New Delhi, Dec 3: Sujoy Ghosh directorial Kahaani 2 is the big Bollywood release of this week. Is Kahani 2, the sequel of the blockbuster Kahani, starring orginal lead Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal able to match the expectations of the audiance?
Here is our take:
Kahaani 2 Cast: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Tunisha Sharma, Jugal Hansraj, Kharaj Mukherjee
Kahaani 2 Direction: Sujoy Ghosh
Kahaani 2 is an entirely different film from 2012’s Kahaani, although the movie shares 3 things– its leading lady, Vidya Balan; a West Bengal setting; and a strong sense of atmospherics.
Director Sujoy Ghosh’s small-town suspense thriller knocks the bottom of the thriller genre. It is not only a first-rate action drama with some of the most ingenious action (including one absolutely spellbinding fist-to-fist between the brave Vidya and female khaki-clad assassin), it is also a haunting, deeply disturbing mirror of our times when normalcy and decorum often hide grievous disturbances, best left untampered and unrevealed; until someone dares to tell the truth!
Balan plays Vidya Sinha, a middle-aged single mother living with her daughter Mini in Chandannagar, a small town on the outskirts of Kolkata. When sub-inspector Inderjeet Singh (Arjun Rampal) begins investigating her accident, he chances upon her conveniently detailed diary, which provides a window into her life before arriving in Chandannagar. In her past, she was known as Durga Rani Singh.
The film doesn’t wear its social conscience on its sleeve. There is nothing obvious in the sordid suggestions that creep up in the narrative. A look, a gesture or an innocent line thrown by the abused child (“He doesn’t let me sleep in the night”) is enough to escalate upheavals in the narrative as well as in the audiences’ conscience.
The casting is beyond reproach. And yet the actors are a not picture “perfect” in the way actors are in the films of Sanjay Leela Bhansali or Karan Johar. These are belching burping hurting wounding human beings. Vidya Balan more than the others. She portrays the surrogate mother on the run with a blend of maternal protectiveness and feminist pride without allowing her character to appear larger than life.
“Kahaani 2” with its steamed-up sense of foreboding and dread is the kind of devastating thriller that leaves us with a sense of tragic satiation. This is a story that needed to be told. It comes at the right time when we’ve lost the ability to protect a vulnerable section of society, busy as we are queuing up at ATM machines.