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Kahaani  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • Rishabh Baid
    Rishabh Baidwrote on Apr 17 2012 2:24PM

    The film opens with a
    poison-gas attack on a Kolkata Metro Rail compartment, killing the
    passengers on board. Two
    years after the incident, a London-based pregnant software engineer Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan ), arrives in Kolkata during Durga Puja. She is in search of her missing
    husband, Arnab Bagchi and is
    offered support from
    Satyaki "Rana" Sinha
    (Parambrata Chatterjee ), a junior police officer from Kalighat Police Station. Although Vidya claims that
    Arnab came to Kolkata on an
    assignment for the National
    Data Center (NDC), initial
    probes suggest that no
    person with that name was working in NDC, or stayed in
    the guesthouse that Arnab
    had described to Vidya
    during their phone
    conversations. Agnes D'mello, head of
    human resources at NDC,
    suggests to Vidya that her
    husband resembled Milan
    Damji (Indraneil Sengupta), an ex-employee of NDC. She
    tells Vidya that she would
    try to obtain his records
    from NDC's old office. Before
    she could do so, however,
    Agnes is killed by Bob Biswas ( Saswata Chatterjee ), an assassin who works
    undercover as a life insurance
    agent. Vidya, assisted by
    Rana, breaks into the old
    office of NDC to collect
    documents on Damji. They barely manage to escape a
    close brush with Bob who
    has also been ordered to
    search for the documents. Meanwhile, the attempts to
    obtain Damji's records rattle
    two high ranking Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials: the IB chief K.
    Bhaskaran (Dhritiman Chatterjee ) and his deputy Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui ). Khan arrives in Kolkata and
    reveals that Damji was an IB
    agent who had gone rogue
    and was responsible for the
    poison-gas attack on the Kolkata Metro . Khan warns Vidya not to get involved
    into the matter as he
    suspects a mole in the system. Vidya, fearing that
    Arnab's resemblance to Milan
    has led him into trouble,
    continues her relentless
    search. Bhaskaran tries to get
    help from a top retired IB officer Colonel Bajpai
    (Darshan Jariwala ), but he declines to take up the
    matter. The residential
    address on Damji's record
    lead Vidya and Rana to a
    dilapidated flat. The errand
    boy of the neighborhood tea stall, Poltu, informs them
    that the resident of that flat
    occasionally had a visitor. On
    Vidya's request Paresh, an
    artist and a police-informer,
    provides them with some details about Damji being
    wounded about two years
    ago and being treated by a
    certain Dr. Ganguly. But
    before Dr. Ganguly could
    provide them with further information, he is killed by
    Bob. Poltu then identifies R.
    Sridhar, a technology officer
    of NDC, as the person who
    had visited Damji's flat.
    Sridhar instructs Bob to kill
    Vidya. After a failed attempt to kill her in crowded
    alleyways, Bob is run over
    by a tempo during a chase. Examination of Bob's mobile
    phone leads them to an IP
    address sending instructions
    to kill her. Vidya and Rana
    break into Sridhar's office to
    verify his IP address. However, Sridhar is alerted
    electronically, and returns
    back to his office pursuing
    the duo. However, following
    a heated confrontation,
    Vidya shoots Sridhar accidentally. Khan is upset as
    he wanted Sridhar alive.
    Khan reveals that Rana had
    been working for him all
    along, using Vidya as a tool.
    Although not happy at being used as a ploy, Vidya agrees
    to help Khan on his request.
    Further examination of
    Sridhar's computer reveals a
    code which is deciphered to
    be Bhaskaran's phone number. As per Khan's
    instructions, Vidya calls
    Bhaskaran to tell him that
    she has got hold of sensitive
    documents from Sridhar's
    office and if Bhaskaran helps Vidya find her husband, she
    would hand over the
    documents to Bhaskaran.
    Bhaskaran nonchalantly tells
    Vidya to contact the local
    police as he is not associated with this. However, within a
    few minutes, Vidya gets a
    call from an unknown
    number, warning her that
    she should hand over the
    documents to the caller if she wishes to see her husband
    alive. As per the instruction of the
    caller, Vidya, goes to meet
    Damji at Triangular Park
    during the final day of the
    Durga Puja celebrations. Rana
    learns that Khan has risked Vidya's life, as Damji will
    inevitably kill her as she
    knows his identity. He
    follows her surreptitiously
    along with Khan. Between
    their conversations and negotiations about the
    documents and the
    whereabouts of her
    husband, Damji attacks
    Vidya hitting her in the
    abdomen. He points at Vidya to kill her, but is
    immediately thwarted by
    the prosthetic abdomen
    which Vidya has been using
    to fake her pregnancy. She
    kills a baffled Damji and flees in the crowd before the
    arrival of police, leaving a
    thank you note for Rana and
    a pen drive containing data
    from Sridhar's computer.
    Rana, based on several past incidences, deduces to Khan
    that no Vidya or Arnab
    Bagchi ever existed. It is she
    who has been using the
    police and IB for her motive.
    The data from the drive leads to Bhaskaran's arrest. Vidya, is revealed as the
    widow of Arup Basu ( Abir Chatterjee ), an IB officer and a colleague of Damji, who
    was killed in the poison-gas
    attack, while trying to locate
    the poisonous bottle. In her
    mission, Vidya was helped
    by Colonel Bajpai, who suspected the involvement
    of some top IB officials in the
    attack. Meanwhile, Rana
    watches a candle light vigil
    to those who died in the
    attack, just as the idol of Goddess Durga is submerged.


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