Kahaani Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:39:03.1900000 IST


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After the box-office and critical success of films like PARINEETA, NO ONE KILLED JESSICA and now the blockbuster, THE DIRTY PICTURE, the market of women-centric flicks is fast turning out to be a bankable genre. Vidya Balan, a name synonymous to these author-backed women-centric flicks in Bollywood reappears again as the main lead in Sujoy Ghosh directed KAHAANI. It brings an aura of contemporary and classic Bengali cultural feel, with a commercially uncharacteristic feel in its musical segment. After delivering out a series of successful musical albums (THE DIRTY PICTURE, RA.ONE, TEES MAAR KHAN and ANJAANA ANJAANI) in last few years, composer duo Vishal-Shekhar experiment with Indian classical musical genre with a blend of hard-rock cum contemporary western music in its entire audio listing. If one goes by the track-records, Vishal-Shekhar's music for all Sujoy Ghosh flicks (JHANKAAR BEATS, HOME DELIVERY and ALADIN) has been laudable with almost no traces of mediocrity in it and this time too one expects a quality product from them. Will they make it this time...let's check this out!!!

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Grueling, intriguing and descriptive, the kaleidoscopic view of buzzing and impulsive Kolkata city gets a 70's bombastic musical upsurge with booming and coarse voices coming out aggressively in throws of bombastically orchestral feel in thematically conceived ''Aami Shotti Bolchi''. After delivering out two rip-roaring tracks (''Darling'' (7 KHOON MAAF) and ''Hai yeh Maaya'' (DON 2)), loud-throated Usha Uthup, fires on all cylinders to delivers out another ferociously narrative track that talks about the lifestyle, whims and fancies of Kolkata city. Like Amit Trivedi's thematically composed ''Dilli'' (NO ONE KILLED JESSICA), this song excruciates out the aggrieved mindset of the protagonist trapped in the whirlpool of unpredictable happenings. Vishal-Shekhar's composition has a blend of 'death-rock' and R.D Burman's style of musical feel and permeates well into the blood-curdling situational feel. For its intrinsically Bengali lyrical touches and 70's daunting feel, the soundtrack can well be conceived as a powerful contrivance as the evocative background score.

Catching fast with the unexplored genre of Indian classical musical 'fusion' feel, the next soundtrack, ''Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re'', a melancholically profound track brings more substance and pathos in the musical credits of the flick. Distressed, volatile and vociferously strenuous, Javed Bashir's classically synchronized vocals glorify the depressed state of mind with a feel of despair and separation. The track belongs to the genre of Indi-Rock bands (AGNEE, THE INDIAN OCEAN), where there is loads of emphasis on the Indian classical attributes embroiled with strong feel of hard-rock. Vishal-Shekhar's music is poignantly radiant and ignites out the 'fire-within' emotion with blazing distorted guitar riffs clubbed with percussions running loud in the backdrop. Like Monty Sharma's remarkably composed ''Kaare Kaare Badra'' (MIRCH), this soundtrack too is a purist's listening delight and another razor-sharp sounding situational track that should be doing all the needful in the demanding situations of the flick. Impressive!!!

KAHAANI gets a monologue of heart-warming expressions, a melodiously conceived offering comes all the way with fine blend of meticulously played orchestral, penetrative wordings, and above all extraordinarily rendered vocals in wonderfully composed ''Kahaani''. KK's soul-stirring voice in varying tones narrates it all; a brilliant form of singing that gets a great support of Vishal Dadlani's well versed lyrics (''Kabhi aankhon se kar ke ishaara, Kabhi baahon ka de ke sahara, Mera inn raahon se hai rishta koi, Anjaana sa purana qissa koi, Inse jo poochho toh kehengi yeh meri Kahaani...''), narrating out the tearful and heartfelt sentiments of the protagonist. The additional soulful choral impacts of Vishal's voice evocates an extra poignant feel that stays till the last beat of the track. This time Vishal-Shekhar unravel the popular genre of soft-rock ballad, a fort well embarked by Pritam, with a strong thematically inclined feel, conceptualized well with all the desired musical elements. ''Kahaani (female)'', a relatively slow and somber version by honey-coated voiced Shreya Ghoshal, is equally mesmerizing, both in rendition and soothing decorum. It carries out the similar emblematic feel of KAHAANI with a 'woman-centric' vocalizations and similar lyrical setting that impresses to the core. Vishal-Shekhar deserve appreciation for being competitive, consistent and prolific in bringing the finest of the entire musical team and making this an engrossing cum narrative title track. Brilliant!!!



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Mrs. Bagchi is in search of clues that will take her to her husband. She has just one photograph of him and with that she goes to his office. The HR head there tells her that there was no such man working in their office. Moreover, the local police have confirmed that no Arnab Bagchi left London, nor came through immigration in India. This leaves Mrs. Bagchi even more confused. But she knows for sure her husband is in Kolkata, and she is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the mystery, with or without the help of the local police.

There's one catch here. Her husband resembles one Milan Damji, who worked for the Data Centre where her husband worked. Somehow, all traces of Damji have been wiped off, or cannot be accessed. Any attempt to get to him or have access to information on him leaves a trail of dead bodies. Damji, it appears, was the mastermind, behind the tragic train attack two years ago. So is her husband living a dual life? That's the mystery she has to unearth. To her mind, she knows that her husband can do no such evil act! She needs to find the truth for hers and their unborn child's sake.

CHECK OUT: KAHAANI Music Review


Two other actors catch the eye. The young boy who works at hotel Monalisa where Mrs. Bagchi stays and the chaiwalla.

Book your ticket, and brace yourself for an unforgettable ride. I'm going to watch it again.

Rating: 4.5/5


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KAHAANI is a thriller which you just cannot miss. Sujoy Ghosh goes about unraveling the mystery of Vidya Bagchi's (Vidya Balan) missing husband with such neat detailing that the trump card he reveals in the end is like a swift blow to the Solar Plexus. It catches you unawares and leaves you short of breath. Stupendous. Take a bow, Sujoy Ghosh.

This movie was a winner at the script level itself. Roping in Vidya Balan as the main protagonist was another master stroke. Mind you, there is no hero. Like in THE DIRTY PICTURE, Vidya here is the hero. Single-handedly, she takes the viewer through an experience that can be simply termed as WOW! Released on International Women's Day, this movie definitely makes a statement for all the women in Bollywood!

There is no fanfare in her approach to a role. Vidya simply immerses herself in the character she is asked to play. She keeps to her space, and gets into a 'zone'. It wouldn't be wrong to say that her approach to a role in fact challenges the other actors around her to give in their best. This is what happens in KAHAANI as Parambrata Chattopadhyay, who plays Rana, the sub-inspector and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Khan the ATS officer stand equally on par with Vidya with their towering performances. Together, along with the slick editing, these three make for a compelling thriller.

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The casting as well as the setting of the story in Kolkata during Durga Puja are other deciding factors that work hugely in the film's favour. Being a Bengali, I guess, Sujoy had an upper hand in detailing the finer aspects of the city and taking it to its ultimate climax.

The film opens with a terror attack on the city's metro. Over a 100 people have been killed in a gas leak inside a train. The action then moves to two years later. A heavily pregnant Mrs. Bagchi has just arrived from London and straight away makes her way to the police station to register a complaint to find her missing husband. Arnab Bagchi had left London a month ago. For two weeks, he was constantly in touch with his wife. Suddenly all traces of him disappear.



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Mrs. Bagchi is in search of clues that will take her to her husband. She has just one photograph of him and with that she goes to his office. The HR head there tells her that there was no such man working in their office. Moreover, the local police have confirmed that no Arnab Bagchi left London, nor came through immigration in India. This leaves Mrs. Bagchi even more confused. But she knows for sure her husband is in Kolkata, and she is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the mystery, with or without the help of the local police.

There's one catch here. Her husband resembles one Milan Damji, who worked for the Data Centre where her husband worked. Somehow, all traces of Damji have been wiped off, or cannot be accessed. Any attempt to get to him or have access to information on him leaves a trail of dead bodies. Damji, it appears, was the mastermind, behind the tragic train attack two years ago. So is her husband living a dual life? That's the mystery she has to unearth. To her mind, she knows that her husband can do no such evil act! She needs to find the truth for hers and their unborn child's sake.

CHECK OUT: KAHAANI Music Review


Two other actors catch the eye. The young boy who works at hotel Monalisa where Mrs. Bagchi stays and the chaiwalla.

Book your ticket, and brace yourself for an unforgettable ride. I'm going to watch it again.

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating 4.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Director: Sujoy Ghosh
  • Actor: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
  • Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani, Sandeep Srivastava, Clinton Cerejo and Anvita Dutt
  • Release Date : 09 Mar 2012

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