Movie Review Kahaani2012-03-13T19:11:57Z
Kahaani takes you on a ride of Kolkata along with Vidya -- the woman on a mission -- in her quest to find her hubby who has vamoosed into thin air. She conspires and even makes herself bait including hacking computers to find vital clues that can lead to her goal. Her accomplice is a cop Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee) who over due course develops an overwhelming feeling of love for her.
After a string of movies that got her noticed like Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture, here is one more to add to Vidya's memorable films kitty. Watch out for the scene when she breaks down in the guest room after repeatedly putting a brave front, it brings a lump in the throat. And when she is being pushed towards a running train - it is these among the many moments that make the film Vidya's all the way.
Director Ghosh who has also penned the screenplay weaves the City of Joy seamlessly into the narrative as his whodunnit unfolds. Yes, you want to know what will happen next and how Vidya will succeed. Especially in that huge Durga Puja celebration climax with the sea of women dressed in the typical shaada lal paad (white with red border) Bengali sarees.
However, what is a tad jarring in the opening scenes is when Vidya checks into the guest house room - it's a small enclosed confines, but suddenly the camera goes all over the place for a while which is best done in an open arena. Also, the cop Rana promptly falling in love with the heavily pregnant Vidya - the romance angle could have been well avoided as mere concern as well as the relatively ease with which Rana and she stumble upon clues and suspects in quick succession besides the rattling off the climax narrative. But despite these aberrations, this Kahaani is well told. It is worth spending your money to watch. Ghosh, whose earlier movies include Aladin (2009), Home Delivery (2005), and Jhankaar Beats (2003), can surely take a chill pill. The maverick director has weaved a distinct mystery tale and will be remembered for this Kahaani of his.