I knew I had to watch this one! Because it’s part of the Kahaani franchise and mysteries and thrillers tickles my brain very easily.
What the film is about?
The second version of Kahaani is a thriller involving a single-mother and her crippled daughter. They stay in a small apartment in Chandan Nagar, West Bengal and are waiting to move to New York for the younger one’s treatment. On one of their usual weekday mornings, Vidya Sinha (the mother) wakes up late and has to rush to office in Kolkata. She has to leave Mini (the daughter) alone for some time till the nurse arrives (she’s supposed to be at their home by 6 am). The day passes with Vidya coming home to find Mini kidnapped and a phone call asking her to come at a certain place to rescue her daughter. Vidya runs to save Mini only to be hit by a speeding kaali-peeli and landing up on an ICU bed and stay in coma for a few days.
Enter Inderjit Singh. The policeman who’s been eyeing a promotion and a job in Lalbazar, Kolkata and who works on what his gut-feeling says. Assigned with this case of road accident, he visits the hospital and the patient. The patient, he realizes, is Durga. Durga Rani Singh! From here on, unfolds the case of dual identity, a not-so-good past (child abuse) and the case of saving Mini.
What is film is not about?
Kahaani 2 lets you uncover the mystery with the story. Hence, you start predicting the plots and the end. It is definitely not about the policeman and the leading lady. They have their own shares of romances knitted within the story.
While the story has its twists and turns, it is not about the missing husband whom we all were searching throughout the first version.
Kahaani 1 and 2 have these in common:
- The leading lady is searching (the missing husband and now, her daughter)
- Supported by a police inspector (Satyaki and Inder)
- A hired assassin (but not so scary as Bob Biswas in the 2nd story)
- Kolkata and Bengal as the story set up
- Bosses of the inspectors who create and give tension
Why would I watch it again?
One, for the stellar performances of the actors. You know a character when you see the actor getting in its skin with perfection. In this case, Vidya Balan can only continue to be Vidya in all its installments. It will be difficult to imagine someone else playing Vidya, if not her. Arjun Rampal is the good looking eye candy inspector in the movie.
Two, for adding its name to the list of thrillers that Bollywood rarely produces.
This movie does give goose-bumps but occasionally. This is a good story but you will need to watch it after long intervals.