Kahaani 2: Balan’s brilliant best

Sujoy Ghosh had wanted to make Kahaani 2 back in 2014 under the name ‘Durga Rani Singh’ and honestly speaking, it would have been a better film then…

Vidya Balan and Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani was about a pregnant woman searching for a man who supposedly never was. The characters, their nuances, the way the film was shot in Kolkata, and above all, the suspense was a treat to our eyes and mind. Everything is there in Kahaani 2 as well. The characters are very well written, the direction is of a kind that we don’t generally see in Hindi cinema, there is a very beautiful Kampoling to look at and Vidya Balan is, as always, perfect! But what slops in this otherwise fast paced thriller is the second half.

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Title: Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh

Directed by: Sujoy Ghosh

Produced by: Sujoy Ghosh and Jayantilal Gada

Starring: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Naisha Khanna, Jugal Hansraj and Kharaj Mukherjee

Production Company: Boundscript Motion Pictures and Pen India Limited

Release date: 2nd December, 2016

Language: Hindi

Genre: Thriller

Vidya Balan plays Vidya Sinha, or Bida Sinha who is a mother. One day when she returns from work, her daughter Mini is missing and Vidya has an accident and goes into a state of temporary coma. Hot headed cop Inderjeet Singh, played by Arjun Rampal is on the case and when he sees Vidya for the first time, he calls her Durga. What follows is a series of events that links both the names and stories.

No one would have predicted Vidya Bagchi to not be pregnant in Kahaani, but here, you can kind of predict the forthcoming situations, though not so easily. Sujoy Ghosh has put in all his effort towards the direction of the film, and a little less towards the screenplay. I am not saying Kahaani 2 is a bad film, no, not at all. Its a beautiful film with a very fast paced first half which kept me on the edge of my seat. During the intermission, I texted a friend of mine that my brain turned in my head and that’s exactly what happened. But the film starts to lose its grip after the intermission, but what really keeps you hooked on is Vidya Balan.

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Vidya Balan is an amazing actor. She has, with this film, not only set a benchmark for other female actors, but male actors as well. She’s convincing as Vidya Sinha and Durga Rani Singh. Not at one point in the film will you doubt her acting skills even a tad bit. Her desperation to tell Mini’s story, to provide her with justice and to take her to… cant say where, but all of this is amazing. Her acting prowess is at par with her act in Kahaani, or even better. She leaves no stone unturned, specially in the climax when they are at Inder’s ancestoral home in Kolkata. It is all so natural and exactly at that moment, you cannot really predict anymore. But by then, the film is over.

Arjun Rampal delivers his career best performance. He is given a great character of a cop and a husband… uski wife thodi irritating hai, though I think that is an element of her character. But towards the end, his character becomes very Bollywoodish… But Arjun is amazing. Why doesn’t he do roles like this. Kisne bola tha Roy sigh karne?

Through Kahaani 2, Sujoy Ghosh gives us a beautiful message. He talks about child abuse and its aftermath. But again, the mentions are a little subtle. We don’t really get to know where things are going wrong or what is exactly happening, except for one scene where Vidya… uh! cant say again. As adults you and me will understand child abuse because we have read or heard about it, but a child will learn very little about child abuse from Kahaani 2.

All in all, Kahaani 2 is a flight from Goa to Mumbai that takes off effortlessly but as soon as its in the sky, it prepares to land. The good thing here is that Vidya Balan is the pilot of this flight so little goes haywire. Kahaani 2 is certainly a drop in the Kahaani franchise but I still do look forward to Kahaani 3…

My Rating: 3/5

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