics or might be just weak clone of Abbas Mustaan type films or end up being even worse than director’s worst work – Home Delivery. Let’s find out.

    “Kahaani” is story of Vidya Bagchi {Vidya Balan}, a pregnant lady who comes from London to Kolkata in search of her husband Arnab Bagchi {Indraneil Sengupta}. She lodges a missing person complaint in local police station. Her case is under the custody of Satyoki Sinha / Rana {Parambrata Chattopadhyay}, who does not get any clue over Arnab Bagchi. Vidya’s all evidence has only one answer – There is no one of such name. But then comes a turning point leading to a roller coaster ride full of twist and turns.

    Story is Superb and has loads of twist and turns. Screenplay is one of the heroes in this film. The writing is so powerful and all the scenes are important and go very well with the film. As the intermission comes, one does feel that till now it was superb and let’s hope that the second half does not spoil the fun. It does not as Second half is outstanding leading to a fantastic finale. There are many fantastic scenes like Vidya at the Police Station, The Agnes Twist, Vidya meeting Nawazuddin for first time, Intermission point, The whole Hacking part and many many more. On the flip side frankly speaking I did not find any, but if one has to be bit cynical then might say that the negative people could have been sharper. Camera work is of top notch. The way Cinematographer Setu has shot this film is amazing. He has used the Kolkata city as one of the key character of the film. From Metro to tram to Cycle Rickshaw to Durga Puja, he made them all look alive on the screen. Editing was just perfect.

    Music by Vishal Shekhar is superb. Barring ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ by Amitabh Bachchan none of other songs are used in the film. But the way ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ comes in the film, it gives you goose bumps. But Background music of this film is outstanding. A special mention for using R.D.Burman’s songs as part of background music, which is fantastic.

    Sujoy Ghosh made his first film ‘Jhankaar Beats’ without learning D of direction. He directed the whole film by learning the film making through books. But sadly after this film he gave a miserable film ‘Home Delivery’. His ‘Aladin’ was saved by fine performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, but as a director it was another blow for him. But out one cannot believe that this film is directed by Sujoy Ghosh. He re discovers the passion and talent inside him and gives us one of his finest work. The way he has narrated the film is commendable. His minor detailing and finesse wins him those extra brownie points which works in favor of the film.

    Vidya Balan is the main Hero of the film and as again and again proved that her films can work without any hero too. No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Now Kahaani are perfect example. She joins the elite group of Shabhana Azmi, Tabu and if she continues in this manner might excel them too. You need guts to accept such role. No other heroine could accept such role and even give half of what she has performed. Parambrata Chattopadhyay as the cop is superb and total down to earth. Nawazuddin, Kharaj Mukherjee and Saswata Chattopadhyay gives perfect support to the film. Few more characters like Bob, The Guest House manager Das, The Guest house Kid, Etc did a remarkable job. Indraneil Sengupta, Dharshan Jariwala and Dhritiman Chatterjee does their part very well.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum??? This film has all the Dum you want. It has everything in it – Fine Performances, Superb Cinematography, Excellent Direction, Crisp Writing and most important total gripping. It won’t give you a single second to think and keep you glued to the silver screen. After watching this film one can answer when asked – Which are your all time best Indian Suspense Thrillers ? And the answer shall be Jewel Thief, Gumnaam, Teesri Manzil, Khamosh, Kahaani, etc.

    Ratings : 4.5+/5

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