Kahaani
Director
Sujoy Ghosh
Writer
Sujoy Ghosh
Actors
Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Darshan Jariwala, Masood Akhtar
Runtime
2 h 02 min
Release Date
8 March 2012
Genres
Mystery, Thriller
Overview
Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) arrives in Kolkata from London to find her missing husband Arnab Bagchi. Seven months pregnant and alone in a festive city, she begins a relentless search for her husband. With nothing to rely on except fragments from her memories about him, all clues seem to reach a dead end when everyone tries to convince Vidya that her husband does not exist. She slowly realises that nothing is what it seems. In a city soaked in lies, Vidya is determined to unravel the truth about her husband - for herself and her unborn child - even at the cost of her own life.
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KAHAANI

Complexion? “Wheatish.” Would you or any of your friends use wheatish to describe a person – no – which is one of the reasons to watch an International film, so you experience things that are not wholly American. Kahaani was filmed in Kolkata, India, mainly on the streets of Kolkata during the colorful festival of Durga Puja. A very pregnant Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) flies in from London to search for her husband who has disappeared during a business trip.

Kahaani International film

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The Police become more interested in her plight when they realize her husband resembles a “most wanted” killer being hunted by a couple of agencies in India. A mystery thriller with several assassination murders, intrigue and double-crossing, with the Police and Indian Intelligence (IB) scheming behind everyone’s back. The plot is confusing, but then add the English headlines on the TV news along with the subtitles, and characters speaking part of a sentence in English and part in Hindi, and it’s a challenge, but a challenge worth accepting. This movie calls for some fast reading and looking (or pausing), especially toward the end.

Kahaani International film

This 2-hour movie is basically a one woman show which is quite different from the majority of Bollywood movies. There are several weak scenes, maybe they are expected scenes in India, but they take away from the building up tension. The worst? When one male character begins fantasizing about the female lead, a music video interlude breaks out with pensive and sexy looks to make sure you all understand what’s happening, although it ends with a bit of humor when the guy’s Mother calls, “You’re late for dinner” and kills his daydream.

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The high point, in addition to Vidya, were the street scenes showing the real Kolkata, not hiding any of the problems. A very pregnant despondent woman roaming the streets of Kolkata seemed odd, very odd to the Police, but she was an intelligent computer engineer, and was always kind to the people, especially the children, which always helps in the long run. The movie ends with a satisfying final scene. Pregnant Vidya had one crying scene, not the best cryer, maybe only a three on the crying scale.

Kahaani Complexion? “Wheatish.”

 

 

 

The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending
A terrorist gas attack two years prior killed Vidya’s husband and caused her to miscarry. Toward the end of the movie we discover the terrorist attack was the work of Milan Damji, a rogue Indian Intelligence agent, who looks like her pseudo-husband. Vidya was posing as a pregnant woman knowing the Police would dismiss her and would allow her to more easily find Damji. A lot of long-named Indian guys plot and trick and kill and lie but finally using her computer knowledge Vidya gets some data everyone is interested in. Since the Police dismissed her, she is free to set up a meeting with Damji. Damji is prepared to kill her, but she whips out her prosthetic pregnant belly, hits the gun away, stabs him in the neck with her long hair pin, breaks his ankle (somehow), then shoots him with his gun, very cathartic death (maybe a little hard to believe). Vidya disappears and the Police discover she duped them to get her revenge. Her real husband did die in the gas attack, but she Photoshoped pictures to make him resemble Milan Damji.

 

Movie Details

Director
Sujoy Ghosh
Writer
Sujoy Ghosh
Actors
Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Darshan Jariwala, Masood Akhtar
Runtime
2 h 02 min
Release Date
8 March 2012
Genres
Mystery, Thriller
Overview
Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) arrives in Kolkata from London to find her missing husband Arnab Bagchi. Seven months pregnant and alone in a festive city, she begins a relentless search for her husband. With nothing to rely on except fragments from her memories about him, all clues seem to reach a dead end when everyone tries to convince Vidya that her husband does not exist. She slowly realises that nothing is what it seems. In a city soaked in lies, Vidya is determined to unravel the truth about her husband - for herself and her unborn child - even at the cost of her own life.

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