Iam a Tamilian who spent few years of my childhood life in Mumbai.This is the first Hindi film I have ever watched in theatre and feel grateful to God for that experience!!But I missed out on watching Kukunoor film Aashayein and Jodi Breakers.I do feel bad on missing out on those!!OK..I will get down the review part...
Kahaani is a drama-thriller film directed by Sujoy Ghosh.The film stars Vidya Balan,Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in important roles.The film explores the emotional journey of Vidya Balan as she sets to find her lost husband in Kolkata.
Vidya Balan is impressive as the pregnant Vidya Bagchi.Her expressions are perfect.She gives a composed and restrained performance in tune with the requirements of the director.Parambrata Chatterjee gives a decent performance as the police officer Rana.Nawaz as the IB officer Khan is expressive but is wasted on a poorly sketched role.Out of the huge chunk of supporting characters,Saraswata Chatterjee(the gun assassin)impresses in a role which unfortunately has poor screen space.The hotel boy gives a natural acting performance.
The dialogues are good and manage to be realistic as well.In a largely fictional tale,the dialogues manage to bring a sense of realism.The only small problem I had was with the Bengali dialogues spoken at the beginning stages of the film.
The productions are decent and cinematography by Setu is very good.Kolkata is showcased in a very beautiful manner.Setu deserves appreciation for his wonderful effort.
Screenplay and Direction:
The screenplay is decent overall and the suspense element is well maintained.As an audience,you guess various things including the policeman having shades of Grey which turn out to be false.Along the course of the film you become involved and make many predictions/wild guesses.All of those will be proved wrong.Sujoy Ghosh benefits by solid script at his disposal.
On the flip side,the first half seemed a bit slow.The film picks up pace after the death of computer technician working at NDC.Each and every scene is well placed.The background score is good.
The logical aspects are ok but here too,there are some minor glitches.The case is investigated by the Investigation Bureau(IB).The reason is not explained clearly until we find out it is because of terrorist/rogue agent Milan Damji.Clarity is also missing with regard to the involvement of IB officers with the terrorist.Just finding the mobile number of an IB officer in a computer of the accused does not make for a compelling evidence.
On a positive note,the climax of the film is an absolute shocker!!But is it a bit over the top and slightly cinematic?Yes,as it makes for a compelling watch.
Vidya's characterization towards the end of the film does have shades of Evelyn Salt(Angelina Jolie).
Overall,a strong story and decent screenplay coupled with good performances from all manages to cover up all the minor or major flaws in this film.